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NATHALIE'S YACHT PORTRAIT *
A Legend under white sails
She anchors off the best places around the globe and has a fascinating charm that no one can resist..... good old Sea Cloud, the largest and loveliest sailing vessel in the world. I would like to invite you on board to join me for an unforgettable sailing trip.....
And there she is, gracefully floating next to the pier like a white swan - one of the last four-master sailing vessels in the world. When Captain Cassidy gives the order to set sail, the crew climb 50 metres up and the first sails start to billow, then the superlative sailing experience begins under 3000 square metres of white sail. It is an incomparable feeling to set sail with the Sea Cloud. Pulling away from the harbour, she gently carries us off to the most magnificent places in the world! In the summer she cruises in the Mediterranean , in the winter she sails straight across the Caribbean. For one week my team and I experience awe-inspiring landscapes, dream beaches, sun, sea and fascinating foreign cultures.
Naturally, you can spend the time just enjoying the fact that there is nothing that has to be done. However, we want some action and have been practising our clay-pigeon shooting since we left Antigua. The four-master, the work of the German shipbuilders, Kieler Werft , is still a symbol of incomparable luxury and has had an exciting past. It has always been the meeting place of millionaires, crowned heads of state and diplomats. In its time, however, the Sea Cloud has also been the state yacht of a dictator, the boat, a corrupt president and his family used to flee their country and a swimming amusement palace for Hollywood stars.
Cabin no. 2 was once the private chamber of Edward Hutton, a wealthy grandseigneur who had this, the largest and most beautiful private yacht there is, built for his wife, Majorie Post Hutton - with gold fittings in the bathroom, wood-panelled saloons and luxury suites - as here in Majorie's gorgeous cabin no.1 which can be rented for 7000 dollars. Marjorie Post Hutton, the American millionaire heiress of Postham Cereal Company fitted her yacht, which used to be called “Hussar”, with every conceivable luxury, turning the sailing vessel into a legend under white sails even during her own life time.
Today, the Sea Cloud, is a cruiser with the format of a top hotel. 67 passengers experience with us a first-class Caribbean tour. From Antigua, our course takes us south to St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Dominica - not far from the island of . After the excursions on land, the table is laid - five gourmet meals are served each day, anybody on a diet has come to the wrong place.
In keeping with the Caribbean temperatures, the dress code on board is casual. It is only for the Captain's reception that one is expected to dress up a bit. I am taking my place at Captain Cassidy's table and listen to his anecdotes - of the unusual passenger's the vessel has carried and the innumerable voyages that this yacht has already made.
And when, after an interesting day, the last rays of sunshine disappear over the glittering Caribbean horizon, when the melodious sound of the piano and the clinking Champagne glasses gently float away across the water, then
we sit back on deck and realise our dreams have come true.
SEA CLOUD CRUISES
Ballindamm 17; D - 20095 Hamburg
T: +49 - (0)40 - 30 95 92 -0; F: +49 - (0)40 - 30 95 92 22
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* This special feature "Sea Cloud Yacht" has been one of more than 300 Portraits, produced by Nathalie Gütermann for her TV-Shows 'Nathalie's Lifestyle' and 'Nathalie's Art of Living' that were broadcasted between 1990 - 2003 in Germany and in 15 countries world-wide. The content has been updated with actual information in 2004 for Nathalies-Lifestyle.com © 1990 - 2004. The reproduction or other use of any text, photographs, etc. needs the prior written permission of the Chief Publisher.