Seabourn will launch cruises from Greece out of Athens beginning 3 July, open to fully vaccinated guests.
The luxury line is the first of Carnival Corp's US-based brands to announce a resumption of service outside of the US, following similar moves by Crystal Cruises, Royal Caribbean Group brands and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Seabourn expects significant demand for the cruises, said the line's vice president of global sales, Steve Smotrys, in a note to travel advisors. "As you can imagine, the excitement and anticipation for these sailings is significant," he said.
The Seabourn Ovation will operate a seven-day itinerary to Nafplion on the Peloponnese; the Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos; and Limassol, Cyprus. On another itinerary, the ship will visit Paphos, Cyprus, and the Greek islands of Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini and Spetses. Each sailing also includes a sea day.
Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, said, "We're grateful to the people of Greece for welcoming Seabourn back to the Mediterranean this summer."
Seabourn said it is finalising additional details for these voyages, including information on its shoreside experiences, which it will share in the coming weeks.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said that while the line still has no plans to restart outside of US borders, it "may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations, which have been on pause for over a year".
"We appreciate the continued patience and support from our loyal guests, travel advisors and business partners as we work on a return-to-service solution," she said in a statement.
Duffy late last month said that Carnival had no plans to "move our ships away from their US homeports. I've always said Carnival Cruise Line is America's cruise line," she said.
This week on 6 Apr, Carnival extended its operations pause from US ports through 30 June.
Source: Travel Weekly