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Seabourn Sells Two Sea Goddesses

July 29, 2001

Seabourn Cruise Line is selling two ships in its fleet, the Sea Goddess I and II, to Norwegian investor Atle Brynestad, who was the company's founder. He will take over operations of the ships on Sept. 1. New names for the ships and for Brynestad's new company have not been determined, a spokesman for Brynestad said.

Brynestad will continue to sail the 16-year-old, 4,250-ton ships on their published Seabourn itineraries through April, when refurbishing is scheduled to begin. Bookings are being handled by North Star Tours, 239 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33303; tel. (800) 431-1511,http://www.northstartours.com.

Rates per person, per day for Sea Goddess departures through the 2002 refurbishment are $325 for Mediterranean cruises, $250 for Caribbean cruises and $199 for transatlantic crossings, not including port and handling fees.

Seabourn is offering passengers with bookings on the Sea Goddesses after Sept. 1 a sailing of up to 14 days on another Seabourn ship in the same year and region for the same price, and a $300-per-cabin credit. Cancellations will be fully refunded, with credits of $500 per person toward future Seabourn cruises.

The sale leaves the line with three identical ships in its fleet, the yacht-like, 204-passenger Pride, Spirit and Legend, which were refurbished recently.

Compiled by Times staff

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