August 27, 2001
Seabourn Cruise Line founder Atle Brynestad takes possession September 1 -- this Saturday -- of the prizes from a recent shopping spree: Sea Goddess I and II. The 116-passenger yacht-like ships, to be called SeaDream I and SeaDream II under the corporate moniker of SeaDream Yacht Club, were once owned by Cunard. Then, under Carnival Corp., ownership transferred to Seabourn’s fleet. The SeaDream twins will sail regularly scheduled itineraries (Europe through the fall, Atlantic crossings and then Caribbean in winter). Seabourn passengers who had booked passage after September 1 were rerouted to other vessels in that line and the folks at SeaDream, who include Larry Pimentel, Seabourn’s former president and SeaDream’s new CEO, have created a simplified pricing structure to attract passengers. Plan to pay $325 per day for European sailings, $250 per day for the Caribbean and $199 for crossings. That’s per person, double occupancy and rates include gratuities, port fees and some alcoholic beverages. The charming twins, whose stellar appearance had been allowed to languish a bit under Carnival ownership, will go into a serious refurbishment during drydock in April. Ft. Lauderdale-based North Star Tours is handling bookings. For more information, contact your travel agent or North Star Tours (800-431-1511, www.northstartours.com).