"Sea Dream I"

Sea Dream I…”Its Yachting, not Cruising”

“It’s Yachting, not Cruising”.  Can you imagine 112 guests being pampered by 95 crew members?  Sea Dream Yacht Club provides a special way to see the world.  Able to duck into the smallest of ports, guests enjoy luxurious accommodations and cuisine, delicious wines, incredible excursions, and even a caviar experience in the warm waters of the ocean.

My clients came to me several years ago with a desire to get away for a week, but unsure of the destination.  The stress of caring for their son, a special needs adult, means that vacations generally need to be brief.  The 7 night Caribbean cruise with Sea Dream was the perfect antidote for them, and they fell in love with the experience.

In May of 2012 they embarked on another amazing voyage with Sea Dream aboard the Sea Dream I from Nice to Monte Carlo.  Active Travel Pro didn’t just say “bon voyage”, however!  Using the five star services of Sophia’s Travel, the adventure began with a private meet-and greet at the airport in Nice, complete with a tour of the beautiful Riviera hill towns such as Lorgues.    And Moustier Saint Marie is one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for being the city of earthenware and the monastery up the cliff, Notre Dame de Beauvoir of the 13th century.

Le Verdon Gorge is gorgeous (no pun intended!), and it is possible to stop at a winery for a taste of the wine and olive oils of the region.    The Chateau de Berne hotel was incredible…and we were able to choose their room in advance!  We arranged a dinner the first evening, and a cooking class followed by lunch the next day.  A visit to the wine cellars in late afternoon was truly a treat.   The two night stay here was one of the highlights of their trip!

"Cinque Terre"

Cinque Terre, Italy

A private transfer by the same gentleman whisked them to the pier after a special breakfast, and on board the yacht we were able to arrange a seat at the Grand Prix in Monaco!  Joe and Sue love to arrange excursions with the yacht, as it is great fun to share port experiences with fellow guests.  Cinque Terre on the Italian coastline was a highlight for them.As always, my clients enjoy the complete electronic travel guides I share with them, a detailed itinerary, and those extra special surprises I offer.  Your preferences for welcome gifts are noted (red, white, bubbly), and I assist with dinner reservations, enriching excursions, or a confirmation of your preferred bedding type and room location.

On this particular trip, my clients were delayed in flight and shuffled to a coach location instead of the first class seats booked (we saved them hundreds of dollars on first class seats with Delta Vacations), so I handled the contact of limo driver and hotel, and also the follow-up contact with the airlines in request of a refund.  The travel insurance was in place, and resolution found.  Another Active Travel Pro success story is complete.

Bobbie Rae Murphy

Active Travel Pro