In early December, we finally had the remarkable experience of being a guest on board one of Sea Dream’s luxury high-end boutique cruise ships.
In a nut-shell, their slogan is absolutely true: “It’s Yachting not Cruising”. The 110 guest maximum capacity of both Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II provides a unique personalized experience that Gail and I really enjoyed.
You have to understand that we are both “yachties” and used to the crewed or bareboat yachting experience of being the only people on board or in some cases we charter a bareboat with kids and grand-kids and, let me tell you, this is a hard act to follow; so we are pretty hard to please.
Nevertheless, we have to admit, reluctantly perhaps, that the Sea Dream experience was absolutely superb and very relaxing. I think that two things jumped out at us during the voyage: the food (lots of it and very good) and secondly, the quality and the number of crew members available at all times. The service was certainly superb.
Our cruise started in Antigua, where we were attending the yacht show, then from Antigua we cruised Northwards to St. Barth, onward to Marigot, St. Martin, on to Anguilla, then West to Tortola, and finished up in San Juan Puerto Rico.
Everything worked seamlessly, from the registration and baggage handling to the smooth disembarkation process. We were frankly amazed. Our fellow guests were from all over the world, a nice eclectic mixture of Europeans, Latin Americans and Americans, mostly in their 50’s and 60’s.
Would we do it again? Yes; certainly, perhaps next time we’d love to cruise the Mediterranean on one of their regular scheduled voyages in the Greek Islands and Turkey or the Venice to Athens voyage that includes Croatia. Even the Nice to Rome voyage that is remarkable.