Seabourn to build two ultra-luxury expedition ships

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Seabourn to build two ultra-luxury expedition ships

Seabourn announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition ships.

The new ships will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller, and will include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful as well as a host of unique features designed to enhance the expedition experience.

Seabourn Expeditions ships statistics

  • Length: 170 metres
  • GRT: 23,000
  • Ice Class: PC6 Polar Class
  • Veranda Suites: 132
  • Guest Capacity: 264
  • Zodiacs: 24
  • Inaugural voyage: Summer 2021

Seabourn will announce design and service details for the new ships later this year.

Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in early 2019. The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.

Submarines on board Seabourn Expeditions

As vessels built exclusively for expedition travel, the Seabourn expedition ships will offer amenities designed to deliver an unparalleled guest experience in some of the most remote areas in the world. A new and exciting offering will be two submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface.

Ventures by Seabourn on Seabourn Expeditions

Ventures by Seabourn on Seabourn Expeditions

The ships will also be designed to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiac inflatable boats, which have operated as a part of the highly successful Ventures by Seabourn programme offered in select destinations around the world.

Professional expedition team on Seabourn Expeditions

Onboard crew will include outstanding and well-travelled expedition teams comprised of experienced wilderness experts, scientists, historians and Zodiac operators. 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 programme, providing in-depth insights into the history, ecology and culture of the places they visit. Their valuable insights are offered both in complimentary formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure.

Ventures by Seabourn on Seabourn Expeditions

Ventures by Seabourn on Seabourn Expeditions

“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travellers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.”

Seabourn in Antarctica

Seabourn Quest in Antarctica

“It’s been amazing to watch the growth of our expedition-style experiences since our first sailing to Antarctica in 2013 through today, where we now offer the Ventures by Seabourn programme in a number of desirable destinations around the world,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn. “A year ago, we started developing the concept for this next chapter of our expedition story with dedicated ships built to take luxury travellers to the most coveted places on the planet and they will be thrilled to see these remote destinations in Seabourn style.”

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, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel immediately at home.

Seabourn’s ships travel the globe 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 - bringing together two worlds, on board and on shore, like no other travel experience.

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