Seabourn launches its first purpose-built expedition cruise ship Seabourn Venture

   July 28, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Seabourn's first of two ultra-luxury expedition ships - Seabourn Venture, entered service on Wednesday, July 27, with a 12-day Maiden Voyage (Northern Isles itinerary) from Tromso (Norway), bound for the Arctic and Svalbard Archipelago.

Seabourn Venture begins the inaugural season with a series of 12- to 15-day voyages exploring the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut, the least-populated and most remote destinations explored during the ship's Arctic season. Destination highlights feature Svalbard; Scoresby Sound (Greenland), which is home to the world's biggest and longest fjord system; Sermilik Fjord, situated in southeastern Greenland and popular for the lots of icebergs that flow from glaciers at its head into the Denmark Strait; and Pond Inlet (Nunavut)- the Northwest Passage's eastern entry.

The newbuild will make her way south in October, stopping at various sites in Central America, the Caribbean, Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, and Peru on a series of 10- to 14-day sailings. A transit of the Panama Canal is also included.

Between November 2022-February 2023, the boat sails to the channels, fjords, and glaciers in Chile, and to Antarctica, crossing back to explore the UK's Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The vessel will sail on 11- to 22-day cruises to "The Great White Continent" that include the "Antarctic Experience," with up-close encounters with wildlife. The voyages feature multiple daily operations using Zodiacs for landings and sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula. Optional trips will also be available like kayaking and the vessel's submarines.

In March & April 2023, Seabourn Venture is scheduled to embark on a series of 7- to 12-day expeditions in the Amazon and Brazil. The vessel will visit colonial cities on the Brazilian coast and sail into the heart of South America via one of the greatest rivers in the world, where travelers can sail in Zodiacs along the Amazon and visit ancient sites.