Sudesh Kishore, President of SeaDream Yatch Club
The new year holds many surprises for us but there is one that promises to make travelling by sea a luxurious affair. The SeaDream Yatch Club is all set to launch its twin mega-yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II. “Passage of the Far East” will depart Athens, travel through the Suez Canal, before making its debut in the Indian seas. We spoke to Sudesh Kishore, President and Corporate Chef of the club.
Excerpts from the interview.
How is yachting different from cruising?
Yachting is a relaxed, yet luxurious experience. The 56 stateroom twin yachts come with the promise of elegant informality, state-of-the-art facilities, personalised services, ocean view accommodations and a luxury spa. Given that it accommodates 112 guests on each ship, there are no crowds on board. You’re free to dress casually. And most importantly, you have the luxury to stop at small intimate ports that larger ships would not allow you to.
What does the cruise season have in store?
Guests can sail along the mighty Mediterranean or yacht the Asian waters. From Algarve to the Aegean, Nice to North Africa, there are many colourful and contrasting ports to be discovered. Combine the timeless attractions of Venice, villages of the Amalfi coast and the walled city of Dubrovnik. You can even visit Portoferraio, Napoleon’s home while in exile and Korcula, Marco Polo’s birthplace off the Dalmatian Coast. You can experience the ancient culture of two different civilizations at one time.
Cruise along the Mediterranean with the Sea Dream II
What do you recommend?
We’re offering about 18 packages, so it’s very difficult to pick one voyage in particular. However, the SeaDream voyage from Mumbai to Singapore will give the Indian travelers a chance to discover their own backyard. We’re venturing out to Asia and Costa Rica for the first time. Those seeking other options must look at the Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Caribbean.
Can the packages be customised?
We aim at catering to the Indian traveler who is now a global citizen. Our packages are customised to suit everbody’s taste – whether you are a golfer, a racing enthusiast, a nature lover or a food and wine person. For our Club Members who plan their next holiday with us while on board, we have special offerings. While most voyages are 5 to 20 days long, they may be combined with other voyages for a lengthier holiday. We offer both sea and land experiences. Shore excursions can, of course, be tailor-made.
What are the culinary delights in store?
The purpose of food is to make you happy. But it must also enlighten the mind and soul. What sets us apart from other restaurants across the world is the fact that we offer ‘Confluence Cuisine’. It is a blend of French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, South Asian and American food. Such a confluence can be found in a single dish or a presentation like that of the grilled rock lobster topped with a sweet chili and coconut sauce. It is essentially an American styled-grilled lobster with an Asian perspective. We also offer healthy options in the form of raw food.
What does the Indian stopover entail?
We will be arriving in Mumbai towards the end of October 2013, and will proceed to Goa, Kochi and Port Blair thereon. SeaDream will showcase its exclusive standard of cuisine and service to a select audience of elite Indians, the upper crust and the travel and media fraternity.
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