Seabourn Cruises reveal details of new expedition ships

Two submarines will take guests below the surface

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Seabourn Cruises reveal details of new expedition ships

Seabourn cruises are busy creating two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships. Each ship will be constructed with technology necessary to operate capably in Polar conditions, while delivering a guest experience filled with luxury comforts that leaves travellers wanting for nothing on their luxury cruises.

The new Seabourn ships will be able to operate with a high level of autonomy, which will allow them to travel farther than many ships sailing today. Both vessels in Seabourn cruises expedition fleet will have global deployment capability, visiting warm and cool weather destinations along the way.


The Seabourn cruises ships will be a new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller, and will include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful. A new and exciting offering will be two submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface.  The exterior for Seabourn’s expedition ships will be constructed to PC6 Polar Class standards, making them capable of summer & autumn operation in medium first-year ice in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other exotic destinations around the world. Propulsion will be delivered by Azipods, giving the ships greater maneuverability, complemented by three bow thrusters. Dynamic positioning systems will be incorporated providing the ship increased operational flexibility to maintain its position without dropping anchor.

Seabourn Cruises Expeditions

  • First ship delivered June 2021, with the second in May 2022
  • Inaugural voyage planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021
  • Two submarines
  • 24 Zodiacs
  • Kayaks
  • 132 oceanfront veranda suites
  • 264 guests
  • PC6 Polar Class
  • 2,750 square meters of open decks
  • 26-person expedition team

“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 fulfill those travel wish lists,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations for Seabourn. “These ships are being designed from conception for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalised service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.”


Taking in views of rugged mountains, ice-blue glaciers, and lush greenery is one of the most sought-after activities for expedition travellers and the design will include an abundance of open deck space from bow to stern, complemented by high quality optics mounted in various areas on the decks.

Onboard crew will include an outstanding and well-traveled 26-person expedition team comprised of experienced wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists. During each sailing, team members regularly interact with guests, providing keen insight to deliver a rich holistic travel experience. These fascinating, accomplished experts are also part of the Seabourn Conversations program, providing in-depth insights into the history, ecology and culture of the places they visit. Their valuable insights are offered both in formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure.

What's included on Seabourn Cruises

Seabourn continues to represent the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart:

  • Spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, most with verandas
  • 100% ocean front
  • Superb dining in a choice of venues
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Award-winning service 
  • A relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board

The ships travel the globe offering luxury cruises to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, more than 170 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

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