- I took the horse ride on Nevis. I loved it, even though we only walked the horses. This fulfilled a life long fantasy of mine to go riding on the beach. It was a quick ride to the stables, and an easy excusion.
- On Tortola, the guests who went on the Dolphin Encounter raved about it. I have visited there prior and I highly recommend it.
- On St Maarten the guests who did the Americas cup had great fun and their team won. The attendees said the excursion was great.
Our room: Cabin 210 . I never once heard the anchor, but I sleep with earplugs. I like the ship noises; it is part of the experience of being on the seas. Otherwise, I would stay home or go to a hotel instead. The new bedding seemed thicker and plusher than on prior trips. The ship did creak when we went through the 10 foot seas, but , that is totally expected. I like the 2nd floor. Even though we ate outside a lot, the 2nd floor stateroom is very convenient to the dining room!
The ports: We don’t take this journey for the ports. We go for the weather, the beauty of the islands, and the indulgence of the SeaDream. What I really liked, however, was how we never saw any mega-ships and the Captain's flexibility of changing ports when 10,000 other humans arrive that day. I honestly don’t care where we go. I look forward to meeting people, and being treated like a queen for a week, or in this case, 9 days. I really liked the 9 days, because I had no weather worries. Even with the tropical storm Olga, I knew that it would clear eventually.
The Marina: I think it was down nearly every day.
The special parties: Both Peter Island at night and the Champagne and Caviar bash were just great.
Our fellow guests / passengers: What a great group of people! There were folks aboard we had met on prior cruises, and also wonderful new friends to be found. Sometimes I think this is partly what the intimacy of the SeaDream is about….the opportunity to spend time with people in an intimate and glamourous setting, who share our interests in food and drink, and luxury travel. I will not name other guests, but here goes a sampling in no special order:
- Thank you Seattle couple, for hosting the party in the Owners Suite. How very special to be invited and how great to get to know you. I look forward to sharing recipes in the future.
- My new friends from Orlando. I had withdrawals from the quiet after leaving you. I hope we do stay in touch and meet for a dinner or lunch.
- Atlanta buddies. Can’t wait for you to visit. Make sure to schedule a business trip soon.
- Charleston cruise mates. We may have to stop bumping into each other like this. It was a pleasure to see you again.
- The vibrant travel agent and her DH. It was a bunch of fun, wasn’t it?
- The lovely family from Norway, who had an anniversary and proved that families can really have a great time together. I sure enjoyed your company, and watching that horse roll in the sand. You young ones know how to dance!
- Caroline – I know where your son gets his bubbly personality. What a wonderful woman you are!
- The couple who had a vow renewal on board. What a loving man to surprise his wife like that!
- The folks from Fort Meyers who shared our cab, and we found our 6 degrees of separation.
I could almost try to mention everyone, from a British Lord to a Boston fireman , but I will stop here. I think it is the memories of sharing time that makes me really love the smallness of the Seadream. Please, if anyone recognizes who I am from this posting, and has photos I would like, please forward them to me! I am looking for photos of me horseback riding, and at the champagne bash, and our dinner tables.
The Seadream Staff: Again, and in please no particular order I would like to give Kudos for professionalism to the staff. I have been on both the I and II , and it is interesting to see employees who move around, and meet staff whom I have only read about. There were staff changes mid cruise, as some lucky employees went home for the holidays, and some new faces came aboard. The changeover was pretty seamless, but if I miss mentioning anyone, I am sorry. Here goes.
-Christophe, the Hotel Manager legend. Your reputation is well deserved. Thank you .
-Andre, the Maitre’d. I loved all of your ties, and your smile. Great Service. Thank you.
- George, the Sommelier. We kept you on your toes. Thank you.
- Jes, the Chef. I don’t know which food I liked best. Thank you.
- Nina, the concierge. You are so professional and patient. Thank you.
- James, the activities director. It is your brother I really miss. Next time I plan to beat him at Liars Game. Thank you.
-Dr Lovelle. We sure were an injury prone and ill bunch of ragamuffins at times. Thank you.
- Gina, our cabin attendant. I miss you already. Thank you.
- Silvio, Zoltan, Werner, etc. All of you and others I can’t remember every name were so integral to the success of our vacation experience. Thank you.
-Jane and Ya in the spa. AHHHHHHHH. The greatest ever. Thank you.
- Every other Seadream staff member. Thank you.
-Captain Kirk. Oh, I mean Captain Johannes Tysse. Simply put, Thank you.
That is it. It was a wonderful vacation and now I have returned to real life. Over and out.