Say bon voyage to booze cruises. The latest trend in cruising is taking on an entirely different tone. If you’re looking to replace the typical all you can eat buffets and sugary, umbrella drinks, with fresh culinary creations, spa pampering, and yoga classes, we have just the vacation for you. The luxury liner, SeaDream I, recently announced its 13-day Hygge themed transatlantic voyage from April 14-27.
What is Hygge you ask? Imagine sitting by a cozy fire amid a backdrop of breathtaking mountains met by the sparkling sea as you share fine wine and conversation with your closest friends. That’s Hygge. Steaming from Norwegian and Danish roots, Hygge is a quality of comfort and coziness leading to contentment. And the Danes should know, after all, Denmark ranks among one of the happiest countries in the world.
If you’re ready to jump on board, the boutique yacht, with only 112 guests (remember cozy), sets sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Journeying on to Malaga, Spain the SeaDream I visits ports in the British Virgin Islands, Funchal and Madeira along the way. On board guests will enjoy all the luxury amenities the ship is known for; 5-star dining, a distinctive wine collection, accommodating staff, and the only Thai certified spa at sea.
With the concept of food engaging emotions and creating memories, renowned chefs share their favorite Hygge creations such as Hygge chocolate petit fours. Spend an afternoon curled up with your favorite book as you sip afternoon tea and indulge in a selection of freshly baked pastries. And then there is the wine. Master of Wine, Clonal Gregory will personally select vintage wines and cognacs from the Sea Dream’s Dream Cellar ensuring a perfectly paired epicurean adventure.
Aside from the dining delights, what wellness cruise would be complete without rejuvenating spa treatments? From sunrise yoga and tai chi sessions to soothing open-air massages, relax and restore your body with a holistic approach. But, don’t be disillusioned into thinking that wellness excludes looking good. The beauty spa uses Sisley Paris products as well as other high-end brands for luxury beauty treatments. Feeling good on the inside should reflect on the outside.
And if at the end of the day, you’ve reached your wellness quota – if there is such a thing – there are plenty of exciting shore excursions and on-board actives from solving a thrilling mystery at sea to flower arranging and fruit carving classes.
Return from your voyage feeling restored and rejuvenated, and instead of bringing home a tacky tourist tee, you’ll carry with you the Hygge spirit.