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SeaDream Innovation Review

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Aaron Saunders
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SeaDream Innovation Overview

The third vessel in the SeaDream fleet and the company's first-ever new-build, SeaDream Innovation draws inspiration heavily from the line's yachts -- SeaDream I and SeaDream II -- while adding more bells and whistles that come with the ship's considerably larger size over its predecessors.

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SeaDream is also getting in on the luxury expedition yacht game: SeaDream Innovation will have an ice-strengthened hull rated to Polar Class 6 (PC6) specifications, meaning this new ship won't be confined to the warm waters of the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Due to launch in September 2021, SeaDream Innovation will sail to all seven continents in its first year of operation, encompassing some 49 countries and 200 ports of call.

Equipped with three marinas, five-star dining, a casual onboard ambiance and a 1-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, SeaDream Innovation looks poised to delight longtime SeaDream travelers while appealing to new cruisers who may have, in the past, avoided SeaDream I and SeaDream II due to their lack of balcony cabins.

Dining

Exact dining venues aboard SeaDream Innovation are still under wraps. Expect five-star-quality cuisine to be offered in the ship's main dining room, alongside complimentary room service and more casual dining alfresco to be offered as well. This, of course, will be coupled with SeaDream's legendary service, known for being as exacting as it is friendly.

Cabins

Six different categories of suites will be offered aboard SeaDream Innovation, spanning four different decks. Suites on Decks 5, 6 and 7 will all feature private balconies, while those on Deck 4 will offer picture-window views.

All cabins offer ocean views, and all cabins are classified as suites.

On Deck 4, Discovery Suites are the entry-level offering onboard, coming in at a spacious 312 square feet and offering great views from fixed windows. Akin to a standard suite on most luxury cruise vessels, Discovery Suites will feature a sitting area with couch, table and chairs; an adjacent sleeping area; a walk-in closet and bathroom with dual vanity sinks, a bathtub and separate shower.

Journey Suites are found on Decks 5, 6 and 7 and are slightly larger at 323 square feet. Room arrangement is similar to that of the Discovery Suites, with the exception that these Journey Suites trade the fixed ocean-view window for a proper balcony.

Eight Adventurer Suites occupy the forward end of Deck 7. At 456 square feet, these offer expanded living space that includes an enlarged living room area, a separate bedroom with adjacent walk-in closet, private bathroom with dual vanity sinks and a separate shower and bathtub, plus an enlarged balcony area.

The Amundsen and Nansen suites, named for Norwegian polar explorers, are located on the port side of Decks 6 and 7 and are numbered 600 and 700, respectively. At 607 square feet, they feature an expanded living area with dining and lounging areas, a guest bathroom, a separate bedroom with enclosed walk-in closet and master bathroom, and an expanded balcony.

The Archer and Sverdrup suites are located all the way forward on Deck 5 and are numbered 523 and 522, respectively. The Severdrup Suite (522) is 600 square feet, while the Archer Suite (523) is slightly smaller at 502 square feet. Nonetheless, both suites offer commanding views of the ship's bow, coupled with separate living and sleeping areas. a dining table, master and guest bathrooms, a walk-in closet and a port- or starboard-situated balcony. The suites are named for Norwegian naval architect Colin Archer (who designed the legendary polar ship Fram utilized by Roald Amundsen) and Norwegian polar explorer Otto Sverdrup.

The Eriksson and Heyerdahl suites are the largest onboard SeaDream Innovation. Located on Deck 6, they offer some of the best views onboard, gazing across the ship's bow, and come complete with expansive balconies that wrap around the bow of the ship. The Heyerdahl Suite (636) measures 1,008 square feet, while the Eriksson Suite (637) is slightly smaller at 982 square feet. Both feature separate living and sleeping areas, master and guest bathrooms, a walk-in closet and an abundance of space for entertaining fellow shipmates. These suites are named for Leif Erikson, Norse explorer and Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian adventurer and explorer most famously known for his Kon-TikiExpedition of 1947.

Top Deck Attractions

The top deck attractions for SeaDream Innovation have yet to be revealed. Do expect, however, SeaDream's famous Balinese beds to make an appearance, allowing passengers aboard SeaDream Innovation to sleep outdoors, under the stars, in supreme comfort.

Entertainment

SeaDream has always had a sort of "make your own fun" quality about it; that likely won't change aboard SeaDream Innovation. It is reasonable to expect, however, the usual nightly piano tunes to continue, likely alongside lectures and presentations for the vessel's polar itineraries.

Itineraries

SeaDream Innovation will sail worldwide itineraries upon its debut in September 2021, along with polar expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic.