SeaDream Yacht Club offers 10 per cent off the second seven-day segment for back-to-back sailings in the Mediterranean until November. For example, SeaDream II departs on a round-trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia, on August 19 and then sets sail from Dubrovnik on August 26 for Piraeus, the port for Athens, including a transit of the Corinth Canal. Each week’s allinclusive cruise starts at $US4926 ($6224) a person twin-share, with $US450 a person off the second sailing. More: seadream.com. you to safe anchorage in Bonifacio but it is very small and I shall have to enter the harbour backwards. Then we’ll go to Cannes.” Whoops of excitement.
Even SeaDream I’s late-risers are on deck at dawn to watch Captain Smorawski reverse the mega-yacht through a tiny aperture in the white limestone cliffs and skilfully navigate the narrow channel into Bonifacio’s piccolo harbour.
He executes the challenging manoeuvre with grace and precision and while larger ships visiting this endearing port have to take passengers ashore in tender boats we are settled snugly in the shadow of the mighty medieval citadel that glares across to Sardinia.
Ambitious SeaDreamers stride up to the citadel, others climb up and down the King of Aragon’s 328 steps. I stay put in port watching the ebb and flow of fishing boats and super-yachts. And so to Cannes where the film festival is in full swing. The Croisette is barricaded for processions of vintage automobiles and flashy limousines disgorging their precious cargo at the red-carpeted steps of Palais des Festivals. All Cannes is a seething mass of wannabes tottering around in flimsy stilettos and cowboy boots wearing placards and all manner of inappropriate attire. We don’t score any A-list invitations. But all we 112 SeaDramers agree that the Palme D’Or for best boutique cruise ship would have to be SeaDream I.
Maggy Oehlbeck was a guest of SeaDream Yacht Club.