Sea Cloud II
- 94 guests
- year built
- crew members
- 65 crew members
- 384 feet
- 53 feet
- 18 feet
Since Sea Cloud II was commissioned over ten years ago, she has never ceased to enchant and impress. Not only is she a 5-star cruise ship but also an intimate yacht with only 94 guests. Aboard Sea Cloud II, discerning travelers will discover their passion for sailing ships as she is a three-masted barque of classic, elegant style. Enjoy the expansive space of four decks, a relaxed social atmosphere and the space for private contemplation.
Sea Cloud II Review
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Choose the Sea Cloud II if you are seeking an absolutely charming, and perfect size ship for whatever level of social interaction you desire while at sea. She is sister ship to the legendary Sea Cloud, constructed in 1931 for Marjorie Merriweather Post. With a total length of 384 feet and 23 sails, Sea Cloud II joined the Sea Cloud fleet of wind-powered ocean liners in 2001. By using the most up-to-date materials, ranging from metal in the yards and masts to innovative plastics in the sails and the rigging, it was possible to increase the size of her masts and sails so that two yard masts and one gaff mast can almost match the performance of a four-masted barque. Experts refer to the Sea Cloud II just as a “barque” because the number of masts only needs to be specified if the vessel has more than three of them. Choose Sea Cloud II if you wish to travel among some of the finest routes in classic style with all the comforts of a modern-day ship.
Common Areas Aboard Sea Cloud II
The lounge, the library and the restaurant are all imbued with stylish comfort. The atmosphere is free and easy, the dress code is casual and interaction is only ever spontaneous. Every area has its own way of enticing visitors, so you will continually discover new favorite places. In the middle of the lido deck find the spacious lounge, often complete with gentle music from the Steinway piano and, on selected cruises, interesting talks by guest lecturers. On the same deck find the library, which contains selected literature, DVDs, popular board games, the Sea Cloud II’s intriguing guest book and a laptop with internet access.
Yet do not forget you are aboard a majestic tall ship, propelled by the wind in its sails. To simply watch the movement of the sails and all the traditional tasks associated with a tall ship is for many people one of the most wonderful experiences on the high seas. On all the decks you will of course find many traditional deckchairs and benches on which you can sit alone or in a small group, gazing out to sea. On the sun deck find two large sun loungers and the bridge. The officers will be happy to welcome you into the command center – maneuvers permitting. In the evening, the lido deck is a wonderful place to wind down with a nice drink. You might also be entertained by the Crew Shanty Choir.
Activities Aboard Sea Cloud
Sea Cloud II’s snorkeling equipment can be taken ashore at any time. On-board zodiac boats take you ashore, and are also used to tow the “Fun Island,” an inflatable water sled for those who fancy some high-speed fun! Depending on sea conditions, the swim platform provides direct access to the largest swimming pool in the world: the sea. Fitness enthusiasts can use the 328-foot-long lido deck as their running/walking circuit while taking in all the different views that you can expect on board a tall ship. For others, morning exercise sessions are just the way to start a new day. In the smart fitness studio, find dumbbells, bikes, treadmills and step machines for more focused workouts, and the adjoining sauna area enhances your general well-being. Furthermore, there are a range of spa services on board the Sea Cloud II (massages and beauty treatments at additional cost), using the finest products from Maria Galland.
Meals Aboard Sea Cloud II
In Sea Cloud II’s restaurant find tables for couples and groups of four, six and eight. The Lido Deck is often an inviting place to have lunch or an evening barbecue out in the open air. And since you are dining on a tall ship with the character of a private yacht, you are free to choose your place and company at the table. Sea Cloud II’s culinary creations are sure to impress even the most discerning of connoisseurs; it is easy to see why she was chosen to join the exclusive Chaîne des Rôtisseurs group. The menu is a touch of Nouvell cuisine, enhanced by regional specialties. Fine wines from the world’s vineyards are served with dinner. Sunset “Happy Hours” are held nightly at the Lido Bar.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Sea Cloud II
Sea Cloud II features six cabin categories all with private bathrooms, small sitting area, table, chair, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe and individually adjustable A/C. All the cabins aboard Sea Cloud II have a bright ambiance, spacious marble baths and plenty of room for all your personal belongings. The 32-45 square foot private bathrooms all feature marble sinks, golden fixtures, hair dryers and an outlet for a razor. No matter which cabin you choose, the cabin service will provide everything you need. Your maritime home is tidied twice a day, the fruit bowl is refilled, and the daily program is left out for you to read (not to mention all the extra little touches).