23 August 2010

SeaDream II, 24 May 2009

SeaDream II

IMO number 8203440
Previous names: Sea Goddess II, Seabourn Goddess II
Built 1985, Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
Tonnage 4 333 GT
Length 104,81 m
Width 14,60 m
Draft 4,17 m
108 passengers
2 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 3 540 kW
2 propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 15 knots

SeaDream II is a five-star yacht-like luxury cruise ship operated by SeaDream Yacht Club. She was built in 1985 in Helsinki for the new-fangled Sea Goddess Cruises as Sea Goddess II. Sea Goddess Cruises were not a success, and in 1986 the Sea Goddess II and her sister Sea Goddess I were chartered to Cunard Line who took them under the Cunard banner but retained the original names. Following the sale of Cunard to the Carnival Corporation in 1998 the Sea Goddesses were transferred to Carnival's Seabourn Cruise Line brand as Seaborn Goddess I and Seabourn Goddess II, respectively. In 2001 Seabourn decided to give up the Goddesses, which were sold to the new SeaDream Yacht Club, which ironically is owned by the same person who originally founded Seabourn Cruise Line. With SeaDream the ships were named SeaDream I and SeaDream II. They remain two of the world's most highly-regarded cruise ships to this date. In the 2008 edition of Complete Guide to Cruising they shared the number two spot on the list of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, second only to Hapag-Lloyd's Europa.

SeaDream II at Monte Carlo roads on 24 May 2009, photographed from onboard MSC Sinfonia. Click on the image to view full size.

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