Seabourn has celebrated the keel laying for its first luxury expedition ship, the Seabourn Venture, during a ceremony held at the T Mariotti shipyard in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy.
“This milestone is always an exciting moment, as it represents another step forward in a new chapter of expedition cruising for Seabourn and our guests,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “I am incredibly proud of the way our fleet has continued to evolve and deliver over more than three decades of the finest cruise experience on the seas. As Seabourn Venture continues to take shape, we look forward to revealing more details and highlights of her progress over the months to come.”
Seabourn Venture is scheduled to debut in June 2021. A second Seabourn expedition vessel, still to be named, is scheduled to launch in May 2022. Together, the ships will offer guests expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury amenities and personalised service.
Both vessels are being built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include an array of modern hardware and technology that will extend their global deployment and capabilities, including two custom-built submarines on each ship to provide views of the world beneath the ocean’s surface.
“T Mariotti’s commitment and dedication to the construction of the first ultra-luxury expedition vessel for Seabourn is high and for this I would like to thank all those who have long been working on this ambitious project,” says Marco Ghiglione, managing director of T Mariotti. “After an intense design phase, this marks a new step forward in the process of building the ship, marking the result of a well-established collaboration with a major partner like Seabourn.”
Hospitality designer Adam D Tihany is designing the public areas and all categories of the ship’s 132 oceanfront veranda suites, including the two-storey Grand Wintergarden Suite, as well as a bespoke furniture collection for both expedition vessels.