With an imposing bowsprit, no less than 23 sails and a trio of masts that soar the height of a 15-story building, Sea Cloud Cruises’ 94-guest Sea Cloud II is no ordinary cruise ship.
The ultra-luxe, 384-foot barque was built in 2001 with rigging that is handled by crew members versus the electronically controlled rigging of other sail-assisted cruise ships. In addition to the sails, the Sea Cloud II also has diesel engines that enable the ship to stick to regularly scheduled itineraries.
A worthy fleetmate to the legendary Sea Cloud, which was built in 1931 as a private yacht for cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Sea Cloud II boasts 1930s-themed interiors that are infused with warm wood tones, brass, etched glass and period-style fittings.
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Instead of modern shipboard distractions, Sea Cloud II has a traditional library with windows that overlook the bow, a lounge that can accommodate all guests, an awning-covered Lido Bar and a cushioned deck area called the Blue Lagoon, where the pastime is gazing up at the sails.
The ship also has an open-seating restaurant, a small spa, a fitness room and a platform that allows guests to board zodiacs or, conditions permitting, take a refreshing swim in the sea.
Accommodations range from comfortable ocean view staterooms with twin portholes to a pair of deluxe Owner’s Suites with brass-trimmed windows and large bathrooms with a separate tub and shower. All of the ship’s staterooms feature marble-trimmed bathrooms with gold-plated fixtures.
The Sea Cloud II caters to a mix of English- and German-speaking guests and cruises throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Along with the historic Sea Cloud, it will be joined in 2020 by the similar but larger Sea Cloud Spirit, which is currently under construction in Spain.
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