SeaDream Yacht Club was founded in September of 2001 by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line and Larry Pimentel, who was President of Seabourn under Brynestad and later President and CEO of the merged companies Cunard-Seabourn. Pimentel is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SeaDream and a co-owner. The two friends, Brynestad and Pimentel, brought into SeaDream a small group of management colleagues with vast travel industry experience as well as shipboard officers and staff of unequaled ability.
Why is SeaDream Called a Yacht Club?
As the Chairman says "We are not a cruise line. We are a yacht company and we provide a yachting experience." Yachting features an open and unstructured ambience that provides guests the ability to fulfill their own dreams - call them "seadreams" if you will - at their own pace and in their own style. We like to express this as "No clocks, no crowds, no lines, no stress." The key word for the SeaDream yachting experience is "unstructured. It's all about personal choice. Think of it as a free form holiday in which guests fall into a "seadream" and believe that they are aboard their own yacht. That's why we say SeaDream is a yacht company; not a cruise line.
What are some of the highlights of the SeaDream yachting experience?
Flexible Schedules and Itineraries - Basically, SeaDream I and II sail on scheduled, seven-day schedules and itineraries. Nevertheless, although SeaDream yachts depart their first port of call and arrive at their last port of call as scheduled, arrivals and departures at intermediate ports are not necessarily cast in stone. Captains have the authority to adjust for local opportunities. So the yachts frequently make unscheduled calls at small ports to visit a local fish market, for example, or to remain longer than scheduled in a secluded bay so guests can enjoy a few more hours of water sports.
Overnighting in Key Ports - Let's go back to cruise ships for a moment.
Cruise ships usually arrive at ports of call in the early morning and depart in the evening of the same day.
But SeaDream yachts overnight at many ports of call; for example: One port in the Caribbean where there is an overnight is Gustavia on the French island, St. Barts. When you sail in the Mediterranean there is an overnight at the French Riviera port of St. Tropez.
The point is the action doesn't even get started in ports such as these until late in the evening and we have found that guests are active people who don't want to miss anything.
Officers and Staff Lead Guests on Personal Off-Ship Experiences - Officers and staff know the ports of call like the backs of their hands. They are experts and they are also active, interesting people just like the guests they serve. So, on each sailing Officers and Staff frequently lead guests to their favorite sites for their favorite experiences. So, guests might have the chance to go snorkeling with the Captain in an area he knows well and enjoys. Or, the Activities Director might lead guests on a shoreside hike that he has uncovered on a previous visit. Guest may also want to join the Chef for a visit to his favorite patisserie or to a fine fish market where he plans to select some delicacies to put on the menu that evening. There is no cost for these shoreside opportunities.
Dining aboard SeaDream is a culinary adventure for the senses. Whether dining in the elegantly appointed Dining Salon or Al Fresco, all guests enjoy open seating dining and award-winning service. The menus offer a wide variety of international and regional dishes. Featuring “Cuisine A La Minute”, where each dish is prepared fresh and to order. The Chefs also include a Vegetarian Menu along with a Spa Menu featuring choices for the calorie conscious. There are also the exclusive SeaDream Specialty dishes, created by the SeaDream Chefs whose ultimate pleasure is to delight your palette.
Breakfast and lunch are served at the Topside Restaurant, a yacht casual, open area that features the day’s Menu as well as a wide variety of foods from the freshly prepared buffet. The early riser may welcome the day in the Top Of the Yacht with freshly brewed coffee, tea, juice and just out of the oven pastries and croissants.
For those small cravings, there are always freshly prepared sandwiches by the Pool Bar and at the Top Of the Yacht Bar and afternoon sweets at the Topside Restaurant buffet. The 24-hour Stateroom Menu offers healthy selections and light fare.
In a romantic mood... there are intimate dining alcoves available just for two. SeaDream’s Sommeliers serve complimentary wines at lunch and dinner. You may also select wines from The SeaDream Wine Cellar menu, offering a wide variety of both Old and New World wines.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the sailing.
Not specifically catered for.
When we returned from Alaska I said to my husband we would never be going on another cruise - because nothing could beat that experience. Perfect in every way, excellently chosen accommodation and smooth transitions. Thanks Quay Cruise.
It’s a long way from Auckland to Alaska and return. That’s why you need the best Travel Agent to plan your cruise; find the perfect ship for you and deliver you home again. Michelle and the team are the best in the biz. We wouldn’t go further than NZ without them. Now, where to next?
Like a lot of people, a trip to Alaska was something we both had wanted to do for quite some time. However fitting it in was difficult. Sarah from Quay Travel managed that very efficiently. What to me was proving frustrating, sometimes there are too many options, was to Sarah, not a problem. She found for us a cruise which suited our timing, and then arranged the best flight options to get us to Seattle. YES - we thought that is all organised, however we had decided to sort out our shore excursions . For what ever reason the cruise line’s web site did not like me. A Quay Cruise staff member willingly took us under her care and quickly sorted matters out for us. My wife and I are very pleased to say that everything on our trip which was organised here in NZ by Quay Cruise happened when and as it should. Our thanks to Sarah and her Team - the hassle is taken out of travelling.
We first met Margaret when one of our grandsons attended the same daycare centre as her daughter. Since that time we have been fortunate in having Margaret take care of the planning for the cruises we have sailed on. She always pays attention to every detail in helping us plan our holidays and in particular her knowledge with regard to cruises means that we know we are getting the best deal and service available. She goes that extra mile to ensure every holiday is special.