For over fifteen years, the SeaDream Yacht Club has operated two yacht-like passenger ships, that offer 7 to 15-day voyages.
SeaDream I and SeaDream II each 108 metres were built in 1984. They were formerly named Sea Goddess I & II, and later Seabourn Goddess I & II.
By being small they can visit small harbours and ports in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, that are inaccessible by larger ships.
Their yachting experience credentials are defined by their on board casual elegance, and superyacht style service, 5-star dining and inspiring itineraries.
But the ships were no youngsters when they joined the Sea Dream fleet. Now, despite the loving care and attention the owners give them, the twins are beginning to show their age.
To stay ahead of the crowd and with the impending arrival of Ritz Carlton entering the same boutique cruise market, SeaDream has announced it is expanding its fleet.
At 155 metres, and 15,600 gt, a new yacht-like passenger ship will be built by Damen which like SeaDream is a family owned business.
To be built to ice class Polar 6 the new ship will be completely constructed and outfitted, including the interior, at Damen’s Mangalia shipyard. Construction will start in October this year.
The new ship will enter service in 2021. SeaDream Innovation will join the SeaDream fleet and continue the tradition of excellence set by her predecessors.
She will navigate the waters of all seven continents in its first year and will visit over 200 ports in 49 countries. Guests will explore remote and unusual destinations, including Svalbard, the Northwest Passage, Antarctica, the fjords of Norway, Japan, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
With 110 staterooms, SeaDream Innovation will offer all-inclusive vacations with a one-to-one guest to crew ratio. Combining innovation with elegant comfort, all spaces and facilities have been designed to elevate the guest experience at sea, including three marinas and outdoor dining.
“This project has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Atle Brynestad, Owner, Chairman and CEO of SeaDream. “It has been a true labour of love to meticulously design every aspect of this yacht, from the interiors and facilities to the itineraries.”
“We were drawn to Damen Shipyards for their excellent reputation and proven track record as innovators in the shipbuilding industry,” he said. Adding, “Damen Shipyards understood our vision from the very beginning. Because we are family-owned businesses, Damen makes the perfect long-term partner for this visionary project. We are looking forward to working closely with the Damen team to bring this dream to reality.”
In 2001, Brynestad reinvented luxury for the second time when he introduced travellers to SeaDream. Prior to that, the Norwegian entrepreneur was the sole owner and founder of Seabourn Cruise Line. He first reinvented luxury cruising with Seabourn Pride in 1988, followed by two more ultra-luxury cruise ships.
SeaDream I and SeaDream II will undergo major refitting and will be retained within the fleet a company spokesman has confirmed.
SeaDream is now accepting reservations from Club Members and guests who have previously sailed aboard SeaDream’s classic yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Reservations will open to the public on 17th April 2019.
For more information please visit www.seadream.com
Frances and Michael Howorth are an award-winning team of travel writers specialising in coverage of luxury yachts both large and small and are our yachting correspondents.
Photo credit: SeaDream Yacht Club and Frances Howorth