VIDEO: Seabourn Venture official naming ceremony in Antarctica

   November 23, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Seabourn Venture's passengers, serving as honorary godparents, joined the Godmother of the ship, polar explorer, global adventurer, and mountaineer Alison Levine, who carried out the ceremonial duties virtually, to wish the newbuild blessings and extraordinary expeditions.

The team onboard released a bottle made of ice which was broken against the hull of the ship, a time-honored naming tradition.

Following the ceremony, Seabourn's Vice President of Expedition Operations Robin West spoke about the expedition legacy of the brand and shared the excitement he had for the adventure-driven journeys to come. Seabourn Venture's Expedition Leader Luciano Bernacchi praised Capt. Stig Betten for finding the best location for the ceremony met with calm winds and blue skies.

Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz said they had eagerly awaited Seabourn Venture's maiden voyage to Antarctica since the moment the cruise ship debuted earlier this year.

"The extraordinary continent encapsulates exactly what we hope to bring to guests who sail aboard our new ship: adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring wonder. With the beauty of the Antarctic landscape and scenery in the background, it truly was the perfect place to name the most luxurious expedition ship, Seabourn Venture."

Seabourn Venture launched on July 27 in Tromso (Norway), but Seabourn chose Antarctica for the christening ceremony. The vessel departed San Antonio (Chile) on November 7 and sailed down the Chilean coast.

In Antarctica, Seabourn Venture offered hiking tours/Zodiac rides led by a dedicated 26-member Expedition Team of scientists, historians, naturalists, and wildlife experts. 

Between November 2022-February 2023, Seabourn Venture is scheduled to sail on 11- to 22-day cruises to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands.