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SeaDream Yacht Club to sail to Norway in June 2020

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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After pausing voyages in March, SeaDream Yacht Club has revealed plans to begin sailing in Norway in June 2020. SeaDream Yacht Club announced today it is now accepting reservations for 9 new 2020 Norwegian voyages. The newly unveiled voyages, kicking off June 2020 through September, include hand-picked destinations by SeaDream’s Norwegian founder and owner, Atle Brynestad.

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, SeaDream was able to avoid contamination thanks to stringent sanitation procedures, excellent medical infrastructure on board, and the crew’s professionalism. However, the company decided to pause operations because of travel restrictions. The Yachts were repositioned to Lisbon where the crew choosing to stay on board have been busy doing maintenance and upgrades. The installation of a basketball hoop by the pool deck, yoga, and other activities have kept them busy and active. The Chefs have spent the time coming up with new dishes, and the deck crew has painted, replaced the teak deck, and performed other maintenance tasks without inconveniencing guests onboard.

For almost 20 years, SeaDream has set its own standards when it comes to service and cleanliness. This has allowed the company to promptly resume sailing safely. SeaDream continues to closely monitor the global health and travel restrictions with the agility to adapt our itineraries as needed.

“It has been very apparent from our frequent video calls with the onboard teams that without our guests, the yachts are simply not the same and that the crew genuinely miss serving our loyal guests,” said SeaDream’s Andreas Brynestad. While SeaDream usually operates in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, the Yachts have been to Norway before. But this time they are going further north past the Arctic Circle so that guests can experience the midnight sun, the spectacular Lofoten Fjords, and Tromsø. “We believe that there is no better way to experience Norway this summer than onboard SeaDream. We know our guests will enjoy the SeaDream experience of casual elegance and gourmet dining accompanied by the most beautiful backdrop in the world. Our yachts offer a naturally healthy, outdoor environment where space, fresh air, and healthy food have always been a central component. We are so excited to be back doing what we do best – bringing our signature SeaDream service to our loyal guests.” said Andreas Brynestad.
The newly-announced voyages include two options: a 7-day voyage to Bergen and a 12-day voyage with 3 days in Lofoten, one of Norway’s premier destinations. SeaDream’s voyages are unlike any other luxury travel experience. With an onboard lifestyle that exemplifies casual yachting, SeaDream sails to some of the region’s smallest ports and harbors, affording guests the opportunity to feel as if they are on their own private escape.

Norwegian itinerary highlights include:

– Bergen – Known to Norwegians as “the Heart of the Fjords”, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Two 7-day voyages will embark in Bergen and disembark in Oslo, with a third voyage embarking in Oslo and disembarking in Bergen. Additionally, all six of the 12-day voyages will offer opportunities to explore Bergen’s houses on hillsides, cobblestone alleys, and world-renowned gastronomy.
– Olden – A small village located at the mouth of the Oldeelva river, Olden is Norway’s gateway to the glaciers. SeaDream guests will have the opportunity to explore its steep mountains and roaring waterfalls as well as many historic sites on all nine voyages.
– Ålesund - SeaDream guests will delight in the Art Nouveau architecture and scenic landscapes of this town which stretches across several islands in the Atlantic Ocean. This destination is included in all nine of SeaDream’s new Norwegian itineraries.
– Lofoten – A long-beloved summer destination for Norwegians, the Lofoten Islands are draped across the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. SeaDream guests onboard the 12-day voyages will enjoy 3 days in Lofoten filled with unforgettable views of majestic mountains, breathtaking fjords, and surf-swept beaches while basking in up to 24 hours of sunlight per day.
– Additional new ports in the new itineraries include Geiranger, Flam, Rosendal, Skagen, Rorvk, and Tromso.

These new Norwegian voyages will be enhanced by an expansive selection of new and exciting Yachting Land Adventures to ensure guests have the opportunity to experience the best each port has to offer with one-of-a-kind adventures.
The SeaDream experience is known for its personalized, award-winning service, 5-star cuisine, intimate ports and exceptional onboard features such as the Balinese Dream Beds to sleep under the stars and the Watersports Marina complete with water toys for the perfect yachting vacation.

Brodosplit launches Quark Expedition's polar newbuild Ultramarine

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Brodosplit and Quark Expeditions marked a major milestone last week in the construction of its technologically-advanced polar vessel, Ultramarine, with a traditional launch ceremon.

Tomislav Debeljak, owner and CEO of the DIV Group, which includes Brodosplit, the largest shipyard in Croatia, was joined by shipyard godmother Andrea Mutak (from the Split-based children’s charity Udruga Andeli – Association of Angels), dignitaries and Brodosplit employees as Ultramarine – built specifically for polar travel – entered the water for the very first time.

“Today’s launch ceremony is a time-honored shipyard tradition,” said Andrew White, President, Quark Expeditions. “That very moment when ‘ship first meets water’ is a major milestone for any vessel. The sound of Ultramarine’s hull entering the water from slipway No. 2 into Supaval Bay signified we’re one step closer to exploring the polar regions on this game-changing ship. But, of course, it’s not just any ship that we’re celebrating today – but a ship built specifically for polar exploration. Ultramarine will be an unrivalled operational base for exploring the polar regions in ways never thought possible.”

“While the star of today is Ultramarine, the ceremony also honors a cast of people without whom this vessel would never exist: the Brodosplit shipyard team,” says White. “Following a tradition that goes back to earlier times, a shipyard godmother – different from the godmother who eventually christens the ship – is chosen for this ‘working launch.’ Traditionally, this godmother has an affiliation with the shipyard community, which is important to us because today’s launch is our way of celebrating the community of engineers, naval architects, welders, structural fabricators, riggers, electricians and all of the other shipyard crew who had a hand in the launch of this expedition vessel–which will change the way we explore the Polar Regions.”

Andrea Mutak was chosen as shipyard godmother because of her work with Udruga Andeli (Association of Angels), a community organization in Split that supports children with severe physical and developmental disabilities. “It was an incredibly proud moment for all of us at Quark Expeditions as the shipyard godmother cut the rope and released Ultramarine into the waters of Supaval Bay, on the Split Peninsula.”

“The launch of any ship is complex and once underway, uncontrolled until the vessel is attached to tugs standing by,” says Malcolm Ellis, Senior Vice-President, Operations for Quark Expeditions. “The total time involved from trigger release until the vessel is stopped in the water is little more than a minute or two. Yet, the potential for damage in that time period is greater than at any time during the ship’s many years of service. The stress placed on a vessel during launch is probably the highest it will experience in its lifetime. No rehearsal is possible.”

The 199-passenger Ultramarine features two twin-engine helicopters, 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, the most robust portfolio of off-ship adventure options in the entire industry (including heli-skiing, alpine kayaking and heli-hiking), superior onboard comfort and unparalleled amenities (including a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the polar landscape), spacious spa-inspired suites, advanced sustainability systems, and a unique interior design that keeps guests connected to the breathtaking polar landscapes outside while they relax inside. Guests will enjoy breathtaking public spaces and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size.

Thomas Mazloum to lead Disney Cruise Line

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Thomas Mazloum, who most recently was Senior Vice President of Resort and Transportation Operations at Walt Disney World Resort, now becomes President, Disney Signature Experiences, which includes Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney. A veteran of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Mazloum previously oversaw 28 resort hotels as well as transportation operations that rival mid-sized American cities, at the world’s premier vacation destination, Walt Disney World Resort. Before Disney, Mazloum worked at Crystal Cruises.

“I am thrilled to continue my Disney career by joining the businesses renowned for providing personalized and uniquely Disney experiences and delivering world-class guest service,” said Mazloum. “I cannot wait to bring even more magic to guests on the seas and at our remarkable destinations around the world.”

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