Seabourn is creating two brand new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships. The ships 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.

Seabourn expedition ships

Both of Seabourn’s expedition ships will reach some of the most coveted, remote destinations in the world and each ship will be constructed with the hardware and technology necessary to operate capably while delivering a guest experience filled with luxury comforts.

They will be able to operate with a high level of autonomy, which will allow them to travel farther than many ships sailing today, venturing farther north and south than any ship in Carnival Corporation history.

A new and exciting offering will be two submarines carried onboard, and the ships will also be designed to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiacs. Each ship will also feature 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.

Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations for Seabourn said:

Our primary goal in building these new ships is to give expedition travellers 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. 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 luxury cruising.

Construction of the expedition ships

The exterior for Seabourn’s expedition ships will be constructed to PC6 Polar Class standards, so they are 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 manoeuvrability, complemented by three bow thrusters.

Shell doors will also be incorporated, which are used by guests to move on and off the ship, placed right at the waterline giving them convenient access to the Zodiacs.

More details about the design and service for the new ships will be revealed 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.