Luxury yacht ‘Sea Dream II’ makes maiden call to Colombo

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By P. Waruni Much-awaited by travel enthusiasts in the region looking for a unique yachting experience but not cruising, unlike other, an enchanting journey layered with exotic comfort, the luxury yacht ‘Sea Dream II’ arrived in Colombo last morning as part of her Asian voyage ‘Passage to the Far East’. She will now go onto Singapore and the Far East, offering 18 unique voyages around the region. The Sea Dream Yacht Club is considered ‘The World’s Best’ by acclaimed critics worldwide as well as amongst the seagoing fraternity. The arrival at the Port of Colombo was marked by an exchange of plaques between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority represented by Chairman Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema and the yacht’s Master Captain Terje Willassen, amongst a gathering that included SLPA Managing Director Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Harbour Master Capt Ravi Jayawickrema, Malraj Kiriella of Sri Lanka Tourism and a host of distinguished and enthusiastic guests invited by Helanka Vacations GSA for Sea Dream Yacht Club in Sri Lanka. Helanka Vacation as the GSA partner for Sea Dream in Sri Lanka is looking forward to offer this experience to Sri Lankans who have achieved excellence and are looking for something different with their Asian passages and/or Amazon and Caribbean voyages. The SLPA officials, Sri Lanka Tourism representatives and special invitees were welcomed on board by Helanka Vacations Managing Director Rohitha Mendis, Vice President – Voyage Planning, Destinations and Land Programs James Cabello and SeaDream Yacht Club, India/Corporate Chef, SDYC President Sudesh Kishore Founded in 2001, the Sea Dream Yatch Club is a yachting venture by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad. The company operates Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II, twin, ultra-luxury mega yachts that operate five to 20 night sailings in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Amazon River. The yachts are not only ideal for discerning travellers seeking an unstructured and casual holiday experience, but also for groups and full yacht charters for meetings, incentives and individual private family gatherings. At its maiden stopover in Colombo, Sea Dream showcased its exclusive standard of cuisine and service (with a video and a tour of the yacht). Guests were seeing enjoying the plush interiors, the inviting lounging areas and exclusive services onboard Sea Dream.  With all its luxurious comforts, the Sea Dream yacht reflects a passion for style, quality and casual perfection. Sea Dream yachts are chic and stylish. The 52 stateroom yachts are favoured for their elegant informality, state-of-the-art facilities, personalised service provided by a crew of 100, inclusive open bar and gratuities, ocean view accommodations, luxury spa and world class cuisine. Mendis, Managing Director of Helanka Vacations, the GSA for Sea Dream in Sri Lanka, and of Prudential Shipping, Port Agent for Sea Dream yachts, said: “The arrival of the Sea Dream yacht to the region is an opportunity for unique holiday experiences for elite Sri Lankan travellers hitherto not available.  We are very happy to be associated with Sea Dream and are encouraged by the response we have got so far during the maiden call of Sea Dream’s visit to Sri Lanka.  We are confident that in the not-so-distant future several Sri Lankans will make use of the opportunity to experience the unique yachting holiday, an experience like none other.” Kishore added: “Sea Dream voyages are for those who have achieved excellence in life and want to experience the best. Being pampered by an award-winning crew of 95, the level of attention and service paid to each guest will give them the impression of being on their own private yacht. We look forward to having more elite Sri Lankans experience the magic of Sea Dream.”