Seadream I sitting on the dock of the Thames

The Seadream I yacht docked alongside HMS Belfast on the Thames last night (8 May) and hosted on board a group of European travel and event agents to showcase the company’s latest European cruise programme (May-October) and opportunities for holding events on board.
Seadream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto flew in from Miami to greet the guests and underlined that the two Seadream yachts were boutique ships that did 20-25 per cent of their business as full yacht charters.
Event planners are also able to book by the deck for yachts that boast more crew than guests. Yesterday’s 82 guests were attended by 92 crew.
John Donohue MD of travel management specialists in Dublin attended the 8 May dinner in Seadream I’s Dining Salon and said there were some “attractive prices” now available for this luxury product which he thought compared favourably with bigger cruise liners. “I believe that Seadream Yacht Club is a perfect product for the events and meetings market, in particular the medium size market which may wish to take a complete deck or for smaller companies who would like to keep their team together in a luxurious five-star environment.”
“Aereps,” said Donohue, “will also market Seadream Yacht Club as a private charter to the incentive market. Lastly, the wedding market is very strong in Ireland and Seadream, with a capacity for 112 guests is a good fit for what would be deemed a small Irish wedding!”
A new itinerary sailing from Barbados to Brazil’s Amazon had proved  a sell out, said Lepisto and the route would again be offered in the November-April Caribbean season.
Other attractions aboard Seadream for planners interested in luxury incentives include a small casino, a spa with eight therapists and 54 19sqm staterooms. The Main Salon is the largest meetings space, on Deck Three.
“Seadream is yachting, not cruising,” Lepisto said, noting the experience was particularly suited to active teambuilding types. “A full range of water sports equipment can be deployed within 30 minutes of the yacht mooring,” he added.
Lepisto also claimed the Seadream yachting experience meant the ability to explore more exclusive destinations than the larger cruise liners.
Seadream was founded in 2001 by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad and has corporate offices in Miami, Florida andOslo. SeaDream Yacht Club has also launched a new website.
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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