SeaDream Yacht Club Revises 2003 Schedule

Heeding passenger comments, line makes Monte Carlo primary home port, increases overnights/late nights in ports

SeaDream Yacht Club has released details of its 2003 season. Monte Carlo will be the primary home port; there will be more embarkations and disembarkations at Civitavecchia (port for Rome), more overnights and late evening departures from “nightlife” ports in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and more “Marina Days,” in which clients can enjoy water activities in secluded bays and coves.

Larry Pimentel, chairman and CEO of SeaDream, said the itinerary and schedule changes for 2003 came as a result of client comments.

“Our experience in our first year of operation shows that guests love the so-called glamour yachting ports and intimate glamour capitals of the Mediterranean,” he said. “That’s why we elected to home port in Monte Carlo, where we will have the opportunity to dock aft-in right among the great yachts of the world.”

Pimentel said Rome was selected by passengers as “a highly desirable place to begin or end a yachting holiday.”

SeaDream’s 2003 Mediterranean schedule, which features more than 30 new ports, also includes some seven-day Nice-Nice itineraries and two August itineraries in the Greek Islands with Istanbul being the northern turnaround port.

Regarding port overnights and late-evening departures, Pimentel said passengers told him they don’t want to leave an exciting port of call late in the afternoon or early evening, as most cruise ships do, just when things are getting started ashore.

In the summer Mediterranean sailings, SeaDream will overnight in St. Tropez, Cannes, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Capri, Sorrento and Bonafacio in Corsica, and will remain until late in the evening at Positano and Calvi.

In other SeaDream news, the line is planning a series of travel agent seminars in California in October. Selling the Dream sessions will be by invitation only, with a limited number of participants.

The presentations, conducted by Pimentel, Bob Lepisto, vice president of sales and marketing, and Gretchen Bell, director of business development, will be held in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Pleasanton, Stockton, Sacramento, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara.

Interested agents should call 800-707-4911.