Thursday, 04 August 2011

From the World Horticultural Expo through the Vienna Secession to a golf package: SEA CLOUD CRUISES offers a unique travel experience for discerning guests.

SEA CLOUD CRUISES, the Hamburg specialist in high-quality yacht cruises, now presents its 2012 programme. For the first time the newly formatted main catalogue contains the cruise calendar of all three yachts: SEA CLOUD, SEA CLOUD II and RIVER CLOUD II. With unusual themed cruises for art, music and garden aficionados as well as cycling and golf packages for sports enthusiasts, SEA CLOUD CRUISES again offers a wide selection of possible experiences in the coming year.

River yachting on the RIVER CLOUD II
In 2012 the RIVER CLOUD II is sailing to fascinating metropolises and idyllic landscapes. In April the river yacht is starting the season in Belgium and the Netherlands, where in 2012 the “Floriade”, which only takes place once every ten years, guarantees vibrant vistas. After cruises on the Rhine, Moselle and Main, in July the RIVER CLOUD II will glide down the Danube to the Danube Delta, the largest coherent reed area in the world and home to 1000 plant and 4000 animal species.

Special cruise dates on the RIVER CLOUD II are, for example:

RIVER CLOUD II: Garden cruise to the World Horticultural Expo "Floriade" with landscape gardener Antonius Bösterling
Special features: Exclusive visit to "Floriade 2012" in Venlo / Master florists will demonstrate trends in floral art on board / "Formal Renaissance gardens in the Dutch style of 17th century" in Amsterdam to "Baroque gardens" in Strasbourg / Staudengärtnerei Gräfin von Zeppelin in Markgräflerland
Dates: Amsterdam - Basle, 17 to 24 May 2012 / 8 days from € 1,745 per person

RIVER CLOUD II: Culinary cruise with starred chef Harald Rüssel and wine connoisseur Ingo Swoboda
Special features: Harald Rüssel reveals the secrets of his culinary art and creates a gala menu on board / Exclusive wine-tasting in an unusual culinary accompaniment to extraordinary places / The up-and-coming talents of the Jeunes Restaurateurs Deutschland academy create a gala menu on board / Cheese tasting with the famous affineur René Tourrette
Dates: Bernkastel - Basle, 1 to 9 June 2012 / 9 days from € 1,995 p.p.

RIVER CLOUD II: Art cruise on 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with art connoisseur Frank Köck
Special features: Excursions on the trail of the Vienna Secession / Exclusive tour of the Otto Wagner Villa in Vienna / Exclusive visit to the Egon Schiele Museum in Tulln / Painting courses with the artist Ulla Schmidt-Pesch
Dates: Budapest - Passau, 19 to 26 July 2012 / 8 days from € 1,745 p.p.

RIVER CLOUD II: Music cruise on 150th birthday of Claude Debussy
Special features: Two concerts on board by pianist Yannael Quenel / Private reception and concert with Princess Heide von Hohenzollern at Burg Namedy / Organ concert at the Gothic cathedral inAntwerp / Visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum with its substantial collection of Impressionist works
Dates: Coblenz - Amsterdam, 27 October to 3 November 2012 / 8 days from € 1,745 p.p.

 

Yachting on the high seas with the SEA CLOUD and SEA CLOUD II windjammers
Both windjammers are spending the coming winter in the Lesser Antilles and the Grenadines, Cuba, Costa Rica and Panama. In January 2012 the SEA CLOUD II will cross the Panama Canal and discover the waters of the Pacific for itself. In spring 2012 the SEA CLOUD II will first head for the Azores and Madeira before sailing into the western and eastern Mediterranean, followed by the Adriatic and the Aegean.

Special cruise dates on the SEA CLOUD II include, for example:

SEA CLOUD II: Three weeks away from it all
Special features: Klaus Liedtke, for many years editor in chief of National Geographic, recalls his global research on the transatlantic cruise / a masseur will accompany the cruise
Dates: Las Palmas - Antigua, 19 November to 5 December 2011 / 17 days from € 3,995 p.p.

SEA CLOUD II: The Panama Canal and National Parks in Costa Rica
Special features: Cruise down the Panama Canal, one of the world's most spectacular routes / Boat trip through mangrove forests / Cross the treetops of tropical rain forests at dizzying heights
Dates: Puerto Limón (San José) - Puerto Caldera, 4 to 16 January 2012 / 13 days from € 2,835 p.p.

SEA CLOUD II: Resplendent garden landscapes of the Azores
Special features: Excursion programme with the focus on "Gardens and National Parks" / Accompanied by Dr. Janet Cubey and her husband, Wolfgang Bopp, who are both passionate garden experts / Jeep tour to crater lakes
Dates: Ponta Delgada - Ponta Delgada, 11 to 18 April 2012 / 8 days from € 2,445 p.p.

SEA CLOUD II: Taster trips around the most beautiful coasts of the Mediterranean
Special features: Experience the good old days of merchant shipping on board / At the same time enjoy the pleasures of life on a 5-star cruise liner / Get to know beautiful coastal cities such as Lisbon, Nice and Monte Carlo and their beaches
Dates: Madeira - Lisbon, 25 to 29 April 2012 / 5 days from € 995 p.p.; Nice - Nice, 9 to 12 May 2012 / 4 days from € 1,195 p.p. and Civitavecchia - Monte Carlo, 28 August to 1 September 2012 / 5 days from € 1,595 p.p.

 

SEA CLOUD: A newly resplendent legend
The SEA CLOUD has undergone six months of rejuvenation in a Bremerhaven shipyard on her 80th birthday and is now setting sail for new waters in youthful freshness. Like her younger sister SEA CLOUD II, in 2012 she is spending the summer months in the Adriatic and the Aegean before she sails into the Atlantic and on to the Canary Islands via the western Mediterranean.

Special cruise dates on the SEA CLOUD include, for example:

SEA CLOUD: To the Lesser Antilles instead of the Red Sea
Special features: Let the wind blow away the cobwebs of daily life / Relax in idyllic anchorage spots denied to large ships / Forget the German winter at colourful beach bars
Dates: Bridgetown/Barbados - St. John's/Antigua, 12 to 22 January 2012 / 11 days from € 3,485 p.p.

SEA CLOUD: Rediscover Sicily
Special features: Including sight-seeing tour of the Sicilian capital Palermo with heavily ornate Art Nouveau houses and the Palatine Chapel / Visit to the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage site / Ancient excavation sites dating back to the time of the Greek colonies / Excursion to Mount Etna, Europe's greatest volcano
Dates: Malta - Malta, 17 to 24 August 2012 / 8 days from € 2,795 p.p.

SEA CLOUD: Golf Cup 2012
Special features: Sail away from November grey / Drop anchor where splendid greens await a tee-off - in Valencia, Cartagena and Motril / Golf package with golf pros and green fees for all three courses / 3 matches
Dates: Mallorca - Cadiz, 27 October to 3 November 2012 / 8 days from € 2,445 p.p. plus golf package € 695 p.p.

SEA CLOUD: When the wind decides the route
Special features: Three entire days at sea to make sailing enthusiasts' hearts leap for joy / Madeira island cruise with port wine tasting / Excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site "Garajonay National Park on La Gomera
Dates: Cadiz - Las Palmas, 3 to 11 November 2012 / 9 days from € 2,075 p.p.

 

Clear price structure and attractive offers for early bookings and passengers travelling alone
SEA CLOUD CRUISES attaches importance to a clear, reliable price structure. Full board, top-quality table wines and soft drinks are just as much a part of the package as the bottle of SEA CLOUD champagne in your cabin to welcome you and the captain's champagne reception. Those who make their travel plans in good time can benefit from an attractive early booking saving of up to € 450 per person. Individual cabins with an especially low surcharge are available for those travelling alone. This applies to selected departures of both the windjammers and all RIVER CLOUD II cruises. In addition, the excursions ashore are included in many cruises in 2012.

 

SEA CLOUD CRUISE has been a blue-chip cruise operator since 1979. The ships have been awarded five stars for many years by Berlitz Cruise Guide, most recently in September 2010. The 80-year-old four-masted bark SEA CLOUD with its high quality standard serves as the model for all other passenger ships that are part of the operator´s fleet. For more information or bookings, ask your travel agent or SEA CLOUD CRUISES GmbH, An der Alster 9, 20099 Hamburg, Germany, Phone +49 40 3095 9250, Fax +49 40 3095 9222 or visit www.seacloud.com.