The Luxury Yachts of Seabourn

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A Celebrated Cruise Line

The elegant Seabourn Odyssey is seen at anchor at Akaroa in New Zealand

Photograph taken by & Reuben Goossens

Introducing Seabourn:

With their wonderful sense of style, their elegance and grace, the Yachts of Seabourn will beckon you to sail beyond the bounds of your imagination. Aboard a Seabourn ship, every desire will be met promptly, and always with a welcoming smile. Whether it is a warm blanket out on deck and a cup of hot chocolate, as you drift along the Norwegian Fjords, or a relaxing neck massage poolside whilst cruising Asia. You will feel that you are a member of an exclusive club.

Join one of the three the luxurious “Odyssey Class” of ships, each being a good 32,350 tons being the MV Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and the Seabourn Quest. Then there are the two new and slightly larger “Encore Class” of ships, each being 40,350 tons such as the magnificent MV Seabourn Encore, which commenced her first world cruise from Piraeus in December 2016, and arrived in Sydney on February 1, 2017. She was followed by her new sister-ship the Seabourn Ovation which commenced her maiden cruise in May 5, 2018. However, a new and a very exciting new and a revolutionary ship will debut in mid 2021, and she has been named the ‘Seabourn Venture’. See Page 6 via the Index at the bottom of this page.

Here we see the Seabourn Ovation from the air at sea during her sea and speed trials

There is no doubt that on any of these highly rated ships, you will enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious voyage and you will somehow feel as though you have been invited to sail on a private luxury super yacht.

The Seabourn Encore “The Club” Lounge and Bar

The highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships accommodate just 458 guests to some of the most desirable destinations on the earth in consummate comfort and sophisticated ease. Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and the Seabourn Quest maintain a high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalized service by close to one staff member for each guest aboard. Expanding on our popular and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, the new somewhat larger Encore-class ships accommodate only 600 guests and every suite mow has a private balcony! The new Seabourn Encore and the Ovation will build on the success of the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and the Quest, continuing the standard that Seabourn is so famed for!

These award-winning ships have revolutionized 6 Star luxury cruise market with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced back in the days of; 2009 and 2011. Today, the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation maintains the high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalized service by having almost one staff member for each Guest aboard.

Here we see a standard Balcony Suite on the Seabourn Encore and Ovation

Each Seabourn ship offers the finest all-suite accommodations, and there is a signature water sports Marina, an open-bar policy serving fine wines, champagne and spirits, and Seabourn’s renowned cuisine as is proven by it famed menus!

The yachts of Seabourn provide the ultimate in medium-ship luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth.

Seabourn’s Origins:

Seabourn became best known, with their two original elegant and luxurious, small luxury ships, such as the 9,900-ton Seabourn Spirit and the Seabourn Legend. Both have now been sold to other companies as there was a need for highly specialised and more intimate but slightly larger ships, yet they had to remain small enough to accommodate a small number of guests who would sail in sheer luxury!

This is one of the early modern Seabourn ships; the Seabourn Spirit seen in the Suez Canal

 heading east. Photographed by the author whilst on a line voyage from Australia to Southampton

Photograph taken by & Reuben Goossens

Seabourn Yachts is a member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia, Costa Cruises (Italy), Iberocruceros (Spain) and AIDA (Germany) and Carnival Cruises. Together, these member lines share a commitment to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. However Seabourn is the company that stands very much apart for it is the premier product that has won countless awards for excellence!

Surveys completed by guests whilst aboard very clearly reflect the growing delight with the cruise experience on the Seabourn Yachts. They have always been strong, and the General Impression scores have progressed from averages of 9.51 on a scale of 10 to 9.62 in recent times. Scores for service categories are even higher, with stewardesses and restaurant service staff achieving scores ranging from 9.60 to an incredible 9.75 out of 10. That is what Seabourn offers excellent service.

MV Seabourn Sojourn

Now with a new fleet of five magnificent ships the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, and Seabourn Encore and Ovation these slightly larger, yet intimate super luxury ships continue their high standard which they are famed for! It is good to know that Seabourn has the youngest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet of ships in the industry.

The latest Seabourn ship the Ovation


Seabourn Square is the Ideal location to relax with friends for Tea or Coffee




Seabourn Index:

Page 1              Introducing the joys of cruising on a luxurious Seabourn Yacht, and meeting the fleet.

Page 2              Looking at the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn & the Quest.

Page 3              Here are the Deck Plans of the above three ships!

Page 4              Looking at the amazing 41,865-ton Seabourn Encore  & Ovation.

Page 5             The Deck Plan covering the two latest new ships as per above.

Page 6              Seabourn Venture the exciting new Expedition ship due in due 2021.


     The Author of Cruise-Australia has given Seabourn a 5.5 STAR Rating!


Travel Agents in America and around the world have called

The Seabourn Ships as being … “Totally Refined

Reuben Goossens.

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

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

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