Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition ships.
The new ships will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller, and will feature a host of unique features designed to enhance the expedition experience.
The first delivery of Seabourn’s expedition ship is expected in June 2021 and the second ship is anticipated in May 2022.
The 170 metre, 23,000 gross ton vessels will add new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Arctic and other exotic destinations around the world. Each expedition ship will feature 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.
“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 and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.”
Submarines on board
Both ships will carry two submarines, 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 Zodiac inflatable boats, which have operated as a part of the highly successful Ventures by Seabourn programme offered in select destinations around the world.
“It’s been amazing to watch the growth of our expedition-style experiences since our first sailing to Antarctica in 2013 through today, where we now offer the Ventures by Seabourn programme in a number of desirable destinations around the world,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn. “A year ago, we started developing the concept for this next chapter of our expedition story with dedicated ships built to take luxury travellers to the most coveted places on the planet and they will be thrilled to see these remote destinations in Seabourn style.”
More details on the design and service details for the new ships will be announced later this year. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in early 2019.
The first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.