Life Aboard

An incomparable mix of elegance & informality


The historic tall ship Sea Cloud belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton in the 1930s and retains the charm and elegance of that golden age. Polished brass capstans and portholes gleam, teak decks glow, and interiors are fitted with Italian marble and paneled in carved oak. Enjoy the grace and class of an extraordinarily elegant ship—as you also enjoy the casual attitude and informal style of expedition travel.

Relive the golden age of sail—in shorts & deck shoes
There’s no need to dress up ever; while the ship’s dining room and lounge are suitable for black-tie formality, you’ll find a certain lighthearted delight in enjoying it in casual dress. There’s no assigned seating in the dining room; in fact many tables accommodate uneven numbers. This makes for easy mingling and the fun of sharing breakfast, lunch, or dinner with different new friends, or staff. And independent travelers can count on a welcome everywhere they turn. We invite you to freely roam the ship, discovering the nooks and crannies. And you’re always welcome on the bridge to watch the calm business of ship navigation unfold.

Sociable deck spaces and places to relax
The open and inviting deck areas are natural gathering places, perfect for watching the orchestration of hand-raising and reefing Sea Cloud’s 30 sails. Marjorie Merriweather Post nicknamed the cushioned semicircle at the stern of the ship where you can gaze up at the masts and sails, hearing the splash of the wake behind you, “The Blue Lagoon.” The Monkey Deck above the bridge gives you the sensation of going aloft and working the riggings, surrounded by sails. And an expansive foredeck set in front of the bridge provides a space to watch the foremast and bowsprit activity while under sail.

The lido deck serves as the social hub of the ship, overseen by the attentive barman. Lunches and occasional dinners are served alfresco. And it’s where the expedition community gathers for lectures and presentations.

Excellent food
Our chefs use fresh ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. By adding Caribbean ingredients and flavors to a menu that also includes traditional favorites, we aim to give you a greater sense of the cuisine and culture in the region we’re exploring. An array of fresh fruits and delicious fresh juices are key components of the breakfast buffet. Wine is included at lunch and dinner. There are fish or meat choices at every meal, and our chef will happily accommodate vegan or other special diet requests.

The personal ahhhhh factor
You’ll find much more information in the Our Fleet section, but suffice it to say that your cabin will be an inviting place to end your active day. The original owner’s cabins are fitted with marble fireplaces and gold-plated fixtures. And all cabins are modern, stylish, and comfortable.

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