Itineraries are now open for bookings for the new Seabourn Venture, the line’s first ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship.
Between July 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will visit a number of locations and remote destinations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and more.
The new itineraries include 25 voyages which range from seven to 22 days featuring wildlife discovery excursions, visits to local villages to learn about each region’s culture and much more.
The ship is scheduled to visit more than 150 destinations across the globe.
“We have thoughtfully and carefully designed these expedition itineraries to not just visit but also provide the best authentic destination experiences in some of the most interesting and hard-to-reach locations in the world,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Along with the ultra-luxury lifestyle we are known for, Seabourn Venture’s amazing and immersive voyages will deliver the ultimate ultra-luxury expedition travel experience that our guests will cherish forever.”
Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022.
The ships will have multiple expedition spaces and lounges, all categories of luxurious guest suites, multiple dining venues, Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil; outdoor deck areas, and the innovative and popular Seabourn Square multi-purpose space.
The ships will have 24 Zodiacs as well as two-custom built submarines. There will be experienced expedition teams on each voyage, made up of highly regarded wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists.
Here are some of the highlights:
The Arctic and Northern Europe
Following the ship’s delivery in June 2021, Seabourn Venture will kick off its maiden season in Northern Europe and the Arctic, which explores the northern polar region. Visit Viking ruins, view whales, walrus and seals up close, bike the winding lanes of the outer British Isles, and trek to waterfalls and shining blue-white glaciers.
The ship will embark on a 10-day pre-inaugural “Highlights of the English Channel” cruise departing July 5, 2021, from Lisbon, Portugal, with stops along the northern French coast, England and Belgium before sailing up the River Thames to Greenwich (London), England. The sailing will be followed by a 12-day inaugural “Northern Isles & The Viking Homeland” voyage from Greenwich to Tromso, Norway, departing July 15, 2021, and exploring the outer British Isles and the majestic Norwegian fjords.
Seabourn Venture will spend the rest of the season through September exploring the Arctic. The ship will sail on five 10- to 15-day voyages in the region, visiting many remotelocations in Svalbard, the North Cape and other locations in Norway.
Other destinations include Iceland; Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut, the most remote and least-populated destinations explored during Seabourn Venture’s Arctic season.
Caribbean, Central America and South America
Following the Arctic, the ship will make its way south in October 2021, stopping at various exotic locales in Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. There are three 10-to 14-day voyages and shore excursions include taking the Zodiacs under teeming bird cliffs, kayak among tropical coral islands, visit ancient Inca sites, and snorkel unspoiled Caribbean coral gardens glittering with iridescent fish.
Seabourn Venture will stop at several new locations in this region, including Pio XI Glacier in the Chilean Fjords, which is the only glacier in Patagonia that is growing. Guests may also spend a night in Puerto Natales.
Beginning in November 2021, Seabourn Venture will spend the austral summer season at the southernmost continent. The ship will offer nine voyages, spanning 11 to 22 days, and provide the ultimate authentic experience on the Antarctic continent and islands, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Guests can take a Zodiac, kayak or even from the unique submarine perspective of the underwater world; view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; enjoy scenic cruising of spectacular waterways and passages.
For the first time, Seabourn Venture will call at multiple new locations in the Falkland Islands. These outer, remote and wind swept islands are home to nearly 65 percent of all black browed albatrosses on the planet. Based on the day’s weather and most favorable anchorage positions, Seabourn Venture may call at places like Saunders Island, Steeple Jason Island, famous for its black-browed albatrosses, and more.
Between March and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will set sail on a series of five seven- to 12-day expedition voyages in the Amazon, where guests cruise in Zodiacs along the Amazon River and visit ancient sites and indigenous Amazon villages. The voyages will explore varying environments shaped and differentiated by the Amazon River itself. These can be divided into three major regions: Flooded Forests and Blackwater Tributaries – Manaus, Brazil to Rio Jutaí; The Frontier Amazon – Rio Jutaí to Leticia, Colombia; and The Seaport in the Jungle – Leticia to Iquitos, Peru.