May 31, 2002
SeaDream Yacht Club is now firmly up and running in its fully realized incarnation as SeaDream I has completed the same comprehensive renovation and makeover as sister ship SeaDream II, which was overhauled late last year. The former Sea Goddess I and II, which now hold between 94 - 110 passengers apiece, got more than just a fresh spit of paint or a newly themed bar. “Sleek and racy” is one description of the yachts’ exteriors; major rebuilding projects included an extension of a top outdoor deck to include a series of Balinese double sunbeds and captain’s chairs with mounted binoculars and an alternative outdoor dining area. There’s a new spa and health club. The water sports marinas at the stern were revamped and enlarged to accommodate wave runners, kayaks, Sunfish sailing craft and Zodiacs for water skiing and quick transport to secluded beaches. Cabins too reflect a complete change in philosophy, from Sea Goddess’ more sedate luxury to SeaDream’s contemporary take on the concept. One example? All accommodations have an entertainment center with a flat screen TV, DVD, MP3 Jukebox and are internet ready. As a result, a Sea Dream Yacht Club spokesman says demographics are quite a bit younger -- average 40s and an active group of 40s at that -- than other upscale lines. The ships will sail the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean in winter.