SeaDream’s small cruise ships focus on hidden harbors

20 May

Source: Examiner

Sardinia is among the exclusive destinations visited by the SeaDream mega-yachts.

SeaDream Yacht Club, a two-ship cruise line that caters to vacationers looking for a decidedly upscale experience, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Its ships are small, carrying just 112 guests each, and that means they can call at smaller, exclusive ports and harbors.

 The SeaDream I and SeaDream II mega-yachts are known for their casually elegant onboard lifestyle and they often schedule multiple overnights in off-the-beaten-path destinations.

“Guests have destinations they wish to check off their ‘must visit’ list and the SeaDream Yacht Club crew enjoys helping them reach many travel goals,” says SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “At the same time, we take greater pride presenting finely crafted itineraries that utilize our vessel size to call on hidden harbors that become instant favorites.”

Check out these 15 small ports that SeaDream guests can visit during the 2016/2017 season:

Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – A green, hilly outpost of the Grenadines, Bequia is seven square miles of quiet lagoons, reefs and long stretches of undeveloped beaches. SeaDream yachts anchor in front of the colorful wooden buildings lining the street of Port Elizabeth.

Bonifacio, Corsica – A fortress town at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio’s stunning limestone cliffs welcome guests into this fjord like marina in one of SeaDream’s most impressive arrivals.

Corinth Canal – This very narrow passage separates the Peloponnese Peninsula from mainland Greece and is unserviceable to most modern ships.

Hvar, Croatia – An island in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is somewhat unusual as it is blessed with a large fertile coastal plain and fresh water springs. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields. Guests have an option to kayak along the coastline.

Paros, Greece – Paros offers a quieter, unspoiled option to neighboring and often overcrowded Santorini and Mykonos. With its beautiful beaches and charming villages, some consider Paros the most beautiful in the Cyclades group.

Patmos, Greece – An Aegean Island in the north of the Dodecanese island group, Patmos is a significant Christian pilgrimage site because it is said to be the place where Saint John wrote the “Book of Revelation.” It was designated as a “Holy Island” by the Greek Parliament in 1981 as well as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

Peter Island, B.V.I. – Peter Island is the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands and only accessible by boat.

Ponza Island, Italy – An island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ponza is shaped like a crescent moon. Its coastline has rocky coves and sandy beaches as well as numerous grottos, caves and craggy cliffs. The island has crystal clear waters and is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Porto Cervo, Italy – Porto Cervo is an Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia. The village is the main center of the Costa Smeralda, one of the most exclusive areas in all of the Mediterranean. Discovered and developed by the Aga Khan in 1961, Costa Smeralda is the symbol of luxury tourism with its trendy pubs, restaurants and yachts. Most commercial cruise vessels are too big to dock in this marina.

Rovinj, Croatia – Rovinj is a popular tourist resort on the Istrian Peninsula and one of the last true fishing ports in the Mediterranean. SeaDream has arranged interesting land adventure options here including a visit to a family winery and a search for truffles in the countryside.

Saba, Netherlands Antilles – Saba is the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands and essentially consists of the top of dormant volcano Mount Scenery. Its surrounding Saba Marine Park is renowned for scuba diving.

Saint Florent, Corsica – Saint Florent is a fishing port and marina with a harbor to one side and craggy hills covered in foliage rising up behind. Its citadel, built in the 15th century, dominates views of the village and the nearby Saleccia beach is said to be one of the best of the Mediterranean.

Sandy Ground, Anguilla – This British Overseas Territory is becoming more popular due to its beaches and golf options. SeaDream offers an opportunity to tee off, or for the energetic, bike around the island.

Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Relaxed, friendly and off the beaten path, Union Island is the southernmost island of the Grenadines, and is nicknamed the Tahiti of the West Indies due to its volcanic silhouette.

White Bay, Jost van Dyke – The BVI’s barefoot island is the spot to enjoy SeaDream’s Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ and beach BBQ. Guests can check out the famous Foxy’s Bar at Great Harbour or head down the beach to the Soggy Dollar Bar.

A seven-day cruise in late August from Dubrovnik, Croatia, to Rome costs $5,699 per person for a Yacht Club stateroom on Deck 4. In the Caribbean, a six-day cruise from St. Thomas to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in late November costs $5,899 per person in a Commodore Suite.



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