By Staff Writer
Seabourn has announced the name of its first new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Venture, to debut in June 2021.
Seabourn has been offering expedition experiences since it debuted a sailing to Antarctica in 2013 led by a highly qualified, world-class expedition team, and every season since. The success of the Antarctica program subsequently opened the door for similar optional experiences under the name Ventures by Seabourn featuring Zodiacs, kayaks, and guided hikes offered on Seabourn ships in a number of desirable destinations around the world, including Alaska, Australia & New Zealand, South America, and Northern European destinations such as Norway and Greenland.
“The name Seabourn Venture is an exciting step in the process of launching even more immersive voyages designed specifically for the expedition traveller who dares to go beyond the norm in terms of destinations and experiences they seek,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Combined with the team of 26 experts that will bring the expedition experience to life, we are going to draw on our pedigree to deliver breathtaking experiences and I know Seabourn Venture is going to create lifetime memories for the adventurer that wants to go farther, into more remote destinations than they may have ever seen before, in true Seabourn ultra-luxury.”
Following Seabourn Venture’s launch in June 2021 will be a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022. 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. The new ships, which are being built by T. Mariotti, feature a new, innovative design created specifically for the refined expedition traveller. Two custom-built submarines and a complement of kayaks will be carried onboard for a truly immersive experience, while 132 oceanfront veranda suites treat guests to luxurious comfort.
The vessels additionally offer an onboard crew with an expedition team comprised of highly-regarded wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists. During each sailing, team members regularly interact with guests, providing keen insight to deliver a holistic travel experience. These 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.
Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in Spring 2019. The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full summer season in Antarctica to follow.