Seabourn canceled the July 15 inaugural voyage of the line's first purpose-built expedition ship - Seabourn Venture.
The 12-day 'Northern Isles and the Viking Homeland Cruise" was scheduled to embark at London-Tilbury (England) and end at Tromso (Norway).
The line currently expects Seabourn Venture will be ready to commence passenger service on July 27 from Tromso and will then continue with her published itineraries.
In a statement, Seabourn said that despite "the continuous work and substantial efforts at the shipyard," the ship was "requiring additional time for final completion and inspections."
"We are not willing to compromise on quality, safety or the guest experience, and therefore, we must regretfully cancel its first voyage.
"For the ship to be ready for service, several milestones need to be completed in advance of its first voyage. These milestones, despite rigorous planning and high levels of staffing, have not been met. The last remaining milestones are minor; however, they must be completed to finalize sign-off and delivery of the vessel."
Since announcing the start of construction of the expedition ship back in 2018, the delivery has been delayed 4 times because of the global impact of the COVID crisis. Seabourn's Venture ship was initially scheduled for delivery in July 2021.
Seabourn Venture is one of the newest in the Seabourn fleet. A second sistership to Venture (Seabourn Pursuit) is planned to start operations in March 2023 (initially in 2022/May, then in December).