By Dian Hasan | July 21, 2010
Few people realize that Bali’s immense popularity as a world travel destination has made it into a cruise center, from where cruises carrying divers and surfers ply the oceans east of Bali to explore Lesser Sunda Islands of Sumba, Sumbawa, Flores, West Timor and further afield. The leading attraction in these waters is of course the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) giant monitor lizard that inhabits the island that forms the Komodo National Park.
Bali’s cruise industry is mostly made up of the smaller, human-scale live-aboard ships fashioned from the traditional Phinisi schooners and converted into modern ocean-plying sail boats.
Until recently, however, most of these majestic Phinisi were better looking on the outside, and the interior was reduced to an afterthought. It was all rustic and traditional, not that much different from the ambience found in the fishing villages where the Bugis crafted Phinisis.
Luckily, some forward-thinking liveaboard operators, understood that the market was looking for something better. Something with an umph! Hence, designers were commissioned, some style quotient got kicked in, and voila!… a new crop of luxury phinisi emerges. Seven Seas is a clear precursor.
Seven Seas is a 33-meter, purposely-built traditional Indonesian schooner that is paving way for a new standard of charter cruise luxury in Indonesia. Custom-designed to comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort in 8 state rooms with en-suite bathrooms, she is perfect for cruising, island hopping, diving and relaxation. The galley is fitted with the latest in culinary kits and the Seven Seas features the latest diving and safety equipment, 3 speed boats and satellite communication, all of which means that we can sail where we want in comfort and in confidence.
The Seven Seas is spectacular yacht built from the finest Indonesian ironwood. Beautiful and functional teak furniture in the main lounge and cabins, and multiple shaded lounging areas on the upper deck ensure an extremely comfortable cruise.
The Seven Seas has twin masts that are rigged with 7 sails in the traditional Buginese Phinisi style. In a stiff breeze she sails with a maximum speed of 5 knots. Alternatively, the 450hp diesel engine ensures she makes her destination, cruising at a comfortable 7 to 9 knots, depending on currents and weather. The Seven Seas is based in Bali, Indonesia, and is fully insured for hull and passengers. Cruise itineraries are possible throughout Indonesia, focusing mostly on the stunning islands and coral reefs of the East.
The western cruise directors share their knowledge of marine life and the local area as well as guiding you to the best dive sites. The rooms, main dining room, and deck areas are all wonderfully arranged. This ship and its operations are run by a wonderful Indonesian crew of 14 plus 1 or 2 Western Cruise Directors, all of whom are very experienced, well trained, professional, attentive and safety conscious.
SEVEN SEAS offers exquisite cruising and diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing, beach parties and relaxation as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy onboard spa treatments on a high quality adventure yacht, in the company of a welcoming and professional crew.
The Seven Seas is able to accommodate up to 16 guests in four double & four twin state rooms. All bedrooms are finished to a high standard and come with king size beds in the doubles and large single beds in the twins. The en-suite bathrooms have powerful hot and cold water showers, hot and cold water wash basins, full sized WC and hairdryer. The main lounge and inside dining areas is fully air-conditioned but all windows can be fully opened to let the breeze through, which is usually the nicest experience. Two double cabins are situated on the upper deck, commanding panoramic views from the windows. A shaded lounging area aft on the upper deck, as well as shaded lounge beds in front of the wheelhouse are great areas for sunsets and cocktails. The spacious dive deck, multiple compressors, fully equipped dive shops, comfortable speed boats and first rate dive guides promise you a World Class diving experience and 6 double sea kayaks are available for further adventures. The state-of-the-art galley serves mouth-watering buffets & a selection of fine wines to complete the experience.
Charter Amenities and Extras
Luxury Indonesian schooner SEVEN SEAS offers the following charter amenities and extras: WaterCapacity: 9 tons per day, 2 freshwater-makers, Fuel Capacity:18 tons, Full Air Conditioning: All rooms and indoor guest areas Entertainment System:DVD, TV, Stereo sound. Tenders: 3: 2 x twin-40hp 6.5m fibre boats (center console), 1 x inflatable single engine Communication: Irridium Satellite phone, SSB, VHF Navigation: Radar Furono, Sat Nav. Furono, Sounder RayMarine, Back-up GPS plotter: Navman Tracker Safety Equipment: 2 life rafts (20 persons each), 40 adult and 10 infant life jackets, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), EPIRB (Emergency Beakon) Dive Equipment: Twin 9 CFM compressors (Schiffauer), 24 aluminium 12lt tanks, 9 sets rental dive equipment, snorkeling gear, wet suits, Nitrox available, Full First Aid Kit Deck Showers, Full Service Bar, Library.