YOU know there’s something special about the mega motor-cruisers of SeaDream Yacht Club when you’re chest-deep in the pool and a waiter sidles up to you – fully dressed, absolutely drenched, and with a dripping arm holding aloft Champagne and canapés .
Or when the captain who is hosting dinner on deck one balmy night suddenly stares at your wife, leaps from his chair and disappears… to return with the pronouncement: “I noticed the wind was blowing your wife’s hair; I’ve had us change course to avoid it happening again – but I must remember to put us back on course after dinner, or there’ll be no Capri tomorrow!”
And special when Chef invites you shopping with him one morning for local fruits, vegetables, cheeses and cold meats for cocktails that night.
For such is life aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II, the “luxury twins” that each carry just 112 guests, who are indulged (without being fawned-over) by 95 crew in the Mediterranean during the northern summer, and the Caribbean from November to March.
And equally it’s waiters who polish your sunglasses as they deliver you drinks poolside, that have seen SeaDream I and II voted World’s Best Small Ships For Food, Service and Value.
Yet they’ve a dress policy that’s simply smart-casual with ‘no tux, no ball-gowns,’ dining is indoors some nights, outdoors under the stars on others, wines come with lunch and dinner, and there are complimentary drinks at the bars.
Plus there is a complimentary fitness centre, and optional-cost Thai Spa.
They also have in-stateroom videos, DVDs and CDs, extensive libraries, power and sail water-sports, shore use mountain bikes, and 30-course golf simulators. And on select nights after-dinner movies on deck.
Itineraries are mainly 7-nights, with many guests doing “back to back” sailings – particularly Australians, who comprise around ten per cent of SeaDream Yacht Club’s passengers.