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SeaDream II Review

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  • Inclusive of wines, premium bar drinks, gratuities
  • Superb service that's friendly, efficient and proactive
  • Retractable marina offers water sports right from the ship

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SeaDream II Overview

(5.0) 5.0 out of 5+ star rating
"It's yachting, not cruising" has been SeaDream's tagline since the company was launched in 2001, and it's true that the experience onboard continues to be similar to what you'd encounter on a chic, private yacht. There are no schedules, no fixed times, and almost everything is included -- from Champagne and splendid cocktails to gourmet food and water sports. (Spa treatments, premium wines and shore excursions cost extra.) Nobody wears a tie in the evening, and nobody is expected to tip. In a week, the only thing anybody tried to sell me was a shore excursion. The 4,260-ton, 110-passenger SeaDream II is the identical twin of SeaDream I. Both were built in the mid-1980's and were completely gutted in 2002 before entering service for SeaDream. Both were refitted again in 2006/2007. The decks are teak, and the finishes throughout are classy -- no plastic sun loungers here -- but there are no balcony cabins. They'd look wrong anyway on such sleek little yachts.

What really gave SeaDream II the edge for me was the service, which constantly surprised me -- more so than that of any other luxury brand I've experienced. Whatever upheaval the company's head office has gone through (founding CEO Larry Pimentel left abruptly a year ago, taking some key executives with him), it doesn't show on board. The crew are dedicated, proactive and empowered. They think for you -- and this includes the bar waiters -- and guess, correctly, what you're vaguely contemplating, whether it's a table under the stars on Deck Five or an ice-cold beer as you walk up the gangway after a long, hot day ashore. Some have been with the ships since their early Sea Goddess days, while others come from private yachts; the maitre d' on my cruise had worked on the yacht of the Saudi royal family.

So, what are the downsides? If you've joined the cruise with hopes of taking excursions in every port, be warned that they may be cancelled if the minimum number isn't achieved -- hence, the sales pitch we experienced. With only 110 passengers, maximum capacity, to go 'round (80 on my cruise), this can be an issue.

Being small, the ships do bump around a bit in rough seas, as would any vessel their size. Also, although the unstructured environment is great for passengers who like their independence, there isn't much to do if it rains, other than read, play cards, watch movies or drink more cocktails. This product is really designed for the outdoor type. It'll be interesting to see how its sister, SeaDream I, fares in the cooler Baltic in 2011. But, in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, you can't beat SeaDream II for a relaxing, pampering and somewhat decadent vacation.

SeaDream II Fellow Passengers
The Mediterranean cruises have predominantly European passengers in the height of summer, but Americans will make up nearly half the cruisers during off-peak months. You can expect most Caribbean cruises to be dominated by U.S. passengers because of America's proximity, but the number of Europeans, particularly Brits, is expected to increase, and up to 70 percent of passengers on Asia cruises are European with one-third hailing from the U.K.

Passengers on our cruise were from North America, the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Germany, Austria and France, and many were repeat SeaDream cruisers. Despite the casual dress code, our shipmates were considerably more glamorous than passengers on most other ships. They were more stylish and younger, between 35 and 60, with most in their 40s and 50s.
SeaDream II Dress Code
"Yacht casual" is how the dress code is described. None of the men wore ties on our cruise, although a few did bring jackets. Women tended to dress very stylishly in the evenings, although still informally.
SeaDream II Gratuity
Tips are included in the fares, and cruise documentation makes it clear that they're not expected.
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SeaDream II Member Reviews 18 Reviews
   Just. Awful.
December 2013

The tag line is half right- it's not cruising. It's sitting in an industrial port swatting flies,

Hoping they fix the air conditioning and wondering how things went so terribly, terribly wrong.

The staff of this boat is fantastic- ...continue


   March 2013 Amazon Cruise - Seadream II
March 2013
Just completed a 9-day Amazon cruise on Seadream II, Iquitos Perus to Manaus Brazil. I won't dwell on the stops and specifics of the cruise itself because Seadream (SD) announced that this will be the final Amazon cruise. My thoughts on SD itself ...continue

   Sea Dream Yacht Club's Werner Roy
December 2012
Today, anyone who has the desire to take a cruise can find something that suits their tastes and price range. From mammoth "floating cities" with all the bells and whistles, medium-sized vessels in all price ranges and very small ships, usually ...continue

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SeaDream II Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
5.0
5.0
Public Rooms
5.0
4.5
Cabins
5.0
4.2
Entertainment
3.0
2.7
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
2.0
1.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.6
Enrichment
1.0
NA
Service
5.5
5.1
Value-for-Money
5.0
4.2
Rates
5.0
4.2

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Ship Stats
Crew: 95
Launched: 2001
Decks: 6
Tonnage: 4,300
Passengers: 112
Registry: Bahamas
CDC Score: 84
 
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