Luxury cruise line Seabourn has taken delivery of its first expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, during an official maritime handover ceremony at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy.
Seabourn Venture is the first of the line’s two purpose-built, ultra-luxury expedition ships and the newest expedition ship in the industry.
She has been designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards with a range of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ship’s global deployment and capabilities.
“Today is so incredibly special and important as we take ownership of our first ultra-luxury expedition ship and welcome Seabourn Venture to the Seabourn family,” said Josh Leibowitz, President, Seabourn.
“The Mariotti team has done a wonderful job in the building of the ship and bringing Adam Tihany’s stunning design vision to life,” he added. “Seabourn Venture will raise the bar in ultra-luxury expedition travel, and we look forward to introducing her to the world as she sets sail to explore remote destinations from the polar regions in the Arctic to the southernmost continent of Antarctica.”
Seabourn Venture has been designed to provide a luxury small-ship experience with the addition of world-class equipment that allows the line to offer its widest range of expedition activities led by an expert 26-person team of scientists, scholars, naturalists, and more.
The ship will offer complimentary Seabourn Expedition amenities such as Zodiac cruises, hikes, nature walks, scuba diving, and snorkeling, as well as additional curated complimentary excursions.
In addition, the ship will offer diverse shore excursions and optional Seabourn Expeditions with kayaking and two custom-built submersibles at select destinations. These experiences will provide close-up views of wildlife and natural scenery, as well as intimacy with the underwater world of the ocean.
The submarine will be luxuriously outfitted as well, with leather seats and Champagne served onboard, while unique design touches to the ships include an Observation Lounge modelled on the navigation bridge.
The ship features 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites and will take travelers to some of the most awe-inspiring places in the world, some of which are only accessed by ship. A second yet-to-be-named sister expedition ship is also under construction at T. Mariotti.
Seabourn Venture will begin her inaugural season with a series of 12- to 15-day voyages exploring the Arctic, Greenland and Iceland, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut, the most remote and least-populated destinations explored during the Arctic season.