Caviar and Champagne Voyage
Trust SeaDream to save the best until last
It was the last day of what had been a caviar and champagne voyage from start to finish.
But the ‘Chef’s Walk’ in Sorrento turned out to be the most interesting and informative day lasting almost six hours from the time we trundled down the gangway to being ferried in a hazy state back to the ship.
The day of indulgence began mid-morning at Sorrento’s renowned limoncello shop where one sample of the renowned Italian lemon liqueur led to another, putting most of the 30-40 passengers in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Next stop was just across the street for a tasting at a small fruit and vegetable market where everyone raved about the massive tomatoes – grown at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. The nectarines, white peaches and different types of grapes were all devoured – even after a full breakfast aboard ship.
After sampling Italian cheeses, bread, cold cuts and a variety of marinated pickles, it was off to the best coffee shop in town for a strong expresso or cappuccino washed down with Italian biscotti. From the coffee shop, the gelataria beckoned for a tasting of countless gelatos, sorbets and frozen yoghurts.
Thinking that was the end of the chef’s walk, some passengers couldn’t wait to give their wallets a shopping spree hit. But for those who stayed put, our corporate chef - Sudesh Kishore - had other ideas.
For a chosen few, Sudesh then invited us for even more food - this time for lunch at one of Sorrento’s renowned pizzerias, which has a choice of 50 mouth-watering pizzas and a la carte dishes. The food and wine flowed well into the afternoon.
The ‘Chef’s Walk’ is free – and one of the favourite offshore jaunts for many of SeaDream’s loyal and repeat passengers who sail on the elegant twin mega-yachts year after year to cruise the Mediterranean or Caribbean – or both.
It’s the ‘family’ atmosphere on board with only a maximum of 112 passengers and top-notchan award-winning crew of 95.
At just 4300 tonnes, it’s not the size that matters for the pampered guests – it’s the ‘family’ atmosphere on board, with only a maximum of 112 passengers occupying 56 ocean-view staterooms. “It’s yachting – not cruising. There is a difference. We like eating outside, not inside,” explained Captain Bjarne Smorawski.
Add top-notch service from 95 award-winning crew and exquisite cuisine that could grace some of the world’s fine dining restaurants – and it’s easy to see why the two yachts - as SeaDream Yacht Club prefers them to be known – attract so many repeat guests. These include two from the UK who have clocked up 29 and 25 sailings respectively, while a person from the US fills the third spot, sailing 24 times. The most regular Australian guest has been on board nine times.