SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream II is a small jewel, more akin to a private yacht than a bustling mass-market cruise ship. With no more than 112 passengers, the onboard atmosphere is upscale but without pretension, and once you board pretty much everything is included, from wine to caviar. The SeaDream II explores lesser-known ports throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
What We Love
Intimate Shore Excursions: In the Med, tours might include shopping in the produce market in St. Tropez or Sorrento with the chef, or accompanying the captain on a walk up to Anacapri.
Food for All Types: No matter what your dietary needs may be, SeaDream caters to them. There are even vegan "raw" options, and a juice bar.
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Personal Service: SeaDream II has 95 crew members and only 112 passengers. You’ll feel taken care of but not intruded upon.
Parties: In the Caribbean, the ship throws a Champagne and caviar party on the beach. In Europe, if there’s no private beach nearby, it’s replaced by a martini party around the pool.
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Who It's Best For
Friendly Couples Who Love the Good Life: Your fellow cruisers will be duos who enjoy conversation, upscale cuisine, and casual luxury.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
No High-Octane Activities: Don’t expect waterslides, cutting-edge entertainment, late-night discos, or other over-the-top features found on larger mainstream cruise ships. The atmosphere tends to the quiet side — except for certain evenings in the piano bar.
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based contributor to ShermansCruise and a longtime cruise writer.
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SeaDream II at a Glance
- Line: SeaDream Yacht Club
- Number of Passengers: 112
- Ship Size: Small
- Launch Date: 1985
- Refurbish Date: 2007