For the first time the former Portuguese enclave of Macau will be a port of call for luxury cruise ship SeaDream II.
Petite by today’s standards and rated world’s number 1 in the boutique category by the respected Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, this lavish 4300-tonne mega yacht will make the historic visit in March 2014 during her 13-day Asian voyage.
Macau was chosen as an overnight port for its fascinating Portuguese-infused characteristics and the fact that it was easily accessible by a ship of the SeaDream II’s compact measurements, which are identical to sister ship SeaDream I.
Like on many other cruise programs she is able to reach such interesting ports as Macau normally bypassed by larger cruise ships.
“To have a cruise ship of SeaDream II’s calibre call on Macau speaks volumes for the appeal of city as a genuine port of call, perhaps for future small cruise ships to visit,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macau Government Tourist Office.
“Macau’s mix of east-meets-west, old-meets-new features makes for a fascinating visit for the cruise ship passengers,” she said.
“To sample and see elements of Portugal in the midst of Asia makes for a unique experience, very different from the other ports on this cruise.
“It will be our aim to ensure those who visit return to spend more time in what is a very special part of Asia.”
The SeaDream II Asian voyage begins in Bangkok on March 2 with calls on Ko Chang/Ko Kut in Thailand, Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam for an overnight stay, Nha Trang also in Vietnam, Sanya on China’s Hainan Island, Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Macau, ending in Hong Kong.
The ship will also have three days at sea, during which time guests will be able to enjoy the complimentary 30-course golf simulator and fitness centre, extensive library and the Thai Spa.
SeaDream includes five-star dining, nightly pre-dinner cocktails, wines with lunch and dinner, gratuities, and port charges and taxes.
The ship is rated world’s number 1 in the boutique category by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships for its relaxing and casual ambience.