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Domaine Carneros Hidden Caribbean January 13-20, 2018

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Ever dream of yachting in the Caribbean? Just visiting smaller, unspoiled islands? The SeaDream will sail with only 112 fortunate  guests or less and head for the seldom seen destinations. When I have the opportunity to sail the Caribbean, the smaller ports are by far the most magical, and I’m always happy to return. Waking up, being surrounded by azure-blue water and a village in the distance, is one of the most relaxing things in the world. On SeaDream dining outside is encouraged. Three gorgeous meals a day and once you taste the cuisine, you will be there for all of them. Of course, there will be many glasses filled with your favorite bubbly, enjoyed at private parties or over dinner with new friends. Please join me for a pause to refresh, a pause to remember.

With only 112 guests onboard, early booking and reservations are essential and Domaine Carneros fares are the lowest allowed by SeaDream. Guests wishing to participate in all Domaine Carneros winery events aboard must book through MmMmTravel. Anyone making their reservation elsewhere (including directly with SeaDream) will not be able to participate in all Domaine Carneros events aboard.

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights:

  • MmMmTravel guests receive a $100 per person spa credit.
  • All-inclusive 7 day cruise features prepaid gratuities, open bar, educational wine tastings, meals and onboard watersports marina.
  • Savor a selection of Domaine Carneros and other hand-selected wines by Eileen Crane onboard.
  • Visit stunning and uncrowded Caribbean ports of call.
  • Savor a wine dinner with Domaine Carneros Founding Winemaker and CEO Eileen Crane, featuring limited-availability wines from Domaine Carneros.
  • Enjoy private receptions hosted by Eileen Crane,  Founding Winemaker and CEOs of Domaine Carneros.

 

 

Itinerary

2018 Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Jan 13, Sa Bridgetown, Barbados Embark
2pm-4pm
Evening
Domaine Carneros Welcome Reception*
Jan 14, Su Mayreau, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Morning Late Evening
Jan 15, M Port Elizabeth, Bequia,
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Morning Evening
 Cocktails with Eileen Crane*
Jan 16, Tu Le Marin, Martinique, F.W.I. Morning Evening
Domaine Carneros Wine Dinner*
Jan 17, W Deshaies, Guadeloupe, F.W.I. Morning Evening
Jan 18, Th Saba, Netherlands Antilles Morning Afternoon
Jan 18, Th Gustavia, St. Barts, F.W.I. Evening Overnight
Jan 19, F Gustavia, St. Barts, F.W.I.   Evening
Domaine Carneros Farewell Dinner*
Jan 20, Sa Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Morning Disembark  8am-10am

Itinerary and schedule of events subject to change.

 

Pricing

Class MmMmTravel
Fare
Published
Fare
The Owner’s Suite waitlist waitlist
Admiral Suite waitlist waitlist
Commodore Deck 3 waitlist waitlist
Commodore Deck 2 $5,899 $13,800
Yacht Club Deck 4 $4,199 $7,900
Yacht Club Deck 3 $3,799 $7,400
Yacht Club Deck 2 $3,299 $6,900

MmMmTravel fares are capacity controlled and may change without notice. The fares are per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement for this voyage is 175% for Yacht Club Deck 2,3 and 4. For Commodore, Admiral and Owners Suite, a 200% single supplement rate applies. Triple rates for suites available upon request.  Fares will increase as the ship fills. A 25% deposit secures you in the best available pricing & locations. Deposit is fully refundable, minus a $50 per stateroom administrative fee, if cancelled more than 121 days prior to sailing.  Government taxes, Port Charges and handling fees of $392 per person are additional and not included in above fares.  SeaDream Yacht Club strongly recommends that all guests purchase travel insurance. Only guests booking through MmMmTravel will have access to all Domaine Carneros events aboard.

 

 

Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger.  Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines.

In the late 1970’s, Claude Taittinger, the president of Champagne Taittinger, proclaimed his faith in the future of American wines and began the search on U.S. soil for a suitable winery site. In 1987, Champagne Taittinger, along with partner Kobrand Corporation, selected a 138 acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, a viticultural appellation they recognized to have the potential to produce world class sparkling wines. Also in 1987, Claude Taittinger selected Eileen Crane to oversee the planning and development of the property, as the winery’s first and only winemaker.

CEO/Founding Winemaker Eileen Crane has been at the helm of Domaine Carneros since the first harvest and continues to oversee and direct winemaking and operational duties.

From the beginning, Domaine Carneros has built a reputation on sparkling wines, in particular our Brut Vintage and luxury cuvée Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs. In addition, in the early years of the winery we sold our Pinot Noir fruit to some of California’s top producers for a number of years. We naturally came to the conclusion that we had something special on our hands for the creation of red wine. Beginning in 1992, we added the production of Pinot Noir to the Domaine Carneros repertoire. Our Pinot Noir is characterized by rich, red fruit flavor, layers of complexity and a velvety finish.

All of our wines bear the Carneros Appellation, with 95% of our fruit coming from estate vineyards. In April 2008, we received organic certification of all Estate vineyards by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

 

Eileen Crane

eileenEileen, Domaine Carneros’ founding winemaker and president is equally at home in the world of food and fine dining. Raised with a keen appreciation for fine wines and haute cuisine, Eileen originally prepared for a culinary career, earning a master’s degree in nutrition followed by professional training at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

After two years of teaching nutrition at the University of Connecticut, Eileen made the decision to turn her passion for wine into a profession, headed west, and enrolled in the U.C. Davis Enology and Viticulture program. Upon completion of her studies, she was hired by Domaine Chandon, where she progressed to the position of assistant winemaker.

The next move for the young winemaker involved a task that most lifelong veterans of the industry never undertake–building a winery. Hired as winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, she was entrusted with the dual responsibilities of overseeing the design and construction of the facility in addition to developing the line of sparkling wines.

It turned out to be an experience that served her well. Selected personally by Claude Taittinger for the position of President/Winemaker of Domaine Carneros, dedicated to producing world-class sparkling wines made in the French tradition from famed Carneros region grapes, Eileen oversaw the planning and development of the beautiful Carneros landmark chateau, vineyards and winemaking facility. In 2003, Eileen directed the planning and construction of Domaine Carneros’ second winemaking facility, dedicated exclusively to the production of Pinot Noir wines.

It is understandable that Taittinger and Eileen Crane have joined forces as they share a common winemaking style. The elegant, delicate, yet intense style for which Taittinger is well respected is what Eileen strives for. No less surprising is the fact that the joint venture is located in Carneros. Carneros and Eileen Crane go together, as do Carneros and sparkling wine.

Carneros is famous for production of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, two key ingredients of a premium sparkling wine. An area blessed with a long, cool growing season, Carneros produces grapes which are particularly fine for sparkling wine as they have greater fruit maturity and produce wines with superb balance and a long finish.

In 1992 Domaine Carneros started producing small quantities of fine Estate Pinot Noir. The wines are appreciated for their great depth, balance and long silky finish. In 2003, Domaine Carneros completed a dedicated Pinot Noir Facility that incorporated the largest solar collection system on any winery in the world.

Eileen Crane is one of a handful of women who are now in the forefront of the wine industry in California. Recently recognized as one of the 75 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times, Eileen is actively involved in numerous wine and civic organizations and is a past president of both the Carneros Quality Alliance and the California Classic Methods/Classic Varieties Society (CM/CV) and currently Chairs the Board of Napa Valley Hospice.

 

Destinations

picture2SeaDream uses the port of Bridgetown as the hub for Southern Caribbean voyages. The island itself includes UNESCO Heritage Sites, excellent beaches and history dating back to 1628. The climate is tropical with constant warm temperatures during the year cooled by light trade winds.

Mayreau is one of SeaDream’s signature Champagne and Caviar Splash destinations in the Grenadines. This particular island is the smallest of the inhabited islands and has two amazing beaches. Generally the team on board will offer guests a hike to Saltwhistle Bay.

Bequia is the northernmost and largest of the Grenadines, just seven square miles of quiet lagoons, reefs, and long silvery stretches of beach. Among the first things you will notice are the colorful model boats set up on stands around the tiny harbor, representing the island’s maritime history. SeaDream yachts anchor at Port Elizabeth and offer guests a scenic Land Adventure as well as sport fishing and a trip to the neighboring island of Mystique.

Sea life, sun, picturesque views, and fine restaurants make up this city in Martinique. The island is a French Territory, and the marinas in Le Marin are frequented by charter yachts and large sailboats. European influence is evident in this city’s architecture and style.

Deshaies is located on the leeward northwest coast of Basse-Terre Island and is secluded in a bay. It is famous for: “The Jardin botanique de Deshaies (Botanical garden of Deshaies)” and its beautiful beaches. Deshaies is a commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles.  The inhabitants are called Deshaisiens.

Saba is the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, which at 887 metres (2,910 ft) is the highest point within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi). Its current towns and major settlements are The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside Town, Hell’s Gate and St. Johns. As the island is part of the Netherlands, Dutch is the official language. Despite the island’s Dutch affiliation, English is the principal language spoken on the island. Saba is home to the Saba University School of Medicine, which was established by American expatriates in coordination with the government of the Netherlands. SeaDream may be the only commercial vessel that calls to this unique island. Scuba Diving is said to be the best in the Caribbean. Guests will be offered an incredible hike as well as a scenic overview of the island.

Gustavia is perhaps one of the most treasured destinations in the Caribbean! This small island belonging to the French West Indies has so much to offer. Incredible shopping is only steps away from the pier. Incredible beaches, resorts, restaurants and activities abound both day and night. SeaDream has created various land adventures for you to discover the island from sea or land. Ask one of the officers to take you on a hike or bike ride around the island. Another great activity here is to simply relax and watch all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing.

Charlotte Amalie is the capital and largest city in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has two ports of call for cruise vessels, Havensight and Crown Bay. SeaDream yachts are almost always docked at Crown Bay which is very close to the airport.  The island has loads of history, beautiful beaches a fantastic golf course and incredible shopping options.

 

SeaDream II

Only a maximum of 112 guests are pampered by an award-winning crew of 95. SeaDream’s award-winning 5-star service is second to none. From the moment you are welcomed aboard by the Captain it feels as if you are being welcomed onto your own private luxury yacht. With only a maximum of 112 pampered guests and an award-winning crew of 95, the crew to guest ratio provides each guest with SeaDream’s incomparable style and attention to detail. The service aboard either of SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts is comfortably transparent, like the way the bartender knows your name and what you would like to drink, or how the waiter knows how to surprise you with your favorite dessert.

What’s included with your fare?

  • Ocean view staterooms – featuring flat screen television, CD/DVD player, iPod® docking station, mini bar, multiple head shower unit, Bvlgari® bath amenities, personalized stationery, exclusive Belgian linens and plush terry bathrobes.
  • All gourmet meals – served open seating in our Dining Salon or Al Fresco at the Outdoor Topside Restaurant
  • 24 hour room service from the “Small Bites” menu
  • Gratuities
  • Open Bar with selected premium brands
  • Daily selection of wines to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Water “toys” from the yacht’s marina including wave runners, glass bottom kayaks, Hobie cats®, snorkel gear, water skiing, wake boards, swim platform, banana boat and floating island.
  • Mountain bikes for shore side exploration
  • State of the art Golf Simulator with 30 signature golf courses
  • Activities with the crew (shore side casuals) – bike, hike, kayak, and snorkel with one of the crew or go shopping with the Chef
  • Full library with over 1,200 hardback books
  • Extensive CD and DVD library
  • Laptop computers for use while onboard
  • High powered binoculars on deck for our guests’ viewing pleasure
  • Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Sauna/steam room
  • Fitness Center with ocean view featuring treadmills, recumbent bikes with flat screen TV’s and DVD players, free weights, daily Yoga and Tai Chi classes
  • Balinese Dream Beds with elevated view of the sea
  • Special movies shown both in the Main Salon and under the stars by the pool
  • Piano Bar
  • Wii®

 
 

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