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  1. I went back to my source with Andreas' posting to verify, and am satisfied nothing I posted was false, misinformation or a lie. Fact: The office IS closed: Fact: Prior address in May: Suite 1050 - See: https://web.archive.org/web/20200513102143/https://seadream.com/contact/ - Fact: New Address now on website: Suite 700 - See: https://seadream.com/contact/ - Fact: But Suite 700 is a "Regus" virtual office to only get mail and have calls forwarded. See: https://www.regus.ru/en-ru/virtual-office/united-states/florida/miami/florida-miami-brickell-key
  2. Confirmed... canceling Norway... https://www.borsen.no/nyheter/hva-dette-koster-har-ingen-betydning/72717397 Summary: "SeaDream1 is anchored in the corona quarantine outside Bodø with over 160 people on board, evenly distributed among passengers and crew. ... Saturday's six-day voyage from Oslo to Bergen with a handful of stops has been canceled because the government has introduced a two-week ban on landing ... ... Brynestad puts new trips on hold until the autumn until he knows what the government is doing after the first 14-day ban on going asho
  3. Agreed. My contact says the rest of Norway is canceled. https://seadream.com/no/ now redirects to https://seadream.com/luxury-cruise/luxury-north-south-america-cruise/north-south-america-ports/ No SD1 voyages until 10/24 out of Lisbon (assuming Spain will even allow it). No SD2 voyages until it magically appears in STT on 11/14 (assuming each island will allow it). Also interesting/concerning - the COVID Updates messaging and link has been deleted from website??? Sadly, all these people who recently booked Norway or those who hadn't yet canceled their 2020 Me
  4. Quick update from one of my FB Friends over in FL: The SD Office in Miami, which had been shuttered since March, was permanently abandoned in mid-June. Folks who had personal items were given same-day notice to grab what they could. There are no plans to open another US office as they are still running a skeleton crew at about 20% normal staffing levels, all working from home.
  5. I'd have to imagine that a good portion of this Norwegian "demand" are really people cashing in their free voyage. SD has no choice but to throw any voyage possible together to bleed down their 6-7 month backlog of free credits where people didn't ask for a refund. Probably 25%-30% of the cabins will be credits/non-revenue, with the (rest at these highly discounted price). And that percentage will only go higher once American's and Brit's can travel and the yachts are in more desirable/accessible ports. Let's hope the Owner make an announcement soon that addresses the
  6. Triple check that you can use your credit during the Christmas & New Years' voyage. They usually black those out. However, Thanksgiving is almost always wide open. And yes, there will be Minions aboard. But I've found them to be "well-traveled", so not a huge bother. And the crew is good about giving them boundaries and scooting them along if they are being loud or irritating. Pro Hint: If they tell you that you can't use your credit on the Holiday voyage, just threaten to cancel and request a refund. They will then offer you as much as 150%. This is what they offered on
  7. Be sure you ask for a refund, not the 120% credit. That starts the count-down clock AND SeaDream either immediately - or after a little time will - come back with a better offer. Probably more like 150%. Remember, they are cash starved so will bend over backwards to keep your money.
  8. Well of course they don't mention that most anyone flying to/from Norway will have to quarantine on both ends of their trip. Not when they might get someone to drop a deposit that they don't have to refund for three to six month. 😞 And check this out: The Norwegian microsite shows SD1 in Norway until 21 September (https://www.seadream.no/). Then look at the global website at: https://seadream.com/voyages/search/destinations/caribbean-mediterranean/months/9-10-11-12/years/2020/options/none/yachts/seadream1-seadream2. Shows SD2 accepting online bookings from
  9. Good Intel! Should be interesting to see the level of service at this price. Given all the international travel restrictions, are they bringing back the Thai Spa, Philippians or Club staff from the UK or South Africa? $3900 is a little better. But 93 days of one ship at perfect 100% full-paying occupancy is still less than $3.4M gross revenue. And they won't get close to that level of paid occupancy in Norway without more discounting. So the math still doesn't work out for them unless they get a loan or investors or government protection.
  10. Global site is not updated. Check it out: The Norwegian site shows SD1 in Norway until 21 September (https://www.seadream.no/). The global website shows SD1 accepting online bookings from Venice on 1 September and then Valletta, Nice & Rome through the start of October. See: https://seadream.com/voyages/search/destinations/mediterranean/months/all/years/2020/options/none/yachts/seadream1. Which is it, Norway or Venice? She can't be in two places at the same time. 🙂 Updating a website takes amateur skills these days, so just make the fix, no? Unless there
  11. Yeah... they are a small. Just two 35-year old ships they bought back in 2001. Be sure you read the more recent threads in that forum thoroughly before you send them any money. They closed their USA office, canceled almost all voyages through September but don't update their website, laid off almost 90% of company, changed their payment terms and haven't paid a refund since February, refuse all communication, etc. So lots of unhappy customers left to wonder if they will be around much longer.
  12. Exactly... At $1900, that's $270 per day for Deck two. If you plus that up for Deck 3 & 4 & the Suites, and with 93 days on this schedule, the most they can hope to make is $3M. But they'll be discounting the hell out of it to try to get passengers and having to give away cabins to any who had credits. Yet in their best years, their average occupancy was around 75% and these 12 day voyages will have an even lower daily rate. So $2.5M is maybe the most realistic number? Then pull out operating cost of what, 60%? Now you are down to $1.15M? AND they now have
  13. Miami City is allowing non-retail to be open again as of last week and the Brickell Key building is open to all tenants. But SD office is still closed and remaining employees have been warned not to attempt to go there. Rumor is they are still not paying rent and not going to move back in anytime soon, if at all.
  14. I am angry too. Why? Because the confirmation email/PDF everyone gets upon booking and 1st payment says; "Please contact us to receive a full description of these policies or visit our website at http://www.seadream.com/paymentrefund-policy" But check it out - this link is missing a dash between "payment" and "refund". And when you click on it, it redirects you to the main T&C page (https://seadream.com/about/policies-terms-conditions/) where there is no mention of 90 days. Can anyone else confirm their Booking Confirmation PDF has the same link? Regardless. it is only when
  15. Correct. They are a "Florida Profit Corporation". See: http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/GetDocument?aggregateId=domp-p01000079045-551820b2-9f14-42f3-bc07-f10fd1ba0e3c&transactionId=p01000079045-246a4dd4-db05-4f18-9280-8c81325c2132&formatType=PDF I am told, the President, Andreas Brynestad (listed on the above filing), not a US Citizen.
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