Seabourn has marked the cutting of the steel for the brand’s second ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship at the T. Mariotti shipyard.
A sister ship to Seabourn Venture, the second as-yet-unnamed expedition cruise ship is scheduled to launch in 2022, a year after Venture.
“With two brand new ultra-luxury expedition ships now under construction, we are setting a new standard of luxury and adventure,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn.
“This milestone further underscores our commitment to the expedition travel category and I’m confident these ships will deliver extraordinary expedition experiences,” he added.
The ships have been designed for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalized service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.
Like Seabourn Venture, the second ultra-luxury expedition ship will feature the unique Bow Lounge concept, and an on-board submarine that comes complete with champagne.
“The first steel cut for the second Seabourn expedition vessel, while Seabourn Venture is already under construction, enhances the enthusiasm even more for the successful and long lasting cooperation with Seabourn,” said Marco Ghiglione, managing director for T. Mariotti.
“Now more than ever, we are committed to make it extraordinary and possible, with the highest standard of beauty, comfort and safety,” he added.
Both Seabourn Venture-class ships will be designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include an array of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities.
Both ships will carry 24 Zodiacs onboard, giving them the flexibility to take all guests on a Zodiac tour at once, should conditions present a window of opportunity. Each ship will feature 132 luxurious ocean front veranda suites.
Adam D. Tihany has developed the design vision for public areas and all categories of luxurious guest suites, as well as a bespoke furniture collection.
Both expedition vessels will feature an onboard crew that will include outstanding and well-traveled expedition teams comprised of highly regarded wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists.
During each sailing, team members regularly interact with guests, providing keen insight to deliver a rich holistic travel experience.
These experts are also part of the Seabourn Conversations program, providing in-depth insights into the history, ecology and culture of the places they visit.