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--Introduction

 

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.

 

Part One

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 ‘Adam D. Tihany’, The public venues on the new ships, such as the ships Artium, Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, and the Landing Zone are masterfully designed spaces that will act as the communal hub on Seabourn Venture and the second yet-to-be-named sister ship.

News Update:

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. Seabourn President Mr. Richard Meadows and T. Mariotti’s Managing Director Mr. Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony at the shipyard.

Cutting of the first steel ceremony of the Seabourn Venture

Public Spaces:

The Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, and Landing Zone are new spaces for Seabourn that will be instrumental in creating a sense of awe and adventure for expedition travellers on board amidst an environment of exceptional, intuitive service. Each aims to capture the romanticism of early explorers and the thrill of discovery with thoughtful details and materials that are very tactile- very ‘elemental’ - capturing the sense of ruggedness that comes with expedition travel while maintaining pristine luxury and comfort. Tihany is also creating all indoor and outdoor guest areas on the two new ships.

“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.

Atrium:

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.

Expedition Lounge:

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 Antarctica and vitrines showcasing intricate tools and devices of the trade. Two large touch-screens will also display a wealth of information including photos, navigational charts, weather charts, and maps.

Discovery Center:

The Discovery Center, which is adjacent to the Expedition Lounge on Deck 4, acts as the teaching & academic center for natural history and cultural programming in an environment spacious enough to accommodate all guests at one time. Each day, guests will visit this venue for insightful lectures, briefings, and Seabourn Conversations enrichment programming designed to help educate them throughout their expedition experience.

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 Discovery Center incorporates the organic shapes of topography maps against the elegant curves of the plush custom seating.

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.

Landing Zone:

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.

Accommodations:

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.

In Conclusion to Part One:

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 Thomas Keller restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest.

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.

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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.

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Part Two

New Seabourn Venture Inaugural Season

“Extraordinary Expedition” Itineraries for 2021-2022 now Open For Sale

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, Central and South America and more, offering guests the unique opportunity to experience luxury expedition cruising and exhilarating adventures.

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 Arctic and Northern Europe:

Following 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 outer British Isles, and trek to waterfalls and shining blue-white glaciers.

The ship will embark on a 10-day pre-inaugural “Highlights of the English Channel” cruise departing July 5, 2021, from Lisbon, Portugal, with stops along the northern French coast, England and Belgium before sailing up the River Thames to Greenwich (London), England. The sailing will be followed by a 12-day inaugural “Northern Isles & the Viking Homeland” voyage from Greenwich to Tromso, Norway, departing July 15, 2021, and exploring the beautiful outer British Isles and the majestic Norwegian fjords.

See the splendours of the Norwegian Fjords

Seabourn Venture will spend the rest of the season through September exploring the Arctic. The ship will sail on five 10- to 15-day voyages in the region, visiting many far-flung locations in Svalbard, the North Cape and other locations in Norway. Other destinations include Iceland; Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut, the most remote and least-populated destinations explored during Seabourn Venture’s Arctic season.

 

Above & below: The is splendorous visions whilst at the Arctic, Icebergs and Polar Bears and all kinds of wildlife

 

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.

Caribbean, Central America and South America:

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 Caribbean.

A Seabourn Legend is seen berthed in Hamilton Bermuda

Of course a voyage through the Panama Canal is always a highlight, including visits to Columbia, Ecuador, Peru,  and Chile. During three 10-to 14-day voyages, there will be opportunities to explore in Zodiacs under teeming bird cliffs, kayak among tropical coral islands, visit ancient Inca sites, and snorkel unspoiled Caribbean coral gardens glittering with iridescent fish.

Seabourn Odyssey is seen entering Panama Canal’s famous “Miraflores” Locks

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 Jorge Montt Glacier in the Aisén Region of Chile at the north end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Here we see the ever growing Pio XI Glacier in the Chilean Fjords

Guests may also spend a night in Puerto Natales, where a climb of Dorotea Hill provides a lookout from above that may include a sighting of the majestic flight of the condor that nests on the vertical walls of the hill.

Antarctica:

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 Falkland Islands. Guests can experience these amazing surroundings by Zodiac, kayak or even from the unique submarine perspective of the underwater world; view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; enjoy scenic cruising of spectacular waterways and passages. The exciting schedule features voyages departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, including a 21-day “Ultimate Holiday Antarctica & South Georgia” cruise departing December 14, 2021.

For the first time, Seabourn Venture will call at multiple new locations in the Falkland Islands. These outer, remote and wind swept islands are home to nearly 65 percent of all black browed albatrosses on the planet. Based on the day’s weather and most favourable anchorage positions, Seabourn Venture may call at the following islands:  the remote Saunders Island, the site of Port Egmont, which is the first British settlement in the Falklands established in 1765; Steeple Jason Island, a remote, protected nature reserve highly prized for its exceptional abundance of wildlife, including the largest colony of black-browed albatrosses on Earth, as well as penguins, southern giant petrels and king cormorants; West Point Island, where guests have the opportunity to meet the Napiers, the island’s only occupants whose great uncle established the farm in 1879, and visit the rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses and other wildlife; and New Island, one of the most remote of the inhabited islands, lying on the western fringe of the Falklands Archipelago and supporting some of the largest concentrations and diversity of wildlife in the Falklands, with more than 40 species of nesting birds.

Here we see the famed Rockhopper Penguins of the Falkland Islands

The Amazon:

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 Amazon River and visit ancient sites and indigenous Amazon villages. The voyages will explore varying environments shaped and differentiated by the Amazon River itself. These can be divided into three major regions: Flooded Forests and Blackwater Tributaries – Manaus, Brazil to Rio Jutaí; The Frontier Amazon – Rio Jutaí to Leticia, Colombia; and The Seaport in the Jungle – Leticia to Iquitos, Peru.

Be amazed by the magic and the wonders of the Amazon River

Europe:

On April 30, 2022, the Seabourn Venture will return to Europe with a 12-day “Western European Waterways” cruise from Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde, to Greenwich, England, stopping at the Canary Islands, Morocco, Portugal, France and Belgium.

The picturesque Town of Brugge in Belgium

On select itineraries in the Arctic and Antarctica, guests will fly into a designated city where a hotel overnight and charter air to the embarkation port the next day will be included. Similarly, select itineraries will include a charter air flight at the end of the voyage from the disembarkation port to a city where flights are more readily available. These include voyages that begin or end in:

·        Longyearbyen, with air to/from Oslo.

·        Kangerlussuaq, with air to/from Reykjavík.

·        Ushuaia, with air to/from Buenos Aires.

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.

Further Information:

Hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany will develop 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.

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

In Conclusion:

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!

About Seabourn:
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.

Please Note: Cruise-Australia and its associated pages are 100% non-commercial and privately owned cruise sites and are NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry since 1960 and is currently semi-retired, but continues to write cruise and ship reviews and articles in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts and provide information for those intending a cruise in the future.

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Author, Lecturer & Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer.

Commenced 60 years ago in Passenger Shipping & the Cruise Industry.

 

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