New ultra-luxury expedition ships from Seabourn

Expedition cruising is more popular than ever and venturing into inhospitable lands no longer means sacrificing comfort at the mercy of the elements. Following in the wake of cruise lines like Ponant, Silversea and Scenic, Seabourn is the latest line to turn its attention to ultra-luxury expeditions. Seabourn is in the process of creating not one but two brand-new, custom-built expedition ships. Each featuring 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, both ships will be specially designed to carry their guests on adventures to some of the most coveted remote destinations in the world.

Our primary goal in building these new ships is to give expedition travellers the best possible destination experience onboard and far afield, with an innovative design that enables us to get all guests out into the environment as quickly as possible to fulfil those travel wish lists. These ships are being designed from conception for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalise service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.

Robin West, Vice President of Expedition Operations for Seabourn

For expedition travellers, getting to take in the spectacular views of towering mountains, vibrant forests or sparkling ice caps is paramount to making their cruise experience an unforgettable one. On board Seabourn’s new ships there will be an abundance of open deck space (2,750 square metres to be exact) from bow to stern, allowing guest the greatest possible opportunity for incredible viewing experiences.

More than simply seeing scenery from the deck of the ship, expedition cruising is all about getting into the landscape to experience it up close. The new ships will each carry two six-person submarines, allowing guests an unparalleled eye on the underwater world of their destination. In addition, the ships will be designed to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiacs, and special shell doors placed right at the waterline will mean guests can step right off the ship and into the Zodiac.  This means guests will be able to move more quickly to view local wildlife or go ashore, enhancing their immersive experience.

What’s more, guests on both vessels will benefit from the insight and experience of expert expedition teams made up of scientists, historians and naturalists. As part of the Seabourn Conversations programme, these experts will share their knowledge of the history, culture and ecology of the places they visit, both in formal presentations and in more casual interactions with cruise guests, such as in conversation over dinner or on deck.

Last month Seabourn announced that the first of its new expedition ships will be named Seabourn Venture, paying tribute to the remote and fascinating destinations it will visit. Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021 and will sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021 followed by a full summer season in Antarctica. The second ship is yet to be named but is scheduled to launch in May 2020. Details of itineraries and booking availability are due to be announced before the start of summer so get in touch with our experts if you’d like to register your interest.

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