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Seabourn has taken delivery of its first purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, from Italian shipbuilder T. Mariotti. The PC6 Polar Class vessel is due to set sail for its maiden voyage around Norway in late July. 

In a press statement, Seabourn president Josh Leibowitz said Seabourn Venture “will raise the bar in ultra-luxury expedition travel”, a sentiment shared by T. Mariotti’s managing director Marco Ghiglione, who called the vessel “the fairest one of all.”

Seabourn Venture features 132 ocean-facing suites, all with verandas, two restaurants, four lounges, a teaching center, gym, spa and wellness center and a pool. For sea and shore excursions, the ship boasts two custom-built submarines, double kayaks and 24 Zodiacs. Excursions, led by a team of scientists, naturalists and scholars, include hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling.  

After its inaugural 12-day voyage around Norway, the ship will travel around Iceland and Greenland in August before sailing to the Canadian Arctic in September and then to Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Martinique, Barbados, Colombia and through the Panama Canal to Ecuador, Peru and Chile. In December the ship will offer cruises to Antarctica. 

Mariotti is building a second expedition ship, Seabourn Pursuit, for the cruise line, which is due to be delivered in 2023.   

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