Seven Seas Worldwide - The Skiers' Companion

12 November 2014


The Big White and Silver Star Mountain ski resorts in Canada are overwhelmed by Australians. Why is this? Well it's probably something to do with the fact that the man who turned both resorts into two of the most popular skiing destinations in Canada was Australian. 

The late Desmond Schumann, born in Adelaide, certainly knew a thing or two about turning a ski resort into a success having transformed the understated Mount Hotham in Victoria into an internationally-renowned ski club. Using the money from this venture, Schumann went to Canada to purchase the Big White in 1985, spending $17 million on a 5 year-long revamp. Then in 2001, the Schumann family took control of the Silver Star Mountain Resort from owner Judd Buchanan and, mirroring the Big White, expanded the resort beyond all recognition, spending millions on a new infrastructure including a six-passenger, high speed chairlift - the biggest of its kind in Canada.

Now, the two resorts are shining lights in Canada's influential skiing scene and a major attraction for skiers from Down Under. Highlights of the Big White include a ski-in/ski-out approach to all hotels and apartments so you can virtually ski up to your front door, and some of the best lodge accommodation around. The Silver Star boasts facilities and terrain that are ideal for both beginners and seasoned professionals so if you're familiar with the slopes but you're taking a friend who's more of a novice, this is the destination for you.

Seven Seas Worldwide know a thing or two about the skiing business too. Well, we've had to because the market for sending skis and skiing equipment around the world is growing. And because we have a strong presence in both Canada and Australia, we thought we'd develop boxes designed primarily for accommodating skis. On top of this, we've also spent the last few years working out how to make the job of sending skis and other personal items abroad less of a burden. And we've come up with something rather interesting.

The MoveCube® is a container inside a trailer that we bring to your home. All you have to do is load it with your ski gear (and anything else for that matter). The next time you see your stuff will be at your chosen ski resort. It couldn't be simpler. For more information and to guarantee that your skiing holiday starts in the best way possible, check out our freight calculator or chat to a member of the team.

Don't Buy This Stuff (7)

14 January 2014


Yes we're back with our pick of what not to buy for your next holiday. Seven Seas Worldwide is one of the world's leading excess baggage companies with bases everywhere including in the UK, USA, Australia, China and Malaysia, so we know a thing or two about what you need for a successful journey abroad. And you don't need any of this.

First up is the Motion Sensitive Portable Travel Alarm. If you're worried about your belongings going walkabout in your hotel room, this bizarre little contraption offers peace of mind (for only 22 of your US Dollars). Simply tie it to any door knob or window handle and any unscheduled manhandling will be received with an ear-piercing woop-woop and flashing LED light. It's ideal for those who have trust issues, who don't mind setting it off accidentally (a requirement of all alarms) and are okay with buying one alarm for each door and window in their room.

Next up is the Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier. For just $60, you can carry your miniature canine around as if it were an ugly hairy baby. Your dog is envious of your dynamic lifestyle and wants to be with you all day long to share in your journey - both literal and metaphorical. The Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier provides the perfect answer to strapping your pet to your chest so that it feels like it's part of you - rather than a dog that does normal things like go for walks and take naps.

If you have enough money left over after hastily purchasing the last two options, may we introduce the Switchblade Travel Chopsticks. These certainly are the coolest-looking chopsticks we've seen. However, who wants cool chopsticks? Whoever asked for cool chopsticks? We may be a little presumptuous here but if you go to a restaurant where the food requires chopsticks, you should find chopsticks are provided. You don't need to whip out your own stainless steel ones like some sort of culinary James Bond. But hey, they're only $19.

The tagline for our next offer, the Washweiser Wash Bag, is 'take the party vibe into your bathroom'. Yes, for only £10, you can make friends think you've resorted to drinking lager in the bath. Does it get any better?

Finally for this blog, we have the iSafe Anti-Doze Detector. Priced at just under £6, this is a device you hook behind your ear that detects when you nod off at the wheel. If your head reaches a 15 degree angle, a 'gentle alarm' will sound, telling you it's time to take a break. Ideal for the next time you find yourself chatting to a social media marketing manager.

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A Little Bit Over - Managing Your Excess Baggage

05 December 2013


Last month, the Telegraph reported that Britons spend £340m a year on excess baggage fees. That's a lot of money for an extra hat or a jumper in case it gets chilly on the beach.

A recent poll of British holidaymakers revealed that one in five had been hit by an excess baggage charge at the airport with 31% of those polled admitting to removing items at the airport to avoid being charged. A quarter also revealed that they would spend over £30 on clothing while abroad due to under-packing.

It's clear that in a lot of cases, the British holidaymaker is a little unbalanced - luggage-wise. Packing can be stressful and this will sometimes lead to rash decisions over what to leave in and what to leave out. This, in turn, leads to the embarrassing spectacle of the holidaymaker on their hands and knees, scratching their heads over an open suitcase as if it were a logic puzzle.

Many travellers are unaware of the companies in place to help them avoid such awkward and financially-troubling scenarios. And without wishing to blow our own trumpet (though it is a nice trumpet and it'd be a shame not to blow it), one of the most popular is Seven Seas Worldwide.

Seven Seas Worldwide is an excess baggage company; it's what we do. If a holidaymaker so chooses, he or she can store extra clothes (or any other holiday item) into our free boxes and leave it to us to send them ahead to their holiday destination, virtually anywhere in the world, door-to-door. In fact, if the holidaymaker wishes to be really smug- Sorry, sensible, they can leave Seven Seas Worldwide to transport all their baggage, door-to-door. Imagine breezing through the airport with just hand luggage, a book, a bottle of water and nothing to check in. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?

Seven Seas Worldwide offers a range of services so that checking-in doesn't have to be a chore. If you're off on a trip soon, get in touch or grab a free online quote. Better that than end up paying the airline to ship it for you. Cheeky airlines.

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Don't Buy This Stuff (6)

16 October 2013


It's been a while since we've put together a list of travel items you absolutely shouldn't buy. So here we are. In the past, we at Seven Seas Worldwide, your trusted experts in international shipping, have been quite straightforward with you - if you buy any of the featured items from this series, you probably need a close friend or a therapist to disconnect you from your laptop and teach you about personal finances.

However, this time we've found some reasonable purchases for your next journey abroad. We say 'reasonable'; they're still essentially luxury items you could spend your whole life being untroubled by, but they're not as ludicrous as that 'tent-in-a-coat' thing whatever it was.

So here goes.

Do you wear contact lenses? Are you forever looking for a suitable place to store them? Oh you have disposables. I see. Well, ignore this bit then. Introducing the Glasses Contact Lens Case. Shaped like a pair of retro black wayfarers, this novelty item is perfect for looking after those sadistic discs of irritation that made me fork out for laser eye surgery some years ago.

Continuing the optical theme, those purveyors of quality goods, "I Want One of Those" have brought out the Immortal Camcorder Sunglasses. Quite what makes them 'immortal' is unclear. I'm sure if I stamped on them enough times, this selling-point would be a hollow one. Nevertheless, the Immortal Camcorder Sunglasses are like a primitive version of Google Glass in that they allow you film people without them knowing. Naturally, we at Seven Seas Worldwide do not condone this behaviour and believe it to be both reprehensible and a bit creepy, so just stick to holiday vids, please. Also, we must make a quick note of the wonderfully retro word 'camcorder' in the name. It conjures up images of those VHS things you had to perch on your shoulder.

Next is the handy language-in-a-pocket device, the Franklin 12-Language Global Translator. Yes, according to Time Magazine's list of must-have travel purchases this year, there's still room in the market for an electronic translator. However, it appears to me like the sort of contraption a city boy from 1987 would have balancing on top of his Filofax as he drove his Porsche 924 to a wine bar to have some other 1980s cultural reference.  But you know, it could be handy I guess.

And now, from Reef comes the Stash Sandal, a fashionable piece of footwear that can also conceal your valuables in the sole. Of course, the popularity of such an item will just mean thieves go straight for the sandals.

But that's for a future blog post.

Oh, and if you do load yourself (and your suitcases) down with all this sort of stuff, don't forget we have a first class excess baggage service that will help you get it from A to B. Or B to C. Or wherever.

Posted in: Travel, Packing

Yacht and Superyacht by Travis Monk

06 August 2013


Our own intrepid voyager Travis Monk takes a look at sailing the high seas in style with yachts of the super variety. Oh, and don’t forget, Seven Seas Worldwide’s MoveCube service is perfect for international shipping and moving abroad if you don’t have a superyacht. Like most people, really.

At this time of the year, there will be people in your social circles who will indulge you in stories of their recent excursions abroad. The most notable and long-winded will undoubtedly be the ‘backpacker’ who will delight in laying on thick the self-enforced hardships he/she had to suffer, all the while reiterating what a magical experience it was.

Well, thanks but no thanks. When I go on holiday, I don’t want to ‘rough it’. Going abroad isn’t about collecting anecdotes about washing your hair in a cow’s trough; it’s about big white fluffy dressing gowns and giving a porter £10 to move an unpleasant couple from Sheffield away from your favourite spot on the private beach.

When I choose to go abroad I always opt for palatial hotels, blue skies and swimming pools the size of a large swimming pool. And nothing says ‘opulent waste of time’ more than a ride in a superyacht. The superyacht I hire for my holiday is called Prometheus, named after the disappointing Ridley Scott film. On board there are jet skis, waterskis, scuba gear and another, smaller yacht. And inside that yacht is another smaller yacht. And inside that yacht is an unpleasant couple from Sheffield that I had removed.

A superyacht like this will set you back. There’s no point mentioning the price, you can’t afford it. It’ll just set you back. As I made several white, bubbling loops around the bay, trying to capsize the dinghies of other holidaymakers -particularly that idiot with the bronzed Spacehopper belly and the Ray-Bans who took all the bacon at breakfast this morning –my captain, Henri, told me more about Prometheus in between regular instructions to slow down and stop chasing everything. ‘You can spend anything up to £5 million on a superyacht holiday,’ he tells me. ‘That means we only deal with a specific kind of customer. Obnoxious ones.’

‘These people don’t want really want a holiday. They want to park the superyacht in a marina somewhere and show it off for two weeks.’ ‘Sounds great!’ I say and head for the nearest port, hitting 12 knots and I think a dolphin (they get a lot of good press but they’re not as smart as you think).

And so for the next fortnight, I sunbathed on the deck, occasionally looking over my sunglasses at passers-by and wishing I were them so that I see how good I looked. And that’s what Henri fails to understand. We all need our egos massaged, our importance noted, our life choices appreciated. Even the backpacker ‘roughing it’ through Peru with just a bottle of Evian and a powerful odour wants to be admired. He wants you to listen to his story. His story is his superyacht.

My superyacht? Well, my superyacht is a superyacht because I’m wealthy. 

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