Last week, I was hanging out on SeaDream Yacht Club's messageboards on Cruise Critic and someone mentioned the Sea Cloud cruise line. I think I had heard of Sea Cloud before, but never really explored it. Since I have loads of time on my hands and enjoy luxury cruising on small ships, I thought I'd take a look.
When you sail with Sea Cloud, you're actually sailing. Both of these vessels have masts and actual sails on them, making them very unique in the cruising world. The original Sea Cloud has a long and celebrated history dating from 1931, while Sea Cloud II is a much younger and more modern ship built in 2001.
I requested information from Sea Cloud cruises, which is based in Hamburg. I just received a package special delivery. I was expecting an envelope with a brochure that maybe included a DVD or something. What I received what a box of stuff. And it's all in German!
My German skills are still evolving, so it may be hard to understand all of this... I may have to use Google Translate. Fortunately, I can look at their Web site, which does offer English translation.
From what I can see, it looks like a lovely, albeit expensive, vacation possibility. It's also not all inclusive, though beer and wine is included at lunch and dinner. Of course, if I'm going to be spending four or five figures on a cruise, I prefer not to have to worry about signing chits. On the other hand, it looks like this line would offer a very unique and exciting experience. I have heard that onboard, both German and English are spoken.
Sea Cloud also gets very good reviews, both from the professional reviewer and regular folks who have sailed with them. I may have to get Bill to check this out with me and see what he thinks...
For now, I think I will just be tickled by the box of information they sent me and the opportunity to practice my German as I plow through it. I see on Cruise Critic, Sea Cloud is sometimes chartered by Lindblad cruises, too.