Seabourn has just announced they can be added to the growing list of cruise companies delving into expedition cruising.
The luxury line is set to add two new ultra-high-end expedition ships to its fleet, with the first scheduled to arrive in June 2021 and the second in May 2022.
The 23,000-gross-tonne ships will carry up to 264 passengers in 132 balcony suites, carrying two submarines, and 24 Zodiac boats.
“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travellers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.
“The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations, and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product lineup and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators.”
“It’s been amazing to watch the growth of our expedition-style experience since our first sailing to Antarctica in 2013 through today, where we now offer the Ventures by Seabourn program in a number of desirable destinations around the world,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn.
The line began developing this newest piece of its expedition offering last year and as part of their design; the new ships will meet PC6 Polar Class standards in order to sail to Antarctica and the Arctic.
The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.
Guests can expect onboard crew to include an expedition team composed of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and Zodiac operators.
Seabourn‘s expedition ships will be built by Mariotti Damen Cruise, a new partnership between Italian shipbuilders T.Mariotti and Damen Shipyards Group.
Scenic, Crystal and Celebrity Cruises are also included in the latest list of cruise lines to announce they are building new ships specifically for the expedition market.
Further details about the ship’s design and featureswill be released later this year whilst specific itineraries and booking details will be released in early 2019.
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