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3 SeaDream Yacht Club Baltic Sea Cruise Reviews

We're 8 time members having cruised with Sea Dream 1 for seven and Sea Dream II for a Caribbean cruise April 2013 so, yes, we're biased. A bias created by nothing but extraordinary memories. The experience of either of the yachts ... Read More
We're 8 time members having cruised with Sea Dream 1 for seven and Sea Dream II for a Caribbean cruise April 2013 so, yes, we're biased. A bias created by nothing but extraordinary memories. The experience of either of the yachts is exquisite regardless of the itinerary. The ship is lovely, the staff are truly the best we've experienced in all of our travels on sea or land. The food is 5-star fine dining, the rooms compact, as you would expect, but luxurious and perfectly outfitted. There is space for everything; well designed, extremely comfortable - all you could want. With a maximum of 112 passengers, one might expect an environment that prevents privacy but with so many nooks, you can find isolation as well. This is the best small cruise (really yacht) offering there is. The weather is not within anyone's control so Sea Dream cannot be faulted if weather is less then expected. As it happened, this cruise began the day after several weeks of nasty weather in the Baltic and began with sunny, warm skies which continued, but for one day, through the 11 days. The first port of Hanko, Finland, was unremarkable yet for many, fitting, considering the many hours of travel required to get to the embarkation port of Stockholm. The last port of Sasnitz, Germany also unremarkable yet again fitting considering how busy passengers had been enjoying the other remarkable ports - a good day to chill onboard, or take an excursion to the countryside. Experiencing the 'white nights' wherein you could view dusk from one side of the ship and night from the other at 2 am was unforgettable. But the most important aspect of Sea Dream is the onboard magic. We're discerning travelers, not easy to please, yet Sea Dream never ceases to amaze. Sit on the pool deck, after dinner, alone, and watch the horizon, listen to the sound of the ship, the waves, and wonder why you didn't discover Sea Dream sooner.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
SeaDream 1 was long anticipated to be the ultimate Baltic cruise, after reading so many positive reviews about the crew, service, food, atmosphere and intimacy. It did deliver on those topics, five star all the way. It was the many small ... Read More
SeaDream 1 was long anticipated to be the ultimate Baltic cruise, after reading so many positive reviews about the crew, service, food, atmosphere and intimacy. It did deliver on those topics, five star all the way. It was the many small and large problems that occurred almost daily and the lack of response, apology or amends by management that disappointed us, our friends and many of the 100 guests on board this June from Hamburg to Stockholm. The ship had just left drydock so the interiors were freshly redecorated and the staterooms looked attractive with new carpets, curtains and upholstery. There's adequate storage and a small but well appointed bathroom, and frequently re supplied fresh towels, nice bed linens, too. The most difficult situation was a lack of functioning air conditioning in many cabins for the entire 11 days. The ship has no balcony cabins so one couldn't even open a door or window for fresh air. Two of the three passenger decks were affected, guests made the best of it, but it was difficult for many to sleep well. Many attempts were made by the engineering crew and outside repair men to fix the system, but no luck cooling down dozens of cabins. It took the captain a week to address the issue and barely an apology was made at three separate private cocktail parties, one for each cabin deck, no compensation was offered. An oin board credit or future cruise discount would have gone a long way to make amends to the guests. There are several bars on the ship, but only one was open at cocktail hour. Just as the evening began and the temperature was perfect at 630 pm they closed the outdoor bar and opened the indoor lounge bar. No one wanted to leave the sunshine and views on deck six and go into a shady room for pre dinner drinks. There were other issues with two missed ports, lack of planning for cold, rainy day activities, having breakfast served only on deck on cold mornings, so cold staff passed out blankets to guests, non functioning internet service, and several more minor but annoying issues others will comment on in later reviews. The crew were friendly, hard working, cheerful and did their best, the food was superb. Maybe early June was the wrong time for the Baltic, no one ever used the pool or the water sports equipment stowed in the on board marina. The bikes were used in several ports and much appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our first ever cruise, 7 days on sea dream 2 It took place in the Med, august 2003 Here is our impression of this ship Cabins: They are quite small. They are however, very comfortable, well furnished and clean. The shower room ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, 7 days on sea dream 2 It took place in the Med, august 2003 Here is our impression of this ship Cabins: They are quite small. They are however, very comfortable, well furnished and clean. The shower room and toilet is small, but with mirrors and wall to wall marble, looks much bigger than it is. Shower is nice. Don't sit on the toilet and press the flush, you might get sucked away, its viciously efficient. You get a dvd player in the room, quite useful if you get a bit bored. ( they could not come up with the instruction book when asked ). The bed is really comfortable. Don't be put off by a room with portholes,( which are slightly cheaper.) it gives the room a nice nautical feel. The only negative point is the silly corporate video that runs constantly on one of the TV channels, where someone who sounds like an American car salesman, tells you how lucky you are to be on the ship, and how you can hire the ship out if you like and put family portraits on the walls if you do - listen to too much, and you will want to vomit. Service and staff: The staff are really pleasant and helpful. Even the boys who clean the decks at 6am in the morning stop and say hallo, if you want them to, and proudly point out local sites. The waiting staff are really eager, sometimes a bit too helpful! Its unlikely that you will ever have a problem with service on this ship. I am impressed with this. The Food: The food served on the ship is very excellent. Although they can't make fish and chips to save their lives, I would not hold that against them. You don't have to dress up like a penguin just to eat your evening meal. The ship often spends a night in port. We ate on shore occasionally, just for a change of scenery, not due to the quality of the food. Ignore the restaurants recommended by the ship, they will be expecting hoards of rich American and charge accordingly, but get a lonely plant/rough guide/cadogan guide and pick a real local eating place. You get a house wine, otherwise you have to pay for an item on the wine list. They are quite expensive. Try buying one on shore and drinking that, which is more interesting Drinks: All drinks are included, except for the wine list. Experienced cruise people tell me this makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, when chatting and drinking with fellow passengers. The top deck bar is the best. Efficient and friendly bar staff, excellent cocktail knowledge. I wish I was a big drinker ! Entertainment: There isn't very much at all. Great for honeymooners!. Someone plays a piano and sings every night, apart from that, you can play with the other guests. Otherwise its the DVD collection. Its extensive, though you might want to bring some of your own. The ship: There is a small swimming pool at the rear and sun deck. You can't swim very far, but it becomes a social centre if its too hot. The staff will serve you drinks by the pool. The top deck suffers from limited shade, apart from that is very nice. Gym is quite large. Restaurant feels a little closed in. Water sports: The organisation of the water sports seems a little chaotic. This does not happen in every port of call. On our cruise, about 3 times in 7 days. There was only one jet ski operating, which is in huge demand. They ask you to sign silly American waiver forms, and then don't tell you how to use anything. They could be a little more imaginative and offer to ferry guests to some of the remote beaches near where the ship anchors. You of course get ferried to the port continuously.The boatmen who do this are again friendly and very helpful Ports of call. The Mediterranean ones we visited (Corsica, Sardinia, sorrento, capri) were not really that interesting. Try hiring our a car in the port, (via the internet which is cheaper than the walk off the streets tourist rates) with AVIS etc. Then you can explore the country side and escape the tourist hoards. Tips: All tips are included. Its not like an american hotel, where the staff are begging for money at every opportunity. However, if you do tip someone, they won't complain :) ! ( as the chief steward informed me after I had asked ). I did, and hats a rare event. Other guests: On our cruise at least 50 percent were europeans. The remaining americans were fortunately not the typical american tourist (that is, very fat with loud mouthed children, all of whom are called Amy ). Negative points: There are very few. The tours are predictably over priced. The captain certainly never leads people snorkeling, ( he could not swim ) as the promotional video suggests. The transport arrangement from the ship to your airport / hotel are a rip off. They wanted 150 us dollars to transport people from Civitavecchia to Rome airport. A distance of only 40 miles. I hired a car one way. The locals thought this price was ridiculous, and suggested it was because they were hoping to rip off a pile of rich americans. (some people - though not me- had saved up for months this trip ). There is a direct train from Civitavecchia to Rome airport. The tour director seemed put out when passengers discovered this, and implied you would have to walk to the station, as the taxis would refuse to take you. no surprises there. Considering how much people pay to go on this cruise, I would have expected them to lay on a minibus. They can hire one from AVIS or others for very little. Why spoil an excellent cruise with a crap attitude at the end. Other. We were reject for one cruise (silver seas) as my girlfriend was pregnant (28 weeks). From their web site, they appear not discriminate against pregnant women. So we didn't tell them and just got on, having told my girlfriend not to stand sidewise and to wear baggy clothes when boarding. No one complained. Its an ideal cruise for someone in this condition, however, you wouldn't do this in Africa, or if you had several days at sea continuously. Buying your ticket. Experienced cruisers will not buy a ticket 5 days before as I did. One cheaper source was internet auctions. Several american passengers bought their tickets this way. positive points. This cruise is like a long a lazy sunday afternoon, where nothing goes wrong or bugs you. The experience is similar to a large private yacht. I'd recommend it Read Less
Sail Date August 2003
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