SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream I - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

by Ralph Grizzle. An award-winning travel writer, and recognized cruise ship expert.
Note: This video is for the SeaDream II, a sister ship to SeaDream I.

SeaDream I, Think Yacht, Not Ship
This 112-passenger vessel, and her twin sister, is as close as you'll get to a yacht experience without the sails. Built a year a part back in the mid 1980s as the Sea Goddess I and II, both have been spruced up regularly and their generous teak decking, wood floors and upscale nautical décor have aged well.

Exotic floral arrangements and Oriental carpets create a sophisticated but comfortable decor that makes you feel like you're on a private yacht. From the Main Salon and its small alcove bar where the weekly captain's cocktail party is held, to the Piano Bar, tiny casino and cozy library, the Sea Dream I is outfitted with just enough amenities and public spaces to please restless guests, though clearly, the ship's hub and most popular haunt is the Top of the Yacht bar. It boasts teak decking, rattan furniture, and blue-striped cushions.

Nearby are sunbeds where you can relax day or night - in fact, you can sleep on one under the stars if you prearrange it with the crew. Up on deck you'll find a golf simulator, and pool and hot tub aft on Deck 3 for great views as the ships pull away from port. There's also a watersports marina that unfolds from the bow stern for kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and more.

For a dose of pampering, the ship has a beauty salon and a surprisingly well-equipped gym and a great spa comprising three treatment rooms, considering the small size of the ship.

All evening meals are served in the Dining Salon indoors, though once or twice a week dinner is served up in the open-air Topside Restaurant on Deck 5, where breakfast and lunch are offered every day.

SeaDream Cabin SeaDream I Cabins
Accommodations aren't the highlights on SeaDream's vessels. They are adequate, though not particularly large or luxurious. Of the showers, be prepared to "soap up and spin."

The Sea Dream I's 54 one-room, 195-square-foot, oceanview suites are virtually identical, with real wood cabinetry and moldings complemented by blue-and-white fabrics to create an appealing nautical look. Each suite has a small sitting area with a couch (that can accommodate a third adult or a child) and a flatscreen TV with CD/DVD player - you can borrow a portable MP3 player from the reception desk, preprogrammed with music.

You'll find a minifridge stocked with sodas and beer and compact bathrooms have marble-clad showers with glass doors and a generous supply of Bulgari toiletries. Guests also get use of extra thick bathrobes and can take home a set of personalized cotton pajamas with the SeaDream logo. There are two roomy suites with separate bedrooms, plus 8 standard suites can be combined with the cabin next door for a double room, or "commodore suite."

Ship Information
The SeaDream I is an all-suite, yacht-size luxury cruise ship, with a feeling of being on ones own private yacht. The ship offers the ultimate in luxury yacht cruising. The elegant ship calls on smaller, more intimate yachting ports, away from the crowds. Itineraries often feature overnight stays to enjoy the nightlife.

A SeaDream Yacht Club cruise is highly inclusive, with an open bar with select premium brands, all gratuities, and all watersports in the yacht's marina included.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1984 ♦ Year Refurbished 2007 ♦ Ship's Class: SeaDream Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 4,260 metric tons (a volume measurement, not weight) ♦ Length 344 ft - 103 m ♦ Cruising Speed 15 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 112 ♦ Passenger Decks 5 ♦ Officers and Crew 95 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International ♦ Passengers to Staff Ratio 1.18 to 1

Total 56 ♦ Suites with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Suites without Balcony 9 ♦ Mini Suites without Balcony 47 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Inside 0 (none) ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 1 ♦ SeaDream Yacht Club's cabins are elegant and comfortable. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, a personal refreshment bar, multi-jet shower massage and Bulgari bath products, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

SeaDream yacht in the CaribbeanCabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ CD Player ♦ iPod Dock ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Open-seating dining in the Dining Salon or Al Fresco, with gourmet, prepared-to-order cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer ♦ Complimentary wines are served with lunch and dinner ♦ There is no traditional 1st and 2nd sitting on SeaDream Yacht Club cruise ships ♦ Dress code on SeaDream Yacht Club is elegant casual, and there are no formal nights ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Casino ♦ Nightclub ♦ Movies ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Watersports Marina - for sailing, kayaking, swimming or jetskiing right from the ship when in port ♦ Golf Simulator ♦ Mountain Bikes

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga

Children and Teens
There are no organized activities for children and teens

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Medical Center