Seabourn Venture the new Expedition Ship due in June 2021
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Introducing the Seabourn Venture
The all New Worldwide Expedition ship
Seabourn continues to represent the pinnacle of luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, on the new Seabourn Venture each suite has a veranda all being ocean front. On offer is a superb choice of dining venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times, complimented by award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The Seabourn Venture will sail the globe to many of the world’s most amazing and sought after destinations, including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known locations and hideaways.
Be among the first to experience this new Expedition ship and see the world’s most exquisite destinations in the most luxurious way. Booking are now open. Her Deck Plan is located on Part Two of this feature.
Seabourn is well known for being a fine
luxury cruise line, as it has now provided the first glimpse of several public
spaces on their two new luxury purpose-built
expedition ships, which will be built by the famed Italian shipbuilder “T
Mariotti” at San Giorgo di Nogare,
are set to launch in June 2021 as well as in May 2022. The work of the
famed design icon ‘
On June 7, 2019, Seabourn celebrated an
important milestone in the construction of their new expedition ship the
Seabourn Venture, with the commemorative cutting of the first steel plate.
Cutting of the first steel ceremony of the Seabourn Venture
The Expedition Lounge,
“When you conjure up images of the ideal adventure trip, you would head out into the stunning wilderness for the day knowing that when you return a cosy, welcoming space filled with luxurious materials like leathers and rich woods that invites relaxation and conversation awaits you,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s president. “Each of these newly designed spaces hits that note perfectly, leaving our guests wanting for nothing and giving them an inviting place to talk to fellow travellers each day about the incredible experiences they had, sharing memorable stories or viewing photos they took.”
Let us now look and discover the public paces that have been revealed so far.
The Atrium is a focal point on all Seabourn ships with its elegant winding staircase. On Seabourn’s expedition ships, the sky lit space will continue the wood and metal detailing present throughout the ship with details such as rhythmically placed ropework in place of more traditional spindles and a topography inspired wall treatment. Suspended at the center of the Atrium and echoed again at its base is a captivating art display emulating traditional wind measuring instruments.
The Expedition Lounge, located on Deck 4, is the heart of the ship. A gathering place for the curious, guests are invited to relax or linger with a complimentary cocktail or glass of fine wine from the bar as they share photos and stories from the day with their fellow travellers and the onboard staff. The Expedition Lounge will be central to the Seabourn expedition operation where guests convene before and after expeditions each day.
The Expedition Lounge and Bar
Custom furniture designed in a variety of
warm, natural materials creates an inviting, tactile atmosphere. An ode to the
adventurous, the Expedition Lounge features an etched glass partition
displaying a vintage map of
The spacious Discover Centre
The world-class 26-person expedition team of
wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists will deliver rich,
insightful lectures and discussions on a broad array of topics related to the
region where guests are sailing. Inspired by the compelling landscape of some
of the expedition destinations, the
Audio-visual experiences will come to life through high-definition screens 2.5 meters high by 10 meters wide, showing a variety of programming to create a captivating experience that whets the appetite and creates excitement for each destination. Footage from daily submarine voyages will also be shown, providing an enticing look at the undersea world and the marine life that calls it home.
Travellers on the super luxury Expedition ship, the Seabourn Venture and her yet-to-be-named sister ship will find a wealth of masterfully crafted onboard spaces, including “Seabourn Square”, which is currently found on each of the Seabourn cruise ships and is one of the guests favourite venues.
World renowned designer
One of the most popular destinations on every
Seabourn ship is the elegant and intimate “
This is an inviting sociable space where
guests will find a charming European style Café - Coffee Bar.
A selection of coffees will be prepared by
highly skilled onboard baristas using beans roasted in
Guests will also find a wide range of books in the adjoining library, with a host of titles on subjects such as adventure, expeditions and other topics of interest to enjoy while onboard. Staying current with the news is made easy with a selection of printed newspapers from around the world and tablets featuring the Press Reader news application available to browse each day.
In keeping with the design of Seabourn’s two most recent ships, the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, the circular Guest Services Concierge desks within “Seabourn Square” face outward and aft on Deck 6, while wood-backed scalloped banquettes and lounge chairs were all designed as part of the Seabourn Venture collection by Tihany’s product arm, encircle live-edge-wood coffee and side tables, creating intimate gathering spaces throughout the venue. Riveted leather wall panels envelop the room, echoing the handcrafted details of the furniture. Overhead, a circular patterned ceiling recalls the symmetrical composition of a compass, while thoughtfully crated bookshelves and expedition-themed artworks and accessories paint a picture of an explorer’s private home outfitted with mementos from past voyages.
In addition, this sublime venue also extends out onto the deck and offering her guests a variety of outdoor seating to relax and soak up the views, with fixed Swarovski telescopes enabling discovery from the comfort of this ultra-luxury expedition ship.
This magnificent and luxurious Restaurant
offers a stunning, elegant setting to enjoy an impeccably prepared meal for
breakfast, lunch or dinner. The work of design icon
The elegant Restaurant
Located on Deck 4, The Restaurant is a
stunning setting serving perfectly plated dishes that rival the finest
restaurants in any 5 Star hotel to be enjoyed in
classic open seating, where guests dine when, where and with whom they wish.
The venue also offers an expansive wine selection, with Old World and
Tihany has kept natural elements at the forefront of his work for these sophisticated expedition ships, and The Restaurant features design inspired by the abstract, geometric nature of snowflakes, merging bold lines and shapes with a softness reminiscent of falling snow. Leather wall panelling with visible stitching brings a unique three-dimensional diamond arrangement to the space, while blue and green carpeting with geometric patterns surrounds a central porcelain floor that recalls the natural sediment of a geode. Overhead abstract diamond lighting fixtures of ribbed glass and metal details are inspired by the symmetry and complexity of snowflakes, and bronze mirror details add a touch of sparkle throughout the space.
Seating in The Restaurant is similarly noteworthy, with dining chairs fashioned by the product arm of Tihany Design. Designed for comfort, the chairs beckon with rich burgundy leather against a textured fabric seat back, with exposed rivet details and wood frame echoing the tactile craftsmanship found elsewhere throughout each expedition ship. As a crowning touch, the dining space is elevated by a sophisticated wine display encased in bronze framed glass. This will be a dining experience extraordinaire!
Located at the aft of Deck 5, “The Colonnade” is an inviting casual yet an elegant venue, which is sure to be one of the most popular locations for guests to savour the ships highly acclaimed all-inclusive international dining selections. The Colonnade is inspired by wooden hulls of historic maritime designs. The riveted curved wood panels of the ceiling will give guests the feeling of being inside the hull of one of the first expedition ships, a concept that echoes throughout the space with decorative metal plate details, integrated wood flooring, and art displays of intricate nautical knots.
Ribbed wood and etched glass partitions hold plush banquette seating dressed up with leather buckle details and inlayed wood-topped tables, while inviting dining chairs have a more handcrafted, rugged look with a light wood frame, exposed stitching, and natural light green and gray fabrics that are appealing to the eye.
Guests will have the option of enjoying
Dinner, served tableside at The Colonnade, while Breakfast and Lunch will be
available via table service and as well as buffet-style at stations featuring
three-dimensional textured tile and white stone countertops. A sleek copper
ceiling above each station will give guests the feeling of walking through a
working kitchen. Special theme nights will feature Michelin-starred
The Colonnade extends to the aft deck onto
“The Patio”, with guests welcomed to dine outside amid the fresh
sea air, featuring its own menu offering extended hours for Lunch serving items
such as fresh baked Pizza or
This venue is just one of the eight fine dining experiences that expedition travellers will be able to enjoy onboard Seabourn’s expedition ships, with the first due in 2021.
The launch and recovery point for landings, each of the two Landing Zones – Port & Starboard, both located on Deck 3 - will be a generous 60 square meters in size, allowing guests to change and clean their gear in comfort while also providing space to store their rubber boots. The Landing Zone, commonly known as a mud room, has been designed for extreme functionality and accessibility with a durable material palette and optimum location on the ship to allow guests direct access to one of the 24 Zodiacs available for off-ship adventures. In tropical areas, the Landing Zones will also be used for snorkelling and similar activities, with storage space for fins and masks. Guests will move through the two Landing Zones in small groups distributed evenly to keep waiting time and crowding to a minimum for excursion departures.
From the Landing Zones, the attentive staff will guide guests down one flight of stairs to Deck 2, where guests step directly from the ship into the Zodiacs to head off across the water or onward to a landing point ashore.
Although, I know there is a wonderful range of Suites that will be available on the 23,000 ton ship, but to date Seabourn has only released illustrations of two of these, being the two level Wintergarden Suite and the Signature Suite.
The Signature Suite is located aft on Deck 8, and it is excellent 128 sqm, outside the veranda surrounds the two sides of the suite, aft and either the starboard or port side and it is wonderfully spacious indeed! The Suite offers a huge Lounge and a Dining Room, then there is a very large Bedroom with another comfy lounge section as well as a desk, a dressing room, whilst the Bathroom is fully marbled and it has everything you would expect in any of the finest hotels anywhere in the world, if not better!
Above & below: the Signature Suite Lounge and Bedroom
The Wintergarden Suite is quite something else, especially for an Expedition ship. This rather special accommodation is a 97 sqm Suite and it is located on two levels. On deck 7, slight aft of amidships, is the Lounge and Dining Room level, whilst ascending the curved stairwell you will reach the Bedroom up on Deck 8. Again it features all the comforts that Seabourn is so famed for, with a Bathroom that is to die for!
Above & below: The Wintergarden Suite Lounge and Bedroom
Other accommodations will be released in due course.
More details about public spaces and suites on the new expedition ships will continue to be revealed in the coming months. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in mid-2019.
Tihany was the creative vision behind the
luxury yacht inspired interiors on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn
Ovation, the line’s two newest ships, which have been welcomed to the
fleet to wide acclaim. He also designed interiors for The Grill by
For this latest project with Seabourn, Tihany will develop the design vision for areas including multiple expedition spaces and lounges; all categories of luxurious guest suites; multiple dining venues; Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil; outdoor deck areas; and the innovative and popular Seabourn Square multi-purpose space. Tihany’s Product Design arm is designing a bespoke furniture collection for the expedition ships.
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; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The 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.
The Expedition Difference
What makes the Seabourn Venture and her as yet un-named sister due in 2022 so different to all of the other Seabourn ships?
They will be purpose-built expedition ships, having a PC6 ice-strengthened hull, with advanced manoeuvring technology for superior stability, safety and comfort.
Aboard there will be a World-class Expedition Team, delivering immersive experiences.
There will be only all veranda, all ocean-front suites luxuriously appointed.
Each itinerary has been carefully handcrafted and developed for the expedition traveller taking you to the most coveted and familiar remote destinations in the world.
There are two custom built 6 guest submarines, giving you the option to extend your expedition further for greater ocean exploration.
Enhance your expedition experiences with Zodiacs, mountain and ebikes, scuba diving, snorkelling plus optional kayaks.
Enjoy an open bridge policy*, hosted by members of the expedition team providing firsthand access to the ship’s command center and officers navigating your journey.
Meticulous and purposeful adventurers’ resort at sea designed for the luxury traveller with unique attributes and spaces to enhance your experience.
New Seabourn Venture Inaugural Season
Itineraries for 2021-2022 now Open For
Seabourn is thrilled to announce the inaugural expedition season itineraries for the Seabourn Venture are now open for sale!
Book one of the 25 immersive voyages & be one of the first to sail the line’s new luxury purpose-built Expedition Ship:
Another view of the Seabourn Venture new livery, she will be Seabourn’s first ship to have a dark hull
Seabourn, is one of the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise lines, and
bookings can now be made for the inaugural expedition season itineraries for
the new Seabourn Venture. Between July 2021 and April 2022, the Seabourn
Venture will visit a vast number of breathtaking locations and remote
destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in the Amazon, Caribbean,
The new itineraries include 25 immersive voyages, ranging from 7 to 22 days, featuring ample opportunities for travellers to discover diverse wildlife, soak in spectacular scenery and nature, and learn about each region’s colourful history and culture. The ship is scheduled to visit more than 150 unique and fascinating destinations across the globe, many of which few travellers have ever been, and over 65 new or notable destinations with a multitude of new and compelling expedition experiences. Additionally, select voyages may be combined to create sailings of up to 30 days in length. The itineraries, fares and additional details of Seabourn Venture's inaugural year can now be viewed at www.seabourn.com, or obtain a brochure from your professional Cruise Agency.
“We have thoughtfully and carefully designed these expedition itineraries to not just visit but also provide the best authentic destination experiences in some of the most interesting and hard-to-reach locations in the world,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Along with the ultra-luxury lifestyle we are known for, Seabourn Venture’s amazing and immersive voyages will deliver the ultimate ultra-luxury expedition travel experience that our guests will cherish forever.”
Highlights of Seabourn Venture’s expedition itineraries in 2021 and 2022 include:
the ship’s delivery in June 2021, Seabourn Venture will kick off its
maiden season in Northern Europe and the Arctic, where guests can
explore the seasonal extravagance in the northern polar region, visit Viking
ruins, view whales, walrus and seals up close, bike the winding lanes of the
The ship will embark on a 10-day pre-inaugural
“Highlights of the English Channel” cruise departing July 5, 2021,
See the splendours of the Norwegian Fjords
Seabourn Venture will spend the rest of the
season through September exploring the
& below: The is splendorous visions whilst at
Among some of the new destinations the ship will visit in the Arctic region are: Scoresby Sound, Greenland, home to the largest and longest fjord system in the world; Sermilik Fjord, located in south-eastern Greenland and renowned for the many icebergs that flow from multiple glaciers at its head into the Denmark Strait; Svalbard, Norway, where, if conditions permit, the ship may sail along the edge of the North Polar ice cap, home to diverse wildlife that have adapted to and this unique environment such as polar bears, whales, seals, rare arctic birds and more; and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, the eastern entry to the Northwest Passage and home to narwhals and belugas and a million nesting birds at Bylot Island.
Following Seabourn Venture’s expedition
voyages in the Arctic, the ship will make its way south in October 2021,
stopping at various exotic locales in Bermuda, the
A Seabourn Legend is seen berthed in Hamilton Bermuda
Of course a voyage through the Panama Canal is
always a highlight, including visits to
Odyssey is seen entering
Seabourn Venture will stop at several new
locations in this region, including Pio XI Glacier in
the Chilean Fjords, which is the only glacier in Patagonia that is growing
– at a rate of 50 meters per day - rather than shrinking, and
Here we see the ever growing Pio XI Glacier in the Chilean Fjords
Guests may also spend a night in
Beginning in November 2021, Seabourn Venture
will spend the austral summer season at the southernmost continent. The ship
will offer nine exhilarating voyages, spanning 11 to 22 days, and provide the
ultimate authentic experience on the Antarctic continent and islands, South
Georgia and the
For the first time, Seabourn Venture will call
at multiple new locations in the
we see the famed Rockhopper Penguins of the
Between March and April 2022, Seabourn Venture
will set sail on a series of five seven- to 12-day expedition voyages in the
Amazon, where guests cruise in Zodiacs along the
amazed by the magic and the wonders of the
On April 30, 2022, the Seabourn Venture will
return to Europe with a 12-day “Western European Waterways” cruise
picturesque Town of
On select itineraries in the Arctic and
Longyearbyen, with air to/from
Kangerlussuaq, with air to/from Reykjavík.
Ushuaia, with air to/from
Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022. The ships are being designed from conception for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalized service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.
Hospitality design icon
Both ships will be designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include a plethora of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities. The new ships will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the luxury expedition traveller, and will include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful. A new and exciting offering will be two custom-built submarines carried onboard.
Please Note: the idea of an on board submarine was pioneered by the 1986 founded Australian company which offers all inclusive luxury “Scenic Tours & River Cruises,” and now has established “Scenic Ocean Cruises,” who have just completed their super advanced Discovery Yacht, the 6 Star ‘Scenic Eclipse’ which has two “*Airbus EC-130-T2” helicopters seating 6 guests each, as well as a “*Worx Cruise Submarine 7” also seating 6 guests on board. This ship will commence cruising in August 2019, and the Scenic Eclipse II will commence a year later. *Both the Chopper and Sub, are the only options that are at an additional cost, otherwise guests can leave their wallets at home!
The super sleek Scenic Eclipse is seen here heading out to sea for her Trials
The Submarines on the Seabourn Venture will provide an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface. The ships will also be designed to carry a number of kayaks and 24 Zodiacs that together can accommodate all guests at once, which will allow for a truly immersive experience.
Seabourn continues to represent the pinnacle of luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, all with a veranda providing ocean front views, then there are those superb dining options in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. The Seabourn Venture and her sister will travel the globe to the world’s most desirable destinations, and countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as so many lesser-known ports and those magic and beautiful hideaways.
A stern view of the Seabourn Venture
For more details about the award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, contact a Professional Cruise & Travel Agent, or visit www.seabourn.com for information and schedules, and to order a brochure, or view one online. The author highly recommends that bookings are made with a Cruise professional, for only there will you be guaranteed of a full professional service from start until you receive your travel documents and till you arrive home from your cruise!
Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern luxury ships and is a proud member of the Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK), which operates Carnival Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and fathom.
*Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage under a multi-year agreement to help promote sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites around the world.
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