Seabourn Announces Plans For New Expedition Ships

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SeabournSeabourn announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new expedition ships with a new partnership between shipbuilders T.Mariotti and Damen, who will collaborate on the construction of the vessels.

The 170-meter, 23,000-gross-ton vessels will add new capacity for the cruise line in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other exotic destinations around the world, while meeting PC6 Polar Class standards. Each will feature 132 oceanfront veranda suites, which will accommodate up to 264 guests. The first delivery is expected in June 2021 and the second ship is anticipated in May 2022.

“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travelers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, in press materials.

As vessels built exclusively for expedition travel, the new ships will be designed to carry two submarines onboard, plus kayaks and 24 Zodiac inflatable boats. Seabourn will announce design and service details for the new ships later this year. Although specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in early 2019, the first ship is currently planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.

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