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SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream II

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SeaDream II Review

Prototypes for an ultra-luxury yachting experience, the SeaDream Yacht Club megayachts have a history of sailing under several banners. Conceived as a Sea Goddess vessel for that long-defunct boutique cruise line, Sea Goddess II—the second ship, which launched in

1985—subsequently joined the Seabourn fleet and sailed as Seabourn Goddess II. SeaDream Yacht Club acquired her in 2002 and named her SeaDream II to launch the cruise line with her twin sister ship SeaDream I.

Although these vessels are not huge, the public rooms are quite spacious; the Main Salon and Dining Salon are large enough to comfortably seat all passengers at once. Decor is elegant in its simplicity and is surprisingly non-nautical. Instead, it's modern and sleek, utilizing the hues of the sea, sky, and sandy beaches. Oriental rugs cover polished teak floors in the reception area and in the large, sun-splashed library, where you'll find more than 1,000 books from which to choose, as well as computers to access the Internet. The library also lends movies to watch on the flat-screen TV/DVD player in your suite.

Balinese sun beds are the ideal spot to relax by day, either for sunbathing or reading beneath an umbrella. A telescope mounted at each ship's stern is handy for spotting land and other vessels at sea.

SeaDream yachts began sailing in 1984 beneath the Sea Goddess banner, and after a couple of changes of ownership and total renovations, they have evolved into the ultimate boutique ships. A voyage on one of these sleek megayachts is all about personal choice. Passengers enjoy an unstructured holiday at sea doing what they please, making it easy to imagine the diminutive vessel really is a private yacht. The ambience is refined and elegantly casual.

Fine dining and socializing with fellow passengers and the ships' captains and officers are preferred yachting pastimes.

A well-stocked library has books and movies for those who prefer quiet pursuits in the privacy of their staterooms. In addition, MP3 players stocked with all types of music—enough to play for a complete sailing without repeating a selection—are available for personal use at no charge.

The weekly picnic on a private beach is considered by many passengers as their most memorable experience ashore during a SeaDream cruise. It begins with refreshing drinks served during a wet landing from Zodiacs and is followed by SeaDream's signature champagne-and-caviar splash served to passengers from a surfboard bar in the crystal clear water. On voyages where it isn't possible to host the champagne-and-caviar splash ashore, it is celebrated poolside.

SeaDream yachts are often chartered by families, corporations, and other affinity groups, but the company does not charter both ships at the same time. If your chosen sailing is closed to you because of a charter, the other yacht will be available.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • The barbecue held on a deserted stretch of beach would be a highlight even if it didn't include champagne and caviar
  • The Top of the Yacht Bar is the sociable choice
  • No smoking is allowed indoors, which is refreshing

Cons

  • The ships are not appropriate for anyone confined to a wheelchair, as public facilities have thresholds and the elevator doesn't reach the uppermost deck
  • There's a charge for wines and spirits ordered for your suite
  • You might miss schedule changes if you skip cocktails before dinner
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 95
  • Entered Service 1985
  • Gross Tons 4,300
  • Length 344 feet
  • Number of Cabins 56
  • Passenger Capacity 112
  • Width 47 feet
  • New

Sep 17, 2008

Trans Atlantic

Revamped Seabourn/Cunard Sea Goddess 2. Company publicity cites cruise experience improved. Sailed many times on Goddess and you are assured this is truly inferior. The ships have been nicely refurbished, but service is lacking, We - party of 20 friends plus 29 other passengers, cruised transatlantic, Barcelona to St Thomas Oct 2002. The overwhelming majority of co-passengers opined that this new cruise experience was considerably inferior

to Cunard/ Seabourn old Sea Goddess 1 & 2 in most ways, the exceptions being decor, deck layout, gym and library features. Arrival and greeting is substandard, more especially for a ship of this caliber, nothing more than a dressed up, stressed out cargo Capt shaking hands, pointing the way inside the ship, as if we couldn't find our own way in through a door! No flowers, no music, no fruit, no welcome drinks, no crew. Packing cases stacked on deck, ski-doos lashed down on the aft deck, a previously important space for deck activities. Giving the overall impression of a holiday resort closed for the winter. Food. Is at best nothing more than US 'diner standard'. Breakfast is good, lunch passable, dinner appalling. I awarded a lifejacket to the grossly misnamed Chef de Cuisine, for he may have needed it if the food didn't improve -it didn't, but unfortunately he stayed to plague the passengers with his miserable attempts to cook. He, his Faulty Towers style unbelievably shambolic kitchen (my wife was a professional chef), supported by the disorganized restaurant waiting staff served to cap the horrible boring experience. No entertainment, 'excused' by placating us with the storyline -appealing to the unstructured lifestyle of the demanding rich. I think the owner should leave the cold and misery of Norway and Scandinavia and gain some experience of how we really live in the real 'unstructured rich world'. Passenger Crew are mismanaged therefore disorganized. The Capt (competent) but poor chap is ex cargo ship, and clearly cruises with cost saving in mind i.e. shortest distance, to hell with passenger comfort (I'm an ex seafarer). Overall: Rubbish and a never again experience. My advice is forget these ships until they are sold to a proper company who know how to run cruise ships.

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