Seabourn Venture current position
Specifications of Seabourn Venture
|Year built||2022 new ship|
|Builder||CI.MAR (Cimolai Group+T. Mariotti Shipyards) San Giorgio di Nogaro/Trieste, Italy|
|Building cost||EUR 200 million (USD 225 million)|
|Speed||19 kn / 35 kph / 22 mph|
|Length (LOA)||170 m / 558 ft|
|Beam (width)||26 m / 85 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||23000 gt|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Christened by||Alison Levine|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Seabourn Cruises (via Seabourn Expeditions)|
Seabourn Venture Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2022 Apr 10||24 days, one-way from London-Greenwich to Tromso||London-Greenwich||$32763|
|2022 Apr 22||12 days, one-way from Leith-Edinburgh to Tromso||Leith-Edinburgh||$13347|
|2022 Jul 15||37 days, one-way from Tilbury London to Reykjavik||London-Tilbury|
|2022 Jul 15||23 days, one-way from Tilbury London to Longyearbyen||London-Tilbury||$26695|
|2022 Jul 15||12 days, one-way from Tilbury London to Tromso||London-Tilbury|
|2022 Jul 27||25 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik||Tromso||$35191|
|2022 Jul 27||11 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen||Tromso||$16988|
|2022 Aug 07||14 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik||Longyearbyen||$21356|
|2022 Aug 07||28 days, one-way from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik||Longyearbyen||$41258|
|2022 Aug 21||28 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq||Reykjavik||$34584|
|2022 Aug 21||14 days, round-trip Greenland and Iceland||Reykjavik||$20628|
|2022 Sep 04||28 days, one-way from Reykjavik to St Johns NL||Reykjavik||$35191|
|2022 Sep 04||14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq||Reykjavik||$16381|
|2022 Sep 18||24 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Bridgetown||Kangerlussuaq||$27788|
|2022 Sep 18||14 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL||Kangerlussuaq||$18808|
|2022 Oct 02||24 days, one-way from St Johns NL to Callao-Lima||St Johns NL||$15774|
|2022 Oct 02||10 days, one-way from St Johns NL to Bridgetown||St Johns NL||$6066|
|2022 Oct 12||26 days, one-way from Bridgetown to San Antonio||Bridgetown||$20628|
|2022 Oct 12||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Callao-Lima||Bridgetown||$10313|
|2022 Oct 26||30 days, one-way from Callao-Lima to Ushuaia||Callao-Lima||$33977|
|2022 Oct 26||12 days, one-way from Callao-Lima to San Antonio||Callao-Lima||$10313|
|2022 Nov 07||18 days, one-way from San Antonio to Ushuaia||San Antonio||$23055|
|2022 Nov 25||10 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$13347|
|2022 Dec 05||10 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$12134|
|2022 Dec 15||20 days, round-trip South America and Antarctica||Ushuaia||$29123|
|2023 Jan 04||12 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$16988|
|2023 Jan 16||10 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$13954|
|2023 Jan 26||12 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$18201|
|2023 Feb 07||10 days, round-trip Antarctica||Ushuaia||$13954|
|2023 Feb 17||21 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires||Ushuaia||$31550|
|2023 Feb 17||28 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Rio de Janeiro||Ushuaia||$35191|
|2023 Mar 10||19 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Manaus||Buenos Aires|
|2023 Mar 10||7 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro||Buenos Aires||$5459|
|2023 Mar 17||22 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Iquitos||Rio de Janeiro||$25725|
|2023 Mar 17||12 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus||Rio de Janeiro||$16866|
|2023 Mar 29||10 days, one-way from Manaus to Iquitos||Manaus||$13711|
|2023 Apr 08||22 days, one-way from Iquitos to Praia||Iquitos||$19900|
|2023 Apr 08||10 days, one-way from Iquitos to Manaus||Iquitos||$13226|
|2023 Apr 18||12 days, one-way from Manaus to Praia||Manaus||$6066|
|2023 Apr 18||24 days, one-way from Manaus to London-Greenwich||Manaus||$14561|
|2023 Apr 30||12 days, one-way from Praia to London-Greenwich||Praia||$8493|
|2023 May 12||10 days, one-way from London-Greenwich to Reykjavik||London-Greenwich||$12134|
|2023 May 12||22 days, one-way from London-Greenwich to Tromso||London-Greenwich||$24269|
|2023 May 22||12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso||Reykjavik||$13347|
|2023 Jul 15||14 days, round-trip Baltic Sea||Tromso||$15774|
|2023 Nov 10||16 days, round-trip South Sea||Papeete||$18201|
|2023 Nov 10||61 days, one-way from Papeete to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Papeete||$71596|
|2023 Nov 10||37 days, one-way from Papeete to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Papeete||$38831|
|2023 Nov 26||21 days, one-way from Papeete to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Papeete||$24269|
|2023 Nov 26||45 days, one-way from Papeete to Lyttelton-Christchurch||Papeete||$54607|
|2023 Dec 17||24 days, round-trip Antarctica||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$32763|
|2024 Jan 10||24 days, round-trip Antarctica||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$31550|
|2024 Jan 10||38 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Melbourne||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$44899|
|2024 Jan 10||52 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Cairns||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$58248|
|2024 Feb 03||14 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Melbourne||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$15774|
|2024 Feb 03||28 days, one-way from Lyttelton-Christchurch to Cairns||Lyttelton-Christchurch||$30336|
|2024 Feb 17||14 days, one-way from Melbourne to Cairns||Melbourne||$15774|
|2024 Mar 02||28 days, one-way from Cairns to Benoa||Cairns||$30336|
|2024 Mar 02||14 days, one-way from Cairns to Darwin||Cairns||$15774|
|2024 Mar 16||14 days, one-way from Darwin to Benoa||Darwin||$15774|
Seabourn Venture Review
Review of Seabourn Venture
The 2022-built Seabourn Venture cruise ship is one of the newest in the Seabourn fleet. The boat is currently scheduled for inauguration in April 2022 (initially in July and December 2021). A second sistership to Venture (Seabourn Pursuit) is planned to start operations in February 2023 (initially in 2022/May then December).
Venture and Pursuit are part of Seabourn Expeditions' fleet. These boats are PC6 (Polar-Class 6) classed expedition cruise ships and carry (each) 2x mini-submarines (custom-built submersibles with capacity 7 persons/6 passengers + 1 pilot) plus a fleet of sea kayaks and 24x Zodiacs (large-capacity RIBs/motorized boats used for tendering and landings/shoreside exploration). Each ship has a total of 132 staterooms, all of which are outside (balconied) suites.
History - construction and ownership
Seabourn Cruises is a top-luxury (all-inclusive) company founded in 1986 and headquartered in Seattle WA. Seabourn operates on global itineraries, ranging from the 7-day Caribbean to 100+day Around the World voyages. Since 1998, Seabourn is fully-owned by Carnival Corporation - the world's largest passenger shipping company. Seabourn is a signature travel brand and a major player in the premium-cruising market, competing head-on with Silversea and RSSC-Regent Seven Seas.
Via the name Venture, Seabourn paid tribute to the remote polar destinations visited by the company's expedition fleet and the "Ventures by Seabourn" (the company's shore excursion program).
Decks and Cabins
Seabourn Venture staterooms (132 total) are all in Suite categories and all with private (step-out) balconies. All cabins are thoughtfully appointed, designed as homes with separate lounge room serving as relaxation-entertainment area.
The boat has 10 decks, of which 8 are passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.
By the company's loyalty program "Seabourn Club", Silver Level and above passengers receive free Internet (limited and unlimited packages), free phone calls (20-30-40 min worldwide), complimentary Spa Massage, Day Pass for Spa Serene Area, free laundry (1 bag for every 7-days on the ship), plus discount pricing on onboard alcohol purchases (premium wines and spirits), future cruise booking discounts, luggage shipping service discounts, access to special offers and exclusive onboard events.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Seabourn Venture is operated with all-inclusive deals and provides the best choice of dining venues (all complimentary) and open-bar lounges. Guests dine when, where, and with whom they wish. The design of Venture features contemporary spaces created by Adam Tihany's company, including the ship's Main Dining Room and the club-like Seabourn Square lounge area.
Follows the complete list of Seabourn Venture restaurants and food bars - a total of 8 dining options.
The Restaurant (main dining room/MDR on Deck 4) offers open-seating breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. MDR's dining amenities are top-luxury, the dress code is "elegant casual", with optional "formal" dress on special nights. The Restaurant also offers an expansive premium wine selection, with renowned labels and vintages. Some of the fine wines (by the glass) are complimentary, while all premium wines are available at an additional charge. In The Restaurant, the cruise line boasts special Thomas Keller-inspired menus that include an appetizer, entree option, vegetarian entree option, and a dessert in French-American style.
Sushi in The Club (deck 9 aft) is a specialty dinner restaurant (replacing the traditional "Restaurant 2" on Seabourn Odyssey-class ships) that offers sushi bites freshly made-to-order. The Adam Tihany-designed venue features floor-ceiling wraparound windows, comfortable chairs, alfresco seating (terrace served by the open-air Sky Bar). The Club's interior design is marked by the royal blue carpet (with abstract geometric patterns), a water-vapor fireplace (positioned at the center), a large dance floor, a stage (for live performances), Tihany Design Venture collection chairs, banquette seating by the windows (with decorative pillows).
The Patio Grill (deck 5 aft) serves the swimming pool area with grilled BBQ specialties, salads, side dishes, fresh pizza (by the slice). Patio Grill is open for casual alfresco lunches and throughout the afternoons (weather permitting).
- Dinners are full menu and in the alfresco (outdoor) setting. Chef Keller developed for The Patio Grill a signature Napa burger and an artisanal hot dog named Yountwurst (after Yountville CA). Chef Thomas Keller is the owner of the restaurants Per Se (Manhattan NYC), Bouchon Bakery and Cafe (Manhattan NYC), The French Laundry (Yountville CA), Ad Hoc (Yountville CA), and Bouchon Bistro (Yountville CA).
- Patio Pool area has a plunge pool (aft-facing infinity pool flanked by two Jacuzzies), sunbathing area (with loungers, private cabanas) and is served with food and drinks by The Colonnade Restaurant (deck 5) and Seabourn Square (deck 6) which is directly accessed via outdoor staircases. Patio Deck's sundeck area also hosts barbecue parties (a stage provides live music for dancing).
The Colonnade (specialty restaurant on Deck 6 aft) is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Master chefs here cook in an open kitchen so passengers can watch the food preparation process. The dinner menu is differently themed each day of the cruise. The special theme nights offer Chef Keller-influenced dinners with interpretations of classic comfort dishes, including Clam Bake and BBQ Ribs served family-style on platters. The Colonnade Restaurant has an outdoor Terrace with an al-fresco seating area.
The Grill by Thomas Keller (specialty restaurant on Deck 9 aft) is a classic American steakhouse via a partnership with Adam D. Tihany (NYC-based hospitality designer) and Thomas Keller (American 3-star Michelin chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer). Themed dinners feature tableside preparations of Caesar salad, ice cream sundaes, along with a range of steakhouse favorites such as Lobster Thermidor and creamed spinach. A cocktail program and a rich wine list of old-world and domestic labels complement the menu. Dining reservations can be requested online before sailing (recommended due to the high demand), subject to availability and closing 15 days prior to the cruise. Reservations can also be made on board. One reservation is permitted per sailing.
Constellation Lounge (theatre/bar lounge on Deck 9 forward) serves early-risers (with beverages and fresh-baked pastries), Afternoon Tea, signature cocktails, and tapas-type appetizers in the evenings. Constellation Lounge features floor-ceiling/wall-to-wall wraparound windows (providing 270-degree views), comfortable seating (armchairs, plush sofas, round glass tables), dark carpeting (with constellation patterns), central-located Bar (with high stools). Dedicated expedition staff visits the lounge regularly to provide passengers with information on the visited ports and destinations (including the region's wildlife and geology).
Seabourn Square (Deck 6 aft) serves premium brand coffees/teas, sandwiches, gourmet sweets, fresh-made pastries, homemade gelato (ice creams).
"Pantry in the Bow Lounge" provides freshly prepared light food and beverages.
24-hour in-cabin dining (room service) is offered complimentary and course-by-course to all categories suites.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The ambiance of Seabourn Venture is relaxed, with sheer activities' variety. Most sailings feature Seabourn's Caviar in Surf Beach Barbecue or Marina Days when you can go kayaking or sail right from the ship. Seabourn's service is ranked the best on the luxury cruising market - highly personalized and attentive. Tipping is not expected.
Ship's Atrium, Discovery Center, Expedition Lounge, Landing Zone, and all interior public spaces are masterfully designed by Tihany Design (1978-founded firm). Discovery Center, Landing Zone, and Expedition Lounge are new spaces, each of which themed on the early sea explorers' era with memorabilia and various materials.
Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry, Self-Serve Laundromats. Tipping/gratuities - tips are not expected or calculated in the price. Wedding parties on Seabourn ship Ovation are held in any of the public spaces (no dedicated chapel onboard).
Bow Lounge (Deck 6 forward) is an indoor observation Bar Lounge providing the closest to water level access (through its foredeck terrace). This makes it the boat's best vantage point for marine and wildlife/scenery viewing (including during port entries, berthing, and departures). Bow Lounge is fitted with large touch screens displaying navigational charts and maps with the ship's current position (location at sea or in port) and current itinerary information (weather, Zodiac landings, flora-fauna, etc). Wall-mounted large HDTVs project live footage from the outside-installed HD cameras and also from a camera drone deployed (weather permitting) in the vicinity of the vessel. Bow Lounge is also staffed with Seabourn's Expedition Team members who throughout the day interact with the passengers.
Follows the complete list of Seabourn Venture lounges, clubs, and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
The Atrium (the ship's social hub and focal point) features a winding grand staircase. Metal and wood are presented throughout, with details like ropework (replacing the traditional spindles) and topography-inspired wall patterns. An art display (suspended at Atrium's center) emulates wind measuring instruments.
The Discovery Center (on Deck 4, adjacent to the Expedition Lounge) serves as a teaching/academic room for the company's enrichment programming and has a seating capacity to accommodate all passengers. Here are hosted themed events like port talks, briefings, lectures, Seabourn Conversations (enrichment program activities). The ship's 26-person expedition team (scientists, historians, naturalists, wilderness experts) present here lectures on topics related to the current cruise itinerary/destination/region. Discovery Center's interior features topography maps, plush custom-made seating, large HD screens (sized 2,5x10 m / 8x33 ft) showing current itinerary-themed media (including footages from the daily mini-submarine cruises).
The Expedition Lounge (midship on Deck 4) is the main and largest indoor relaxation lounge with a full-service bar. Expedition Lounge features custom-made furniture (armchairs, couches, low tables, bar stools), an etched glass partition (with a vintage Antarctica map), a fireplace, vitrines showcasing devices and tools. Two large touchscreens display various media content, including navigational and weather charts, photos, maps.
The ship's two Landing Zones (portside and starboard) are the launch/boarding points for landings. Both areas are on Deck 3 and sized 60 m2 (646 ft2). Landing Zone (aka Mudroom) is designed with durable materials and conveniently located to allow direct access to the ship's 24x Zodiacs (large motorized RIB boats) for shoreside cruising. Landing Zones are also used for watersports activities (like snorkeling in tropical climates) having plenty of storage space for equipment (boots, parkas, masks, fins).
Living Room (open-floor area serving as a lounge with a small seating area)
Seabourn Square is a "living room" lobby concept. This is a spacious bar lounge designed to serve as a general meeting place. It incorporates a small indoor lounge with comfortable seating, also the boat's Reception, Concierge Service Desks (24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, purser service), Shore Excursions Desk, the Library, several Internet computers. Seabourn Square even has its own open-deck terrace (with glass railings, 2x mounted binoculars, padded seating/armchairs and sofas) for relaxation and observation.
The Club Lounge (disco nightclub on Deck 9 aft) is open for Afternoon Tea and later transforms into a dance club. Guests can enjoy cocktails and live music.
- This bar lounge has direct access to a wraparound terrace (sundeck with 2x Jacuzzies), offers 270-degree views (from floor-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows), plenty of comfortable seating (plush sofas, armchairs, low tables, window seats with decorative pillows), a central bar (with high stools), a large electric fireplace.
- The open-air Sky Bar (Deck 9 aft) serves The Club's terrace fitted with two Jacuzzies and sunbathing area with loungers and deckchairs.
Meeting Room (deck 5 midship) also doubles as Card Room (for playing cards and popular board games).
The Boutique (deck 4) is a duty-free shop selling fashion clothes, brand cosmetics and perfumes, watches, jewelry, Seabourn-logoed merchandise, travel essentials, special occasion gifts and souvenirs.
The Coffee Bar (patisserie-specialty coffee bar, serving Seabourn Square lounge area, which has a corner serving as the Library/Computer Centre)
"Spa at Seabourn" is the wellness area (spanning on two decks), with an outdoor relaxation/sundeck area, Massage-Treatment Rooms, Steam Room, Saunas, Thermal Suite, glass-roofed Spa pool, Beauty Salon.
Fitness Center is a panoramic-view modern gym fitted with latest Technogym equipment for strength and cardio training. Personal trainers provide nutrition and exercise plans. A series of complimentary classes including Pilates, Tai Chi, and yoga, are also offered. At the separate Motion Studio (Aerobics Room) are offered a series of complimentary classes, including Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi.
Observation Bar (round-shaped observation lounge with grand piano, serves coffee and tea every morning, drinks before or after dinner)
The ship's largest outdoor relaxation areas are Sun Deck (deck 9), Promenade Deck (deck 5), Observation Deck (deck 10).
Seabourn Venture's schedule offers Arctic itineraries (in the summer) followed by Antarctica itineraries (winter). The original Maiden Voyage (July 15, 2021) was themed "Northern Isles and the Viking Homeland" departing from Greenwich-London.
This expedition ship cruises further north and south than any other Carnival Corporation-owned vessel ever.
The ship's initially planned inaugural season (July 2021 through April 2022) had a total of 35 itineraries listed. The pre-inaugural voyage ("Highlights of the English Channel") was a roundtrip from Lisbon departing on July 5, 2021. For summer 2021 were planned itineraries along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, Greenland. In October 2021, the ship was to be relocated from Europe to Barbados (Caribbean) and after passing the Panama Canal, along the coasts of Peru and Chile to Antarctica (November 2021). Winter 2021-2022 voyages were along the coasts of Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, then cruising Eastcoast South America to Brazil and the Amazon River Delta. In April 2022, Venture had to reposition back to homeport London-Greenwich through Cape Verde, Casablanca, Lisbon.
- Seabourn opened bookings for Venture ship's inaugural cruise season on May 20, 2019. During the inaugural season (July 2021-April 2022), the boat was planned to visit remote Antarctica and Arctic destinations, also ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America (including Amazon Delta). The program included a total of 25 itineraries (ranging between 7-22 days), 150+ unique destinations worldwide, of which 65+ notable or new for Seabourn.
- However, due to T. Mariotti shipyard closures (Coronavirus-related), the Inaugural Cruise was rescheduled from July 5 (Antarctica) to December 1, 2021 (Arctic Norway). A total of 22x itineraries were canceled (read more in the ship's Wiki section).
- Between December 2021-April 2022, the new boat had scheduled 10- to 14-day Norwegian Coastal winter cruises themed on the region's Viking heritage and the Northern Lights. The Norwegian Winter voyages (between homeports Copenhagen Denmark and Tromso Norway) offered both optional and complimentary expedition-style outdoor activities - like ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, dog- and reindeer sledding, overnight camping (at viewing locations) plus the new complimentary (on all sailings) "Concert in the Northern Lights Cathedral and Seabourn Signature Evening Event" at Alta Norway.
- Seabourn Venture's Maiden Voyage (themed "Northern Isles and the Viking Homeland") had to depart from London-Greenwich on December 11, 2021. The 12-night itinerary visited Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim, Bodo, Svolvaer (Austvagoya Island, Lofoten), Alta, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island), Nordkapp, Tromso.
In August 2021, Seabourn canceled 12 more itineraries (the entire Norway 2021-2022 winter season / December 11 thru April 24).
The Maiden Voyage was rescheduled for April 10, 2022. The inaugural season started with two ex-UK itineraries:
- (April 10) 12-day "Wild and Ancient British Isles Voyage" from London-Greenwich (England) to Leith-Edinburgh (Scotland)
- (April 22) 12-day "Scottish and Norse Legends Expedition" from Edinburgh to Tromso (Norway).
However, in February 2022 was announced that Seabourn Venture's Maiden Voyage is once again postponed - from April 10th to July 15th, 2022 (out of London-Greenwich) due to COVID crisis-related global supply chain disruptions. The last cancellations affected 10x voyages.
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In July 2018, Seabourn signed a letter of intent with "MARIOTTI DAMEN Cruise" (Genoa Italy) for building two polar-class expedition vessels with the following details:
- ice-strengthened hull (PC6 ice-class)
- Lloyd's Polar Class PC6 (Finnish-Swedish ice-class 1A-Super / cruiseferries)
- length 170 m
- GT tonnage 23,000 tons
- 132 balcony cabins
- capacity 264 passengers plus 120 crew (including 26 expedition crew of experts - scientists, historians, naturalists)
- 2 mini-submarines (6-guest), sea kayaks, 24x Zodiacs (RIBs/inflatable motorized boats used for near-shore cruising, landings and tendering)
- shell doors (at waterline level) allow convenient access to the Zodiacs
- deliveries: 1st unit/Venture (June 2021), 2nd unit/Pursuit (May 2022)
- In 2008 was founded the holding company Genova Industrie Navali Group as a merger of two Genoa-based shipyards (San Giorgio del Porto, and T. Mariotti).
- In 2019, Genova Industrie Navali and Fincantieri (the world's largest cruise shipbuilder) signed an agreement Fincantieri to purchase a minority stake in the new holding company, with an option to acquire a minority share in T. Mariotti. The deal allowed Fincantieri to use the company's Genoa port facilities for mega-yacht and medium-size ship construction, outfitting, repairs, conversions, refurbishments, and shipbreaking (dismantling and recycling).
- The shipbuilding yard is owned by CI.MAR (2007-established) - a joint venture company of Cimolai Group (specializing in engineering and large steel construction works) and T. Mariotti Shipyards (specializing in building of luxury cruise ships and megayachts). CI.MAR's facilities in San Giorgio di Nogaro offer a 50,000+ m2 shipbuilding area equipped with complex lifting-maneuvering systems capable of handling constructions with weights up to 300 tons.
Seabourn Venture's construction officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony held on June 8, 2019, at Mariotti Shipyard.
The ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on March 30, 2021. Following the float-out, the unfinished vessel (hull, machinery, superstructure/up to Deck 9 built) started a 1930 km (1200 mi) long journey to T. Mariotti's Genoa shipyard (where arrived on April 10) for final outfitting.
The keel-laying/"coin ceremony" was on July 13, 2021. The completed vessel (hull and superstructure) was launched/floated out from drydock at Mariotti's Genoa yard (Genova Industrie Navali) on August 10. The "champagne" ceremony was attended by the "madrina" Jarda Versloot-West (Seabourn Expeditions' Senior Manager), Josh Leibowitz (Seabourn's President) and Marco Ghiglione (Shipyard's Managing Director). Then the vessel was moved to the yard's outfitting dock for final outfitting.
The Seabourn ship Venture was initially scheduled for delivery and inauguration in June 2021, but eventually postponed to Junly 2022. The sistership (Seabourn Pursuit) was initially planned for inauguration in 2022 May, then December, and eventually postponed to 2022 July).
In March 2022, Seabourn announced Seabourn Venture's godmother - Alison Levine (1966-born American mountain climber, sportswoman, polar explorer, author/"On the Edge", producer/"The Glass Ceiling" documentary, USMA instructor/US Military Academy, 2019-awarded with the "Ellis Island Medal of Honor").
Each of the ship's two mini-subs is battery-powered, with capacity 7 people (6 passengers + 1 crew pilot), max diving depth 300 m (980 ft). The submarine design features two transparent acrylic spheres (each with 3 seats) that flank the pilot's station. Passenger seats are with custom-embroidered leather and mounted on a rotating platform. Submarine's optional equipment includes a 4K (HD) underwater camera with a video recording system. The recorded footages (photos and videos) are then uploaded and projected on board (at Discovery Center's large TV screens). One 6-function robotic/manipulator arm has max lifting capacity 32 kg (70,5 pounds) is mounted on minisub's side. Each minisub has Bluetooth stereo, champagne chiller, two air-conditioning systems, imaging sonar, advanced navigation system.
In April 2019, Seabourn contracted ABB Group (Swiss-Swedish corporation specializing in robotics, marine electrical power equipment, and automation technologies) to provide both ships' propulsion systems. The equipment integrates main diesel generators, switchboards, converters, remote control systems, plus two 6-MW Azipod (azimuth propulsion units), bow thruster motors and "ABB Ability 800xA". ABB Ability is a remote diagnostic system using Microsoft Azure (cloud computing). It monitors the ship's electrical systems and is connected 24-7 to ABB's infrastructure ashore (Collaborative Operations Center). The system monitors all linked devices and sends real-time data analytics for maintenance (predictive and planned) and online support. The contract was signed by Rick Meadows (Seabourn's President), Marco Ghiglione (T.Mariotti's Managing Director) and Marcus Hogblom (Director of ABB's Passenger Vessel division).
The financing deal for both Seabourn newbuilds (Venture and Pursuit) was signed in late-June 2019. The money transaction (to Mariotti Group) for the newbuilds was done by Intesa Sanpaolo SpA (Italian banking group), Banca IMI (part of Intesa Sanpaolo) and Mediocredito Italiano SpA (Italian commercial bank).
The new ship's operations had to start with two ex-UK itineraries scheduled for April 2022. Prices started from USD 35190 (EUR 29920 / GBP 25610) per person with double occupancy. However, in February 2022, Seabourn announced that Venture's Maiden Voyage is once again postponed - from April 10th to July 15th, 2022 (out of London-Greenwich) due to COVID crisis-related global supply chain disruptions. The last cancellations affected 10x voyages.
(Maiden Voyage 2022/canceled) 24-day UK to Norway. This itinerary is actually a B2B that combines two consecutive sailings - the 12-day "Wild and Ancient British Isles Voyage" (London to Edinburgh) and the 12-day "Scottish and Norse Legends Expedition" (Edinburgh to Tromso).
|Date / Time||Port|
|11 Apr 12:00||Departing from London-Greenwich, England|
|13 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||St Mary's Island, Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England|
|14 Apr 09:00 - 17:00||Dublin, Ireland|
|15 Apr 06:00 - 10:00||Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland|
|15 Apr 13:00 - 23:00||Isle of Islay, Port Ellen, Scotland|
|16 Apr 07:00 - 12:00||Isle of Staffa, Scotland|
|16 Apr 14:00 - 18:00||Isle of Iona, Scotland|
|17 Apr 07:00 - 11:00||Lunga Island, Treshnish Isles, Scotland|
|17 Apr 14:00 - 18:00||Isle of Mull, Craignure-Fionnphort-Tobermory, Scotland|
|18 Apr 07:00 - 18:00||St Kilda Islands, Scotland|
|19 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland|
|20 Apr 08:00 - 23:00||Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland|
|21 Apr 07:00 - 12:00||Copinsay Island, Orkney Scotland|
|22 Apr 07:00 - 23 Apr 01:00 (overnight)||Leith-Edinburgh, Scotland|
|24 Apr 07:00 - 11:30||Fair Isle, Shetland Scotland|
|24 Apr 14:30 - 18:00||Mousa Island, Shetland Scotland|
|24 Apr 20:00 - 25 Apr 12:00 (overnight)||Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland|
|25 Apr 13:00 - 18:00||Isle of Noss, Shetland Scotland|
|26 Apr 10:00 - 21:00||Bergen, Norway|
|27 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Flam, Norway|
|28 Apr 07:00 - 12:00||Runde Island, Norway|
|28 Apr 14:00 - 20:00||Alesund, Norway|
|29 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Trondheim, Norway|
|30 Apr 08:00 - 11:00||Bronnoysund, Norway|
|30 Apr 14:00 - 17:00||Vega Islands, Norway|
|01 May 07:00 - 14:00||Svolvaer, Austvagoya Island, Lofoten Norway|
|01 May 16:00 - 18:00||Trollfjord, Norway|
|03 May||Nordkapp-North Cape, Norway|
|03 May 06:00 - 09:00||Storstappen, Gjesvaerstappan Islands, Norway|
|03 May 10:30 - 16:00||Skarsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway|
|04 May 07:00||Arriving in Tromso, Norway|
Inaugural cruise itineraries 2021 (CANCELED)
Due to Coronavirus-related shipbuilding yard's closures, Seabourn Venture's inaugural cruise was rescheduled from July 5 to December 11, 2021, and a total of 39 itineraries were canceled. In August 2021 were canceled 12 more departures (the entire winter 2021-2022 season in Norway).
Next are listed the canceled voyages with prices per person in USD (double-occupancy cabin rates).
- 2021 / Jul 5 (10 days) from Lisbon to London-Greenwich ($8500)
- Jul 16 (22 days) from London-Greenwich to Longyearbyen
- Jul 16 (11 days) from London-Greenwich to Tromso
- Jul 27 (25 days) from Tromso to Reykjavik($32400)
- Jul 27 (11 days) from Tromso to Longyearbyen
- Aug 7 (28 days) from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik($32900)
- Aug 7 (14 days) from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
- Aug 21 (28 days) Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq ($28500)
- Aug 21 (14 days) "Legend of the Icelandic Sagas Cruise" roundtrip from Reykjavik( $18000)
- Sept 4 (28 days) from Reykjavik to St Johns NL Canada ($32000)
- Sept 4 (14 days) from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
- Sept 18 (24 days) from Kangerlussuaq to Bridgetown Barbados ($22400)
- Sept 18 (14 days) from Kangerlussuaq to St Johns NL Canada
- Oct 2 (24 days) from St Johns NL to Callao Peru ($15000)
- Oct 2 (10 days) from St Johns NL to Bridgetown Barbados ($6000)
- Oct 12 (26 days) from Bridgetown to San Antonio Chile ($19000)
- Oct 12 (14 days) from Bridgetown to Callao Peru ($10000)
- Oct 27 (29 days) from Callao to Ushuaia Argentina ($29500)
- Oct 27 (11 days) from Callao to San Antonio ($10000)
- Nov 7 (18 days) from San Antonio to Ushuaia
- Nov 25 and Dec 5 (10 days) "The Great White Continent Cruise" Antarctica roundtrip from Ushuaia ($11000)
- Dec 23 (14 days) from Tromso to Copenhagen ($16990)
- 2022 / Jan 6, Jan 30, Feb 23, Mar 19, Apr 12 (12 days) from Copenhagen to Tromso ($12140)
- 2022 / Jan 18, Mar 7, Mar 31 (12 days) from Tromso to Copenhagen ($12140)
- 2022 / Apr 24 (21 days) from Tromso to Longyearbyen Spitsbergen ($43690)
- 2022 / Apr 24 (10 days) roundtrip from Tromso ($9100)
In February 2021 were canceled all the 17x South America and Antarctica voyages planned for winter 2021-2022.
- US$29000 (2021 Dec 15) 20-day "Night Ultimate Holiday Antarctica and South Georgia Cruise"
- $17000 (2022 Jan 4, Jan 26) 12-day "Night Antarctica Exploration Cruise"
- $13000 (Jan 16, Feb 7) 10-day "Night The Great White Continent Cruise"
- $29000-32000 (Feb 17) 21-day from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, 27-day from Ushuaia to Rio de Janeiro
- $5000-11500 (March 10) 6-day from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, 19-day from Buenos Aires to Manaus
- $29000-32000 (March 17) 12-day from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus, 22-day from Rio de Janeiro to Iquitos
- $10000 (March 30) 9-day from Manaus to Iquitos
- $10800-15000 (April 9) 9-day from Iquitos to Manaus, 20-day from Iquitos to Praia
- $6000-13500 (April 18) 11-day from Manaus to Praia, 24-day from Manaus to London-Greenwich
- $8000 (April 30) 12-day from Praia to London-Greenwich
Next table shows the canceled 10-day Maiden Voyage scheduled for summer 2021. Prices started from USD 8500 pp.
|Date / Time||Port|
|05 Jul 17:00||Departing from Lisbon, Portugal|
|06 Jul 08:00 - 18:00||Leixoes-Oporto, Portugal|
|09 Jul 08:00 - 18:00||Saint-Malo, France|
|10 Jul 08:00 - 18:00||Cherbourg, France|
|11 Jul 08:00 - 12 Jul 15:00||Rouen, France|
|13 Jul 07:00 - 16:00||Cowes, Isle of Wight, England|
|14 Jul 08:00 - 17:00||Zeebrugge-Bruges, Belgium|
|15 Jul 07:00||Arriving in London-Greenwich, England|
Seabourn Venture's Antarctica 2021-2022 voyages were transferred to the fleetmate Seabourn Quest. Venture's program was revised (officially announced in October 2020), starting with "Norwegian Winter" itineraries (Seabourn's first-ever) and featuring Norway's Northern Lights experience.
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