NORWEGIAN INVESTOR Atle Brynestad named Larry
Pimentel co-owner, chairman and CEO of SeaDream Yacht Club, a new
seagoing venture focusing on the former Seabourn Cruise Line ships
Sea Goddess I and II, which Brynestad purchased earlier this month.
Pimentel, most recently president and CEO of Cunard Line Ltd,
joined Seabourn as president in 1992 and assumed Cunard's helm in
1998 when Carnival Corp. bought the venerable British line and
merged it with Seabourn. Pimentel resigned from Cunard in February
amidst sharply declining profits at the luxury line.
PIMENTEL, in an interview with the Miami
Herald, said SeaDream has hired Bob Lepisto as vice president. Last
month, Lepisto's position as Cunard's regional sales vp for the
Americas was eliminated in a reorganization. Pimentel also said the
new company, to be based in Coconut Grove, Fla., will purchase
private islands in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Beginning next
summer, he said, one vessel will operate solely on charters while
the other will split the year between the Caribbean and
Mediterannean. In a statement, Brynestad, who takes control of the
116-passenger ships on Sept. 1, said the vessels will be re-named
SeaDream I and Sea Dream II. Brynestad purchased the ships earlier
this month and will deploy them on their previously published
itineraries through April 2002. "In May 2002 we will totaly refit
and refurbish these yachts for an exciting reincarnation," he said.
Brynestad said Fort Lauderdale-based North Star Tours, which is
taking reservations for the SeaDream ships, is the "temporary"
agent for SeaDream bookings.
DAYS AFTER a federal judge cut the number of
cruise-ship visits into Glacier Bay, Alaskan natives are
questioning moves by two cruise lines to re-route some itineraries
into the Hubbard Glacier region. In a letter last week to John
Hansen, executive director of the North West CruiseShip Assn., Bert
Adams Sr., tribal president of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, said
increasing the number of cruise ships sailing into Disenchantment
Bay, the site of Hubbard Glacier, could hurt the resident seal
population. "More ships going in means more pressure on the
environment," said Adams. He added that increasing the number of
ships in Disenchantment Bay will set a precedent for next May and
June, when the seals give birth and tend to their young on ice
floes near the glacier.
HANSEN, meanwhile, told Travel Weekly on Aug.
13 that he has yet to meet with tribal leaders but is sensitive to
their concerns. "The letter dealt with operating practices for next
year. We are dealing with the cutback for this year. We are
intending to meet with the tribal council." Hansen said it was too
early to determine if cruise lines sailing in Alaska would increase
the Hubbard Glacier visits in 2002. Last week, several cruise lines
modified itineraries after U.S. District Court Judge James K.
Singleton cut cruise ship sailings into Glacier Bay by 23% for the
rest of the summer. Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, the
largest operators in Alaska, will replace their Glacier Bay visits
with seven sailings into Disenchantment Bay to view Hubbard
GREEK ISLES specialist Royal Olympic Cruise
Lines canceled the summer season of the 836-passenger Olympic
Explorer. Originally slated for delivery from Germany's Blohm +
Voss on April 27, the ship's debut has been delayed twice due to
unspecified "technical modifications" Royal Olympic officials say
remain unfinished. "We hope to have the vessel ready to commence
operations for the next season," Yiannos Pantazis, Royal Olympic's
CEO, said in a statement. Blohm + Voss officials, who weeks ago
said the ship is ready for delivery, declined comment on the latest
report, citing pending arbitration over the matter. A Royal Olympic
SEC filing confirms the company is seeking an arbiter's ruling in
NASDAQ-TRADED American Classic Voyages
rescheduled its second-quarter 2001 earnings conference call to
Aug. 14 due to "ongoing discussions with Northrop Gruman/Ingalls
Shipbuilding regarding issues affecting the construction" of AMCV's
two 1,900-passenger, U.S.-flag cruise ships. The call was
originally slated for Aug. 9. The $1.1 billion building program,
known as "Project America" described as "in trouble" by U.S. Sen.
John McCain (R-Ariz.), is reportedly behind schedule and over