Cruises 101

by Sherri Eisenberg

SeaDream Yacht Club

Number of ships: 2
Ship capacity: 110 passengers
Price range: Expensive

The audience: These 110-passenger ships bill themselves as cruise ships for people who hate cruising. Passengers include empty-nesters and younger couples who scored in the hedge fund market—and who appreciate the lack of formal nights and dress codes and the chance for overnight calls in nightlife-focused ports such as St. Tropez.

Strengths: A more intimate atmosphere than on more formal luxury lines, with Champagne-and-caviar brunches and late-night excursions to beach bars like Foxy's in the British Virgin Islands. The pool deck has a casual—even sexy—vibe, with Balinese daybeds instead of plastic lounge chairs. The ships also have loaner iPods and laptops.

Weaknesses: Both ships were purchased from Seabourn and feel a tad dated. The lack of en-suite balconies and alternate specialty restaurants is unusual for a ship at this price level.

Insider tip: Trying to decide between SeaDream and Seabourn? The difference may be one of attitude: Both are high quality, but SeaDream is more casual, with a greater emphasis on water sports and evenings playing in the ports. Seabourn's social set is a bit more proper, with special attention given to formal nights and dressing up in your evening best.

Itineraries: A typical seven-day voyage departs from San Juan and stops in Vieques and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands (from $5,900 per person).

SeaDream Yacht Club
Tel: 800 707 4911

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