Less than a month ago, I blogged about SeaDream Yacht Club’s turnover. When I wrote that post, I was a little hesitant, since I am definitely no cruise line insider, nor am I even really a travel expert. I just like to travel when I can and I like to write about my experiences. I have cruised on SeaDream three times and mostly enjoyed each time. However, as a Cruise Critic message board poster, I also regularly follow SeaDream’s forum and this morning, learned that Pam Conover, a highly regarded and much touted executive who joined SeaDream less than a year ago, has just decided to resign her position, effective December 4, 2013.
This is yet another worrying departure on the small, but much beloved, luxury cruise line. Of course, I don’t know why she’s leaving. For all I know, she could be resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with SeaDream’s apparent decline. However, I do know that at least on Cruise Critic and among a couple of people I met onboard, there seems to be growing discontent with the product, mainly because of issues people have been having with kids on the ships.
SeaDream I is headed for Costa Rica this month. I was really wanting to book one of the Costa Rica cruises, but our circumstances didn’t allow for that. If we hadn’t had to move to Texas, perhaps we would have pulled the trigger. Every time we move, it costs money and requires time to get settled. As it is now, I’m not really feeling the urge to book anymore. I do have the itch to travel, but not necessarily on SeaDream, and that is a big change from the past, when I couldn’t wait to book my next SeaDream voyage.
I will be watching to see what people say about the Costa Rica cruises. Even if we never do a SeaDream cruise down there, I would like to go to that region at some point. If my teeth keep giving me grief, I might even go down there for medical tourism purposes.
One magical memory, courtesy of SeaDream…