Seabourn Unveils First Stunning Public Spaces on New Ultra-Luxury Purpose-Built Expedition Ships

  SEATTLE, April 9, 2019 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, 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, respectively. The work of design icon Adam D. Tihany, the Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, Landing Zone, and Atrium are masterfully designed spaces that will act as the communal hub on Seabourn Venture and another yet-to-be-named sister ship. The …

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They once said that small, luxury ships would not be profitable, but now they are building more

In a scene that plays out each evening on cruise ships all over the world, during a recent voyage I popped into a bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. My request was a Jack Daniels on the rocks. How the next scene plays out depends on your choice of ships. If your ship is operated by a budget cruise line or most premium lines, the price of that drink would range from about $8, as measured by a …

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On a luxury cruise in the Arabian Sea, on the lookout for pirates

Pirates seldom dominate our thoughts beyond movie myths and Halloween costumes, but real pirates still threaten danger for the unwary. As my ship, the 600-passenger luxury Seabourn Encore, cruised recently on the Gulf of Aden, with Yemen to the north and Somalia to the south, the ship’s crew prepared for a pirate attack. Passengers, too, were ready, with a set of instructions about when and where to go to hide if the captain sent us a signal. …

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Lovely, lovely food on the Seabourn Odyssey with lots of variation

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – It is kind of funny, but most people on this ship are repeaters so as soon as they board they already know where everything is, including their favorite bar, favorite place to read or favorite place to eat. They even know who they want to play Trivia with. They never refer to the deck plan. But we were new to the Odyssey, so it took us many days to figure out the …

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These cruisers are loyal to Seabourn, for all sorts of reasons

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Last evening we chatted with Capt. Bob Sample from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. A former pilot for British Airways, he is age 86 and traveling alone on his fifth Seabourn cruise. He has already signed up for another one this summer in the Med and confided that he is bringing his new lady friend along. At lunch today we met Eleanor and Dave from Ft. Worth, Texas, traveling with her parents, …

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Many days at sea, what do people do to stay occupied on the Seabourn Odyssey?

(Today’s coffee special is a hazelnut latte) ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – We have now had several days at sea on board the Odyssey and life is falling into sort of a pattern. People are involving themselves in all sorts of activities – or not – depending on their interests. One fact we have already learned is that lots of these passengers book these crossings every year. In fact, the cruise sales specialist already appears to be …

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Lovely Funchal…our only port on this 12-day Atlantic Ocean crossing

(Christmas lights twinkle as we sail from Funchal, Madeira) ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Yesterday was our only port day on this trip. We visited Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. The last time we visited Funchal, on another transatlantic crossing, I was feeling unwell and did not go ashore. Chet went then and participated in an excursion that included a gondola ride to the hill station of Monte and then a ride down …

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Team Trivia: A surprise highlight of our first sea day on the Seabourn Odyssey

ABOARD THE SEABOURN ODYSSEY – Okay, so what letter in the Greek alphabet is the name of a famous movie star? Delta? That was my first guess, but I went back to my sorority days and ran through that alphabet in my head and then whispered, “No, I have it!” and scribbled “Zeta” so that my team members could read it and approve…or not. They did, and Catharine Zeta Jones won us 20 points in Team Trivia. …

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Cruising again, this time a transatlantic crossing on Seabourn

This morning I received a blog post from Jackie Finch, one of this website’s prolific writers, telling about her upcoming cruise on the Regal Princess. That was coincidental, as I was just sitting down to write my article about my upcoming cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey. To explain: Before one of our writers leaves on a trip, we publish a pre-cruise article that tells a bit about the ship and the cruise itself. We typically include a …

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Seabourn to offer spa and wellness programs with integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil

Seabourn, in partnership with The Onboard Spa by Steiner, has created a fleet-wide mindful living program offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being. The new Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil program will be the first-ever of its kind at sea. The new program will be led by the newly established position, The Wellness Guide. The Guide, will be a certified yoga and meditation practitioner who will …

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