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SeaDream yacht club visits Vieques, Puerto Rico…named one of the “Top 25 Beaches in World”

Trip Advisor’s list of Best Beaches 2011 includes Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico as one of the top beaches in the world as chosen by millions of travelers. SeaDream has been visiting this undeveloped piece of paradise for years and now it seems word is getting out. The snorkeling is great by day, and by night SeaDream offers an adventure to the phosphorescent Mosquito Bay. As guests move and swim in the water, millions of luminescent dinoflagellates light up as a reaction to the motion. Don’t miss this rare and remarkable opportunity.  

Vieques, located just 6 miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico is the largest of all Puerto Rico’s offshore islands which include Isla de Culebra, La Isla de Mona and Isla Desecheo. Beauty and history merge on this 21 by 4 mile island which is home of the Punta Mulas Lighthouse, built in 1893 and still protecting their port. 

In late 2011, sail to Isla de Vieques with SeaDream on the following voyages:

Nov. 4, 2011     SeaDream II Voyage # 21143              
Nov. 26, 2011    SeaDream II Voyage # 21146
Dec. 16, 2011    SeaDream II Voyage # 21149              
Dec. 17, 2011    SeaDream I Voyage # 11148

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SeaDream at one of her Caribbean home ports; San Juan Puerto Rico

SeaDream I & II are soon to leave the Caribbean and cross the Atlantic, where they’ll spend May through October in Europe. If you didn’t get a chance to sail the Caribbean this year, you may book your fall Caribbean voyage now. Both vessels will return to Caribbean in November and offer several voyages before the holidays using San Juan as a turn around port. Easy, direct air makes San Juan extra attractive.

01-NOV-2011         SDI 11141 San Juan San Juan 5 nights
06-NOV-2011         SDI 11142 San Juan Antigua 7 nights
11-DEC-2011         SDI 11147 Antigua San Juan 6 nights
17-DEC-2011         SDI 11148 San Juan San Juan 6 nights
23-DEC-2011         SDI 11149 San Juan San Juan 7 nights
30-DEC-2011         SDI 11201 San Juan San Juan 7 nights

 

04-NOV-2011         SDII 21143 San Juan St. Thomas 8 nights
19-NOV-2011         SDII 21145 St. Thomas San Juan 7 nights
26-NOV-2011         SDII 21146 San Juan St. Thomas 7 nights
10-DEC-2011         SDII 21148 St. Thomas San Juan 6 nights
16-DEC-2011         SDII 21149 San Juan St. Thomas 7 nights

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Frommer’s listed its picks for under-the-radar, crowd-free Caribbean islands.

From the list; Vieques, Puerto Rico and Nevis…both frequented by SeaDream for just that reason!

Vieques, Puerto Rico

The emergence of this former U.S. military base on the hospitality scene has been blessedly unhurried. About 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, Vieques retains a rustic feel.

The island — 22 miles long and 4 miles wide — also has more than its share of five-star beaches, including horseshoe coves and palm-fringed black-sand stretches. Take a boat out in the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay and you’re practically floating on stars.

More Info: www.vieques-island.com.

 

Nevis

The sleepy counterpart to the sister island of St. Kitts, Nevis is the unvarnished Caribbean with bejeweled coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches. Still, goats and donkeys roam the largely rural 36-square-mile island, and untamed bougainvillea spills over colonial windmills. It’s no vision of manicured perfection, and for many travelers, that’s a plus.

Quiet seclusion has its fans, and Nevis is increasingly on the radar of folks who appreciate character-filled tropical hideaways far from the cruise-ship crowds. You can sail, windsurf, and fish to your heart’s content, but really, put down that tennis racket and put up your feet. Taking it easy is known as “liming” here, and if someone back home asks you what you did on your Nevis vacation, the proper answer is “Liming!”

More Info: www.nevisisland.com

 

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SeaDream has announced exciting new options to explore Machu Picchu, complimenting their luxury voyages to the Amazon in February and March 2012. Few places are as intriguing or ignite curiosity more than Machu Picchu, voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status. SeaDream yacht club announced three pre-voyage and three post-voyage land adventure options to compliment their Amazon voyages. SeaDream has teamed up with experienced local partners and together have created unique and insightful excursions through Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Expertly escorted by specially selected local licensed guides, these are authentic cultural experiences designed for the sophisticated traveler. Tours include accommodations in five-star hotels, transportation on the Orient Express luxury train, the Hiram Bingham, lunch at the Wayra Ranch where prominent Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will serve up a gastronomic feast and afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. The longer tour options include an overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, allowing guests to explore the site late in the evening and early in the day.

The 112 guest mega-yacht, SeaDream II will be berthed at Iquitos, Peru on March 4, 2012. Guests sailing on the 20-day voyage #21207 from Barbados to Iquitos (February 13 – March 4), may reserve a 3, 5 or 6-night post-voyage Machu Picchu land adventure. Guests sailing on the 20-day voyage #21208 from Iquitos to Barbados (March 4 – 24) may reserve a 4, 5 or 6-night pre-voyage land adventure.

“These adventures enable guests to enhance their journey with a captivating land exploration arranged by SeaDream,” said Bob Lepisto, President, SeaDream yacht club. “Guests have the opportunity to experience the culture and history of this exotic destination by extending their SeaDream voyage with a land program created with their high level of expectation in mind.” For further details visit www.SeaDream.com or phone 800 707-4911.

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In the article 10 Islands to See Before You Die, written by Gary McKechnie, he starts off with the island of Vieques…

VIEQUES: Experience the world’s clearest bioluminescent bay

When the U.S. Navy packed up and left Vieques in 2003 after more than 60 years, it left something behind: unspoiled nature. Land once used for bombing practice is now designated as a national wildlife refuge.

So far there are only a few mega-resorts like those found on the Puerto Rican mainland — instead, you’ll find homey inns like the aptly named Great Escape B&B, where breakfast is served poolside. There are only two notable towns (the population is less than 10,000): Isabel Segunda on the northern side of the island, and the far smaller Esperanza on the south. The effect is that when you reach a beach at the end of a dirt road here, your reward is having the sand largely to yourself.

Playa de la Chiva (Blue Beach) attracts daytime snorkelers and divers, but the real reason Vieques belongs on your bucket list is Puerto Mosquito. Of the seven bioluminescent bays on the planet, Puerto Mosquito is the most impressive, thanks to the clarity and brightness of its waters. Schedule a moonless night for a swim or kayak tour and you’ll be greeted by billions of micro-organisms called dinoflagellates that ignite the water with a magical blue-green glow

Visit SeaDream’s website to book you next Caribbean voyage, including a visit to Vieques. And of course, SeaDream offers the BIOLUMINESCENT BAY ENCOUNTER.

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Go to our Facebook page to view the crystal clear waters of Virgin Gorda and closeups of one of our SeaDream yachts from the air!

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Due to unrest in Tunisia, SeaDream yacht club has revised the itinerary for SeaDream II voyage # 21120 sailing May 18 – 28, 2011 from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy roundtrip. The port of La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia has been replaced with Xlendi, Gozo Island, Malta.

SeaDream’s President, Bob Lepisto said “Based upon the tension in Tunisia, we feel the safety and security there remains uncertain. For that reason, we have elected not to call on the port of La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia. Instead, we’ve chosen to call on the peaceful island of Gozo. It has some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites and I think our guests will find this port highly enjoyable.”

Gozo, Malta’s sister island, is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean just 60 nautical miles south of Sicily. Greener and smaller than Malta; life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace. In summer, the island is awash with oleander, bougainvillea and geranium. In addition to calling on Gozo Island, the 10-night voyage # 21120 also features Bonifacio, Corsica; Sardinia, Italy; Sicily, Italy and Amalfi & Capri, Italy. Rates starting at $5,999 per person.

The expression ‘Yacht Club’ is not a sentiment about size; it is a statement about lifestyle aboard the small vessels. Chic and stylish, SeaDream I & II are the ultimate hybrid of deluxe private yacht and luxury boutique spa. The elegant informality of the yachts sits comfortably with state-of-the art facilities, discreet, personal service and world class cuisine. Yachting is about enjoying an unstructured lifestyle, dropping anchor offshore rather than tie up at dock, staying in port over night and taking a voyage to locations where large traditional cruise ships cannot sail. Itineraries include the Eastern Caribbean, The Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Amazon. For more details visit www.SeaDream.com

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