Well it’s not difficult to figure out what this article is going to be about. I’ve spelt it out in three words – luxury, incentive, and yachting. When you combine the three with SeaDream – what I consider to be a six-star experience – you’ve got a match made in heaven.
With a maximum of 100 passengers and 100 crew it’s little wonder that this yachting, not cruising, experience is tailor made for pandering to your incentive delegate’s every need.
Our luxury yachting journey took us from Rome to Tenerife and included stops in Portofino, Monaco, Le Lavandou, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar, Portimao, Funchal, Las Palmas, La Gomera and finally, Tenerife.
Embarkation: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.
Eighteen steps to paradise from terra ferma to the main deck and our group is welcomed by the captain and his crew serving French champagne and canapés. Soon after we are escorted to our staterooms – rooms with a view, and stunning views they are thanks to the huge windows! The rooms are set for any configuration that suits your group – twin or queen/double bed with all rooms featuring flat screen TVs, CD/DVD players, iPod docking station, mini bar, Bvlgari amenities, personalised stationery and even personalised PJs. Lookin’ pretty good!
So, what’s on offer for incentive and meeting groups?
For a start, it’s an all-inclusive price and you get to experience different countries and cultures and you’re only unpacking ONCE! Inclusions include gourmet meals (one, two, three, four or five courses if you’re up for it) served in the Dining Salon or outside in the ‘Topside Restaurant’; an open bar with selected premium brands, and a selection of wine to accompany lunch and dinner; 24-hour room service; numerous water ‘toys’ (including banana boat, water skiing and wake boards); there are mountain bikes, a golf simulator; plenty of activities with the crew; great shopping tours with the chef; and the list goes on and on.
There really is never a dull moment. On the Caribbean sailings, there’s also SeaDream’s signature ‘Caviar Splash’. Better checkout their website for that one – www.seadream.com/lifestyle/champagne-and-caviar-splash.
If you must do some work, the Main Salon can be used for AV presentations, talks, live performances, award presentations, theme nights and disco/night club events. Smaller and more private areas such as the piano bar and pool bar can also be used for similar more intimate events.
You can even sleep under the stars on the Balinese beds and wake up to enjoy special yoga and tai chi classes in the morning, then perhaps followed by beach massages. Seriously, anything is possible.
Disembarkation: Tenerife (Canary Islands), Spain.
Eighteen steps from paradise to terra ferma. Hard to leave.
SeaDream has welcomed a number of Australian-based company incentives and sole-use birthday celebrations which have ranged from 50 to 100 people. The intimate size of the vessel combined with the one-to-one staff to guest ratio, the first-class gourmet food and service (and the fact you only have to unpack ONCE!) makes the experience one of the best in the world.
It’s no wonder that SeaDream was recently voted number one cuisine – small ship lines – in Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Awards, 2013.