Sea Cloud Cruises: More than just a Cruise | from $2,355.00 USD per person

Posted by Nina Winwood · in Europe

Sea Cloud Cruises: More than just a Cruise | from $2,355.00 USD per person

Posted by Nina Winwood · in Europe

With Sea Cloud cruises you can enjoying sailing on either of their majestic tall ships, the SEA CLOUD or the SEA CLOUD II.

Sea Cloud Cruises transport guests into a world where sincerity and honesty still count, traditions are prized and individual requirements take centre stage. In a time when everything claims to be bigger than ever before, Sea Cloud Cruises have made a conscious decision to keep their cruises small and exclusive.

HISTORY

A passion for exclusive tall ships and sophisticated indulgence has shaped the legacy of their two yachts since their creation.

The American millionaire couple Edward F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post were already owners of several luxury vessels when, in 1929, they commissioned the construction of a new ship - one that would be larger and more extravagant than anything that had gone before. The legendary SEA CLOUD was born, a yacht whose beauty would, 85 years later, go on to inspire the building of its sister ship, the SEA CLOUD II.

Yet as elegant as their two windjammers may be, these two vessels are imbued with sailing tradition: On these ships, sailing is not just for show - it is a true craft. When the orders ring out over the deck and the crew climb the masts to hoist the sails, every single manoeuvre marks a centuries-old ritual being brought to life

THE ART OF SAILING

The sailing crew pull with all their power on a hemp rope that disappears into the rigging twenty metres above their heads. The mighty sails flap in the fresh sea breeze, starting a tug-of-war with the team down below.

Flawlessly polished brass shines in the sunlight. Then with one final strong tug on the main halyard, the yacht is ready to feel the full force of the wind - mission accomplished!

It takes the crew almost one hour to hoist the sails by hand, and it is a fascinating spectacle each and every time. Once firmly enveloped in a romantic tall ship setting, you will understand just why their vessels are the most beautiful part of the adventure.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Sea Cloud’s 5-star style fulfils the highest demands, allows true relaxation and real pleasure. Here is an overview of the main services included in your cruise rate:

  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • On board the SEA CLOUD and the SEA CLOUD II, the use of snorkelling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
  • Free laundry service for cat. A-C (SEA CLOUD) and cat. A+B (SEA CLOUD II) cabin guests

WHERE DO THEY SAIL?

The best sailing waters in the world form the perfect backdrop for sailing trips with the SEA CLOUD and SEA CLOUD II, be it Central America and the Lesser Antilles, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Coast or Northern Europe. No matter which sailing region you choose: their two windjammers will transport you to unique places, turning the voyage into the destination. Sea Cloud offer cruises from 4 days right through to 26 days. Contact us for specific itinerary and date options.

CRUISING REGIONS:

  • Caribbean and Cuba
  • Costa Rica and Central America
  • Transatlantic
  • Northern Europe
  • Southern Europe

Featured Programs:

Culinary Cruise:
Culinary delights are top of the list on the journey with SEA CLOUD II from Barcelona, Spain to Porto, Portugal. Guests’ palates will be pampered by two starred chefs of FEINE PRIVATHOTELS together with SEA CLOUD II’s head chef. There will also be an invaluable insight into the trendy drink, gin.
Travel dates: Barcelona, Spain - Porto, Portugal, 26th May 2017 to 3rd June 2017, from USD 4,755 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 340 until 30th November 2016).

Biking Cruise:
Whoever sails with SEA CLOUD II in August 2017 from Hamburg to Bilbao, Spain, will experience the World Heritage Site of Bruges with its charming mediaeval old town, Belle-Île-en-Mer in Brittany and the Basque gourmet-mecca of San Sebastian.
For the more active guests wishing to discover the Atlantic coast in the footsteps of Claude Monet, the Terranova cycling package is highly recommended and can be booked as an option with the cruise.

Travel dates: Hamburg, Germany - Bilbao, Spain, 21st August 2017 to 31st August 2017, from USD 5,895 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 430 until 30th November 2016). Rate for the optional cycling excursion package: USD 915 per person which includes sightseeing and entrance fees, guided bike tours and hikes, transfers, bike rental, support van and beverage breaks.

Music Cruise:
World-famous composers, grandiose opera houses and fantastic voices - in Italy and Spain the world of music is at home. During the sailing cruise from La Valletta, Malta to Valencia, Spain, guests staying on SEA CLOUD II will have the opportunity to enjoy special musical moments in Palermo and Valencia. In Palermo the Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest theatre, and in Valencia the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, one of the world's most important centers for theatre, opera and music, are on the program. A music expert will be aboard to enrich the program with presentations from the world of music. In addition there will be two concerts aboard.

Travel dates: La Valletta, Malta - Valencia, Spain, 28th October 2017 to 6th November 2017. Rates from USD 5,295 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 5,295 until 30th November 2016). The rates for the optional package operas Palermo / Valencia will be given after the publication of the opera programs for 2017.

Tasting Cruises:
There will be three short taster-trips in 2017. During the long Whitsun weekend, guests of SEA CLOUD II can enjoy a trip from Porto to Bilbao along the Galician coast. Alternatively in August, they can experience the summer in this region, on the same route from Bilbao to Lisbon. Highlights of the trip are a visit to the pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela and the Cies Islands nature reserve. In contrast a Venice to Venice round-trip on SEA CLOUD where guests will visit Rovinj in Istria, Trieste with its Habsburg history and the island of Rab.

Travel dates for SEA CLOUD II: Porto, Portugal – Bilbao, Spain, 3rd to 7th June 2017, prices from USD 2,355 per person in a twin cabin (early booking incentive of USD 170 until 30th November 2016); Bilbao, Spain - Lisbon, Portugal, 31st August 2017 to 5th September 2017, prices from USD 2,955 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 210 until 30th November 2016).

Travel dated for SEA CLOUD: Venice, Italy - Venice, Italy, 12th to 16th October 2017, prices from USD 2,595 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 170 until 30th November 2016).

Autumn destinations 2017:

Before the two windjammers wend their way across the Atlantic to their winter quarters, there are two colourful Canaries programs with very different perspectives. On the one hand SEA CLOUD offers a sailing trip with no fixed schedule and on the other SEA CLOUD II guests will have the opportunity to sail during the day and then spend plenty of time in the ports of call overnight to discover the country and its peoples.

Travel dates: SEA CLOUD: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 21st to 28th November 2017, from USD 4,595 per person in a twin outside cabin (early-booking incentive of USD 300 until 30th November 2016). SEA CLOUD II: Casablanca, Morocco - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 14th to 24th November 2017 from USD 5,195 per person in a twin outside cabin (early- booking incentive of USD 430 until 30th November 2016).

Winter destinations 2016/17:

As the 2017/2018 winter season is still far in the future, SEA CLOUD CRUISES would like to share with you their objectives for the coming winter 2016/2017: SEA CLOUD will, after a long trip to Cuba, sail mainly to the British Virgin Islands, Lesser Antilles and The Grenadines. SEA CLOUD II makes her opener in the Lesser Antilles and then sets course for the ABC Islands, Costa Rica, Central America and Cuba.


If this type of sailing adventure is something that interests you, please do not hesitate to contact one of our travel specialists by calling 604-736-7447 or leave us an inquiry by clicking on the contact us button above.


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