After a few days being showcased to travel media and press alongside HMS Belfast in London, the ultra deluxe Seadream I has left London for Bremerhaven to undergo a seventeen day refit.
The six star luxury yacht will undergo a complete hull cleaning and repainting process, while some of the public rooms will benefit from new fabrics and carpeting. All suites and cabins will be enhanced with the addition of flat screen television sets, On the technical side, there will be an overhaul of some air conditioning units, as well as some gallery upgrades. The total projected cost of this overhaul is said to be between $4-5 million.
The yacht, originally built as the Seabourn Goddess I in 1984, has been sailing for Seadream since 2003, as one of a pair that have been consistently lauded as the highest rated vessels in the world. With all outside accommodation for 112 guests, both sisters are among the most sought after travel experiences afloat, as well as being very lucrative on the charter circuit.
Post refit, Seadream I will embark on a series of voyages in Scandinavia and the Norwegian Fjords, including a headline, first ever round trip voyage, beginning and ending in Dover this August. Speaking on board Seadream I during the London stay over, recently returned CEO, Atle Brynestad, stressed that the company was in no hurry to expand, despite being financially buoyant; a surprising show of ‘steady as she goes’ in view of recent expansion by most other lines in the deluxe category.
Despite their age, both yachts are said to be as sound as the day they were built, regular, lavish and sympathetic refurbishments have helped to keep them at the apex of the luxury sector at sea. With an almost one to one crew ration, all inclusive pricing and exquisite food and service- think lamb chops for breakfast- the twin Seadream sisters offer a stylish,highly personalised smart casual ambiance that is light years removed from the conventional cruise experience.
Following her sojourn in northern waters, Seadream I heads south to the Mediterranean to rejoin her identical sister ship, Seadream II. Both yachts will then redeploy to the Caribbean for their winter seasons, which sees them offering primarily seven night voyages around the smaller, more off the beaten track idylls that still echo the vibe and lifestyle of the ‘old’ Caribbean.
With an emphasis on water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and use of the jet skis carried on board, the Seadream experience is quite possibly the most up close and personally immersive on the entire Caribbean circuit. And with her refreshed new look and stance, Seadream I will be in pole position to showcase this market to the full over the coming winter.