When I was asked to join a host of agents and travel professionals onboard SeaDream I jumped at the chance. Having stayed on a big cruise ship before, this smaller, yacht-like cruising experience was new to me, but one which I will never forget. The yacht was moored next to the HMS Belfast in Tower Bridge London for one night only.
After check-in and a short tender ride across the Thames, we were greeted by a team of staff immaculately dressed and extremely attentive. The line up included our captain - thoughts of a scene from ‘Officer and a Gentleman’ did cross my mind but I wouldn't like to chance him throwing me over his shoulder!
After sipping champagne and mingling with other guests we embarked on a tour of the yacht. It was everything I expected and more, from the stunning outdoor deck and pool area, to the piano bar, restaurant and our very own jet skis – our every whim was catered for.
Whether it's sleeping under the stars in one of their Balinese beds or simply sitting in one of the captain’s chairs enjoying the view through a pair of binoculars - SeaDream have thought of it all.
But for me it was the difference between SeaDream Yacht Club and a big ship which was so very special; casual perfection runs through everything they do and the level of attention and service they paid made us all feel as if we were on our very own private yacht.
Dinner was a sumptuous affair with seven courses and wine or Champagne flowing all evening while our cabin on deck three featured a large picture window, two twin beds and even a seating area with sofa.
SeaDream really does have it all and I really didn't want to get off the morning after my stay…the thought of staying on board as a stowaway did cross my mind!
I had such an amazing time - moored on the Thames – that I can only begin to imagine what it would be like sailing the Caribbean. I have added it to my bucket list and hope I one day get the chance to find out - thank you SeaDream.