Passengers who board the Sea Cloud are told they are boarding a legendary ship; and indeed they are! Fans of sailboats are usually attracted to cruising with Sea Cloud. This classic yacht first debuted in the 1930s and has maintained its three masts, which tower as high as a 20-story building. At the time it was built, the ship was the biggest private yacht owned by E.F. Hutton and his wife Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress to the successful American cereal company. Today, the Sea Cloud is a certified glamorous windjammer gliding through the sea with its very recognizable three masts and white sails.
Because it was built as a form of stately residence, Sea Cloud is both elegant and comfortable. Measuring 360 feet, Sea Cloud offers ample space especially in public areas on the top deck. Relax in one of the deck chairs and watch the crew members as they admiringly set the ship’s 30 sails. To complete the vintage look of the ship, the decks are made of hardwood material like teak and mahogany. The sun loungers on boards are of the wooden “steamer” style.
After it was bought by avid German yachtsmen, the ship underwent some refurbishing especially in terms of accommodation. However, the cabins have kept their nice antique mahogany furniture, oil paintings and carved oak paneling, detailed ceilings and parquet flooring. Equipped with 28 staterooms and the two original suites of the owners, Sea Cloud can cater to 58 guests. The staterooms are in different sizes and configurations because the ship was originally built as a private yacht. If you like space and style, consider booking one of the suites, which are part of the original accommodation on board. Aside from providing more space, the suites also come with a fireplace, original Chippendale furniture, French canopy bed and a marble bath.
Though the décor of Sea Cloud is made to be elegant, the atmosphere onboard is less formal. You can usually wear shorts and relax on the lounge chairs during the day. In the evenings, smart casual attire for dinner is usually acceptable. The only time that you really need to dress more formally is during the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Dinner. Sea Cloud gives you the feeling that you are truly on a sail boat, the sailors who climbed the rigging even sing seafaring songs on the last night of the cruise.
Sea Cloud’s shipboard services and dining experience promise to be top class. Meals are served at the restaurant on the promenade deck, next to a cozy lounge. Like a private yacht, the tables are typically long and there are no fixed seating places. On a nice day, you can have your lunch on the lido deck, which also houses the lido bar.
Medical services on the ship are offered with no additional charge. For most of the year, this ship sails the Caribbean region as well as the European and Mediterranean waters. Unlike other more modern tall ships, the rigging is off limits to passenger as they are older and have a different design and structure. One of the highlight facilities on board is the “Blue Lagoon”, situated at the stern of the boat. This is the perfect place to relax in the evening and get a full view of the wide night sky.
The original Sea Cloud and newer Sea Cloud II, provide a very romantic adventure with the spirit of yesteryear sailing along with you. Read the rich history of Sea Cloud and you will want to be on board immediately.
Don’t worry if there is no wind. Even though the vessel run mainly on sail, the original engine room remains intact just in case it’s needed.