CruiseThe new Seabourn Venture is the first of the luxury cruise line's two purpose-built expedition ships.

Seabourn prepares to Venture on ultra-luxury expeditions

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Seabourn Venture was built by T. Mariotti, with interiors designed by Adam Tihany.
Seabourn Venture was built by T. Mariotti, with interiors designed by Adam Tihany. Photo Credit: Seabourn

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has taken ownership of its first expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, during an official handover maritime ceremony at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

The first of the line’s two purpose-built, ultra-luxury expedition ships, Seabourn Venture features 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites and interiors designed by Adam Tihany. Its voyages are slated for the world's most remote destinations, from the polar regions in the Arctic to the southernmost continent of Antarctica, some of which are only accessed by ship.

With this in mind, the ship has been built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include cutting-edge hardware and technology that will extend the ship’s global deployment and range of expedition capabilities, which will be led by a 26-person team of scientists, scholars, naturalists, and more.

The ship will offer complimentary Seabourn Expedition amenities such as Zodiac cruises, hikes, nature walks, scuba diving, and snorkelling, as well as additional complimentary excursions.

In addition, the ship will offer optional shore excursions and optional activities, with double sea kayaks, 24 Zodiacs, and custom-built submersibles, at select destinations, enabling guests to experience close-up views of wildlife and marine life.

Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, and Marco Ghiglione, managing director, T. Mariotti Shipyard, shake on Seabourn Venture's delivery.
Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, and Marco Ghiglione, managing director, T. Mariotti Shipyard, shake on Seabourn Venture's delivery.

“Today is so incredibly special and important as we take ownership of our first ultra-luxury expedition ship and welcome Seabourn Venture to the Seabourn family,” said Seabourn president Josh Leibowitz, during the ship's handover ceremony.

“Someone well known in the cruise industry said, ‘She is not another expedition ship or a luxury cruise ship. She is #SeabournVenture and when she begins sailing next month, she will be the world’s finest luxury expedition ship.’ I totally agree with him,” said Marco Ghiglione, managing director of T. Mariotti. “Seabourn Venture is the fairest one of all, ice class PC6 certified to call polar routes."

The Seabourn Venture's sister ship, the Seabourn Pursuit, is slated to debut in 2023.

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