SEATTLE, March 6, 2019 – Expedition travel is on the bucket
list of many travelers and Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise
line, is busy creating two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships sure
to take adventurers and the industry to a higher level. To reach some of the
most coveted, remote destinations in the world, each ship will be constructed
with the hardware and technology necessary to operate capably while delivering
a guest experience filled with luxury comforts that leaves travelers wanting
The ships will be able to operate with a high level of autonomy,
which will allow them to travel farther than many ships sailing today. Both
vessels will have global deployment capability, which will see them venturing
farther north and south than any ship in Carnival Corporation history, visiting
many appealing warm and cool weather destinations along the way.
"Our primary goal in building these new ships is to give
expedition travelers the best possible destination experience onboard and far
afield, with an innovative design that enables us to get all guests out into
the environment as quickly as possible to fulfill those travel wish lists," said
Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations for Seabourn. "These
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
The finest expedition ships are specifically constructed according
to rigorous standards necessary to operate in a range of austere environments
where they may operate. The hull for Seabourn's expedition ships will be
constructed to PC6 Polar Class standards, making them capable of summer &
autumn operation in medium first-year ice in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other
exotic destinations around the world. Propulsion will be delivered by Azipods,
giving the ships greater maneuverability, complemented by three bow thrusters.
Other operational design considerations being incorporated include
shell doors, which are used by guests to move on and off the ship, placed right
at the waterline giving them convenient access to step right into the onboard
complement of Zodiacs. This improved accessibility means guests can move
quickly to view wildlife or go ashore to enjoy the remarkable landscape.
Dynamic positioning systems will be incorporated providing the ship increased
operational flexibility to maintain its position.
Taking in views of rugged mountains, ice-blue glaciers, and lush
greenery is one of the most sought-after activities for expedition travelers
and the design will include an abundance of open deck space from bow to stern.
The 2,750 square meters of open decks create many opportunities for guests to
have the most desirable viewing experiences complemented by high quality optics
mounted in various areas on the decks when conditions permit.
The ships will be a brand new innovative design, created
specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler, and will include many
features that have made Seabourn ships so successful. The first delivery is
scheduled June 2021 and the second ship in May 2022. A new and exciting
offering will be two submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable
view of the world beneath the ocean's surface. The ships will also be designed
to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiacs, which will allow guests a truly
immersive experience, building on the brand's highly successful Antarctica and
Ventures by Seabourn programs. Each ship will feature 132 luxurious oceanfront
veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.
Seabourn will continue to announce design and service details for
the new ships in the coming months. 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.
Onboard crew will include an outstanding and well-traveled
26-person expedition team comprised of experienced wilderness experts,
scientists, historians and naturalists. 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 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.
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.
To learn more about Seabourn or to request a brochure, contact a
travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391, or visit www.seabourn.com
Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern ultra-luxury
ships and is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive
alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess
Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises
Australia and fathom. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corpor ation and plc
(NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). 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.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
Hawkins International Public Relations
(212) 255-6541 or Ashley@hawkpr.com