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May 20, 2018 Headline News, Reviews No Comments Email Email

A check on Google tells me Arctic P, the $80 million 87 metre yacht owned by the Packer family has been spotted in New Zealand.

The Ruler of Dubai’s $400 million floating hotel Dubai, the third biggest privately-owned yacht in the world with a crew of 88 people, has nosed into its home port. Meanwhile, our yacht, with a crew of 90, is on its way from Malaga in Spain to Nice in France – the 10 day itinerary includes Motril, Cartegena, Alicante, Ibiza, Palma De Mallorca, Mahon, Saint Tropez plus Cannes and its famed red carpet before Nice.

SeaDream II at Anchor in Cannes. Guests can enjoy watersports including riding jet skis.

Living the life of a billionaire must cost the earth you must be thinking – after all, the going rate in Europe for one of these super yachts is around $US500,000 a week. Before you try to divide that total up between 32 couples let me assure you the cost is more than comparable with the luxury end of today’s mega liners.

We are aboard SeaDream II – one of two yachts offering adventure and the lifestyle of billionaires for a fraction of the cost of a private charter. SeaDream II was built in 1985 and the sister ship in 1984 – that makes them veterans of the sea and to be sure newer ships have left them behind when it comes to features like balcony cabins.

The rooms are quite small along with the bathrooms – although the walk-in shower is a welcome feature. There are no Broadway productions each night or Disney characters waiting to greet you in the lobby.

Cabins are on the small side by modern day standards – but beautifully appointed.

Instead guests are welcomed by Captain Steinar Holmsteinsson and as formalities are concluded enjoy a shoulder massage by one of the girls from the spa. In your stateroom an ice cold bottle of French champagne awaits. Entertainment at night for some might be enjoying a drink in the piano bar, a flutter at the casino or simply playing bridge or scrabble. Your cabin TV streams a range of channels and entertainment including current movies.

Concierge has piles of DVDs to select from. By comparison, the monster ships that these days accommodate 6000 people can offer hundreds of separate events. What they can’t possibly do however is provide the sort of service expected by the rich and famous any more than they can make getting you on or off the ship a simple exercise.

More often than not if we were being shuttled by a coach or tender we were with only three or four other couples.

Written by: Ian McIntosh

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