Recently, SeaDream Yacht Club has been teasing its prior passengers with promises of “big news”. Even though our last SeaDream cruise was in May 2013, I still really like this cruise line and would love to sail them again… soon, if possible. Although I haven’t signed up for an upcoming cruise yet, I did sign up to get the big news. Just a little while ago, I got the email with the latest scoop.
Ever since its inception, SeaDream has had two ships– SeaDream I and SeaDream II. They are identical, except SeaDream I was built in 1984 and SeaDream II was built in 1985. They used to be called Sea Goddess I and Sea Goddess II. For years, there have been rumors swirling about a new vessel. In fact, in 2013, during our last cruise, the cruise director had dinner with Bill and me and told us about plans for a new ship. But then, that guy ended up quitting his job just a few weeks later.
Well, as of today, we know SeaDream will have a new vessel called Innovation which will allow SeaDream to add over 200 ports around the world, to include polar regions. The new ship will have three marinas, a seaplane, and its own helicopter. The staterooms will also all have balconies. At this point, they’re saying the ship will be ready by September 2021. I hope to do another SeaDream cruise before then, if time and finances allow.
Since Bill left the Army and has been establishing his new career as a contractor, the opportunity to take a SeaDream cruise has eluded us. We have been fortunate enough to take Hebridean cruises in Scotland and, in fact, I actually prefer Hebridean in some ways. However, SeaDream was our introduction to small ship cruising and they go to places Hebridean can’t. SeaDream has things Hebridean Princess doesn’t have, like a piano bar and a marina… and a pool and Thai spa. Plus, the clientele is a bit different, although not necessarily better or worse. I’ve met a few celebrities on SeaDream, while on Hebridean, it’s more likely to meet very wealthy British people.
So this is exciting news, although I highly doubt any voyages on the Innovation will be in our price range. SeaDream cruises are very expensive and they annoyingly add port taxes after the already high fare. I like the way Hebridean does things. You pay a huge fare, but it’s truly all inclusive. Once you pay, you don’t have to worry about anything else, except whatever you might buy in their tiny gift shop.
So far, we’ve done three SeaDream cruises. Our first, in April 2010, was San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, USVI. It was just five nights and cheap, especially for SeaDream. I think I booked a guaranty fare for $1599 a person. The second was in November 2011, St. John, Antigua to Bridgetown, Barbados. And the third was in May 2013, Rome, Italy to Athens, Greece, with a passage through the Corinth Canal.
I had my eye on a voyage happening this summer, but Bill didn’t want me to book it. Now I realize I probably should have gone ahead and booked it. Especially now… because I really, REALLY need a real vacation.
I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for Innovation’s fares. I might just laugh at them for awhile as I dream.