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Seabourn Venture, the first of Seabourn’s two new purpose-built PC6 ultra-luxury expedition ships, has set off on its maiden voyage, marking the beginning of a busy 2022-2023 season. Sister ship Seabourn Pursuit is due to launch in 2023.

“Exploration has always been part of our brand legacy, but the launch of Seabourn Venture turns the page on a new chapter for us, offering our guests opportunities to explore remote destinations in every corner of the globe and truly be a part of the natural wonders, wildlife, history, and culture they’ll find there,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, in a press statement.

Seabourn Venture’s inaugural journey is a 12-day tour of the Northern Isles, departing from Norway and heading to the Arctic and the remote Svalbard Archipelago. The vessel will spend its first Arctic season exploring Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on a series of 12- to 15-day voyages. Guests will have a chance to see the world’s largest and longest fjord system at Scoresby Sound in Greenland, Pond Inlet—the eastern entry to the Northwest Passage and much more.

After three months in the Arctic, Seabourn Venture will make its way south to the warmer waters of the Caribbean, Central America, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, where guests can snorkel, kayak and hop in Zodiacs to get close to the wildlife along the coast. Among the voyages offered is the 26-day Sailing The Panama Canal & The Humboldt Route cruise from Bridgetown, Barbados to San Antonio (Santiago), Chile, departing on Oct. 22, 2022, where guests can travel “the world’s greatest shortcut” (a.k.a. The Panama Canal) between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, see the famous pre-Columbian Nazca Lines and visit a penguin reserve in Humboldt. Prices start at $17,999 per person.   

Next, Seabourn Venture will head to the Antarctic from November 2022 to February 2023 for a series of 11- to 22-day journeys, including the 13-day Antarctic Exploration, which departs from Buenos Aires and takes passengers to various Antarctic destinations including the Aitcho Islands to see the chinstrap and gentoo penguins, gliding cape, giant petrels and the  occasional Weddell seal. Guests can explore the region via guided kayak tours (priced at $199) or get up close and personal with the marine life from the comfort of a submersible ($999).  

After leaving the Antarctic, the ship will travel to Brazil and the Amazon for a series of 7- to 12-day voyages between February and March 2023.  

Seabourn Venture has 132 oceanfront suites, each with a private veranda and a personal suite stewardess. It is equipped for exploration with two custom-built submarines, 24 zodiacs, kayaks, plus a 26-person Expedition Team that features world-renowned scientists, historians, wildlife experts and naturalists. 

Seabourn is currently promoting a series of offers, including the Sail Away Event in which guests will receive a Complimentary Two-Category Veranda Suite Upgrade and a Reduced Deposit if they book by Aug. 31, 2022. The company is also offering 10 percent discounts on select sailings for both new and existing bookings if guests book and pay in full. 

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