SeaDream Yacht Club, operator of the twin, ultra-luxury, mega yachts SeaDream I and II, has named Shannon Crowther Business Development Director, Midwest, USA.

A travel executive with 10 years experience in selling seagoing vacations, hotels, tours, and destinations, Crowther operated her own independent travel sales company prior to joining SeaDream.

Commenting on her appointment, Larry Pimentel, CTC, President and CEO of SeaDream, said �The Midwest is an ideal market for us with knowledgeable and sophisticated travelers who like the SeaDream style.

�It is also a buzzing center for the meeting and incentive houses. The SeaDream product is ideal for full ship, meetings and incentive charters. We look to Shannon to increase our reach in this vibrant area,� he said.

She will be based in Chicago and will report to Bob Lepisto, CTC, SeaDream�s Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Crowther�s sales territory covers the following states: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana and North and South Dakota.

Crowther�s earlier travel industry experience includes not only operating her own representation company, Destination Consultants Inc., but earlier she was Regional Sales Director, Midwest for Cruise West and National Sales Manager for the resort representation company, The Hyland Group.

She is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she received a Bachelor�s degree in Business Communications in 1993.

She may be contacted at

SeaDream Yacht Club is the yachting venture by Norwegian entrepreneur Atle Brynestad who founded Seabourn Cruise Line, and Larry Pimentel who was president of Seabourn under Brynestad and later president and CEO of the merged Cunard and Seabourn. Pimentel is President and CEO of the Coconut Grove, Florida-headquartered SeaDream Yacht Club and a co-owner. Brynestad is Chairman. The company operates SeaDream I and SeaDream II, twin, ultra luxury, mega yachts that operate on seven-day sailings in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The yachts are not only ideal for discerning travelers seeking an unstructured and casual holiday experience but also for small meetings and incentive groups or individual private family gatherings. They are available for full charter. SeaDream I and II share the top Five-Star Club award in the Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2003 guidebook and recently in the 2004 guidebook. In the Americas the SeaDream Yacht Club reservations number is 1 800 707-4911. In Europe it is +47 23 28 96 60. The website is