Seabourn has given travelers their first glimpse of select public spaces on its two new ultra-luxury, purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022.
The Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, and Landing Zone are new spaces for Seabourn and are designed to act as the communal hub aboard Seabourn Venture and another yet-to-be-named sister ship. In the Expedition Lounge, guests will find custom furniture designed in a variety of warm and natural materials, a bar serving complimentary cocktails and wine, plus two large touchscreens that will display information including photos, navigational charts, weather charts, and maps. The Discovery Center, which is adjacent to the Expedition Lounge on Deck 4, acts as the teaching and academic center for natural history and cultural programming in an area spacious enough to accommodate all guests at the same time. Each day, guests can visit this venue for lectures, briefings, and Seabourn Conversations enrichment programming designed to help educate them throughout their expedition experience. In addition, audio-visual experiences will be showcased for each destinations, as well as footage from daily submarine voyages. The Landing Zone, commonly known as a mud room, has been designed with functionality and accessibility in mind featuring a durable material palette and located at an optimum location on the ship that allows guests direct access to one of the 24 Zodiacs available for off-ship adventures. In tropical destinations, the Landing Zones will also be used for snorkeling and similar activities, with storage space for fins and masks.
Although not new to Seabourn, the cruise line also revealed details of the Atrium that each of these new ships will feature. On Seabourn’s expedition ships, the sky lit space will continue the wood and metal detailing present throughout the ship with details such as ropework in place of more traditional spindles and a topography-inspired wall treatment. Suspended at the center of the Atrium and echoed again at its base is an art display emulating traditional wind measuring instruments.
“When you conjure up images of the ideal adventure trip, you would head out into the stunning wilderness for the day knowing that when you return a cozy, welcoming space filled with luxurious materials like leathers and rich woods that invites relaxation and conversation awaits you,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s president, in press materials. “Each of these newly designed spaces hits that note perfectly, leaving our guests wanting for nothing and giving them an inviting place to talk to fellow travelers each day about the incredible experiences they had, sharing memorable stories or viewing photos they took.”