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2 SeaDream Yacht Club Asia Cruise Reviews

If you are wanting a Las Vegas-styled holiday on the water with shows and dazzle dazzle, crowds, formal dress and expectations and dozens of dining options all indoors, then Seadream is not the ship for you. But the many returned seasoned ... Read More
If you are wanting a Las Vegas-styled holiday on the water with shows and dazzle dazzle, crowds, formal dress and expectations and dozens of dining options all indoors, then Seadream is not the ship for you. But the many returned seasoned travellers on Seadream experience an INTIMATE holiday, whether that is a relaxed time to please yourself in the ample deck space, a close rapport with attentive staff or join a small groups of funseekers around the bar. Seadream II built in the mid-1980s is certainly not shiny and new, but spotless and well maintained in timeless navy and cane with touches of maritime art. It's outstanding feature is the 100 or so staff for the 100 or so maximum passengers; staff seem to be passionate in making guests at ease and remembering names. Food on a cruise ship must be a challenge in the heat of Asia but there was plenty of menu choices. Being all inclusive made it very good value even for those who demanded better than the house wines. We Australians smiled at the melting chocolate petit fours in the heat but that is about the only cristicism. It is certainly marketed towards 40, 50 and 60yo couples but, it seems with the continuous repeat patronage, that the average age is rising. Without facilities, it is perhaps not a place for children. Neither is it suitable for those with mobility issues however by 95yo father was treated superbly. I hope that Seadream returns to Asia. Seasoned travellers enjoy that this little ship can closer to the action in ports and use all sorts of dumpy old floating ferries to get to shore. This added to the fun. This was my first cruise ever and have relied on the advice of fellow passengers respecting that others with longer cruise resumes may have more experienced opinions. This is written for those like me, rather bombarded with choices, to assist in choosing a holiday. JRM   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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 ... Read More
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- great, attentive and personal service. Food is ok. Ship shows some signs of wear and mechanical maintenance is of concern given 36 hour air conditioning outage. Makes you worry if the plumbing may be next. spa is lovely and services were good. The real issue, though,is that the cruise is so falsely advertised. Water toys and swimming off the boat? About four hours of 1 day. Pulling up to pristine secluded beaches where there are no other ships? One day...sort of. Knowledge of ports? Non-existent. When we asked, the staff said "we've never been here before so we don't know." Other infamous quotes included: "we think you can find a town if you go that way." Excursions were grim- a rubber factory? A rice museum? And staying on the boat was not much fun. Very hot and lots of competition for seats I'm the shade. There was a disastrous snorkeling trip where money was refunded. The outdoor beds under the stars? Lovely but adjacent to the bar so not really desirable. Yoga classes on the beach? Never happened. Spa treatments outside on the deck? Sorry, maintenance painting going on back there (really? On Christmas cruise?) The library? Year old magazines obviously left by former cruisers and light novels only. We had hoped for information on the history and culture of the area. There was an almanac from 2002 which indicated the collection does not get a lot of attention. Christmas decorations looked dated. We tried to take a bike ashore but had flat tire; this happened to a number of folks. These issues are not related to the staff on the boat, they did their best with an increasingly disgruntled Group. This is an executive level issue- this route was very poorly planned and executed. We paid for a suite which was small but we knew that. The problem is that we paid double what we usually pay for the Owners Suite on Seaborn because we thought it would be a very serene experience Wih lots of beach and swim off the boat time. Have let CEO know we are feeling very cheated but no word yet. Very, very disappointed and dissatisfied with this experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
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