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Top gourmet cruising on the high seas with Sea Dream

July 18, 2014 Global Travel Media TV, Headline News No Comments Email Email

EGT mediaTVWhile many cruise vessels proclaim to offer gourmet cuisine, many also sometimes sadly fall short, but that was definitely not the case on my recent Mediterranean and Atlantic cruise or should I say when I was “yachting” on board the award winning Sea Dream I.

downloadSeaDream I is the domain of some serious quality gourmet cuisine called Confluence Cuisine, with every night a different gourmet menu being offered, including an amazing Welcome Dinner, a stunning degustation evening and various international evenings including  Spanish and Indian evening .  Check out some of the menus below.  There is also always an a la carte menu and also a range of healthier, vegetarian, gluten free and other options available and if that is not enough, you can also ask for whatever you want and if they have it, they will provide it.

Every night, ladies are escorted arm in arm into the restaurant by the maitre d’hotel or the hotel manager and men escorted by one of the yacht’s hostesses, with a guitarist playing in the background, with also every evening, waiters revealing the gourmet main courses from underneath silver cloches with a great deal of panache and flair.

download (7)In 2013, SeaDream Yacht Club’s yachts even won the very well deserved highest score for cuisine in the small ships category, in a survey of more than 80,000 Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers and also, the 2013 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships announced that the 112-guest mega yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II have again achieved the top two ratings in the ‘Boutique Ships’ category for 50 – 250 passengers, with The Berlitz Guide, now in its 28th year, researched and written by Douglas Ward, the world’s top authority on cruising and cruise ships.

Ward reviewed 284 cruise ships, to decide the top rating ships for 2013, with the 10 most highly rated being officially “small” or “boutique” and the SeaDream “yachts” rating out of a possible 2,000 points being SeaDream II at 1,788 points and SeaDream I at 1,786 points.

download (6)Oh and by the way, there is also a caviar and French champagne afternoon around the pool, with believe me only the best of both available … yum!

They say behind ever good man there is a good woman, but also behind every top quality gourmet meal, there is a highly experienced chef, with Sea Dream I no exception, with Czech born Ondrej Havlicek, the master chef behind the world class, gourmet cuisine I thoroughly enjoyed on Sea Dream 1 while I cruised the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

download (3)Ondrej told me that on SeaDream there is no pre-cooking, everything is prepared a la minute and everything fresh, adding, he can go off at any port we visit and buy what fruit and vegetables are available, planning that night’s menu accordingly and what he buys at the markets in the morning, is on the passengers’ plates that evening.

I met with Ondrej during my Mediterranean and Atlantic sojourn aboard sea Dream I and to check out what he has to say about his work as Executive Chef aboard Sea Dream I, click on the video box below.

John Alwyn-Jones reporting on location on board Sea Dream I with Sea Dream Yacht Club.

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