Northern Europe - Copenhagen

Why You Should Cruise Northern Europe With Seabourn

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Celebrate summer in Scandinavia’s capitals and quaint towns. Stockholm cafes set tables on the sidewalks. Oslo and Helsinki bloom with brilliant flowers and the sounds of children. Gilded fountains sparkle at St. Petersburg’s Summer Palace. Glide between towering cliffs in Norway’s Trollfjord. There’s no lovelier season than a Scandinavian summer, and no better way to experience it than on Seabourn.

1. Hand-selected itineraries include boutique ports, sheltered coves and hidden harbors where larger ships cannot go

2. Both Seabourn Quest and the Seabourn Ovation will be sailing in the region, giving you a wide choice of itineraries and departure dates

3. In-depth explorations of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, mixing history, the arts and sheer natural beauty

4. Exciting Iceland and Greenland voyages, including many maiden ports on unique cruises to and from Reykjavik, Iceland

5. More optional Ventures by Seabourn™ excursions available in select destinations expressly curated to provide ample opportunities
for active kayaking, Zodiac cruising and scenic trekking experiences

6. Shopping with the Chef excursions in Bergen, Oslo, Dublin, Helsinki, Reykjavík, Nuuk and Stockholm allow you to learn about regional markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected, with an expert Seabourn chef as your guide

7. Regionally inspired cuisine using local seasonal produce

8. Seabourn’s Signature culinary event, the Galley Market Lunch▲ — a tour de force of temptation guaranteed to please any palate

9. Let’s Dance! deck party, Caviar on the Ice and other special deck events

10. Seabourn Conversations with special guest speakers, including our knowledgeable Expedition Team including Naturalists, a Marine
Biologist, Kayak Guide, Historian, Ornithologist and more

11. Optional 3-day mid-cruise excursion in St. Petersburg, With exclusive content though partnership with UNESCO

12. Optional excursion Exclusive Visit to Stonehenge: A UNESCO Partner Tour, from Portland. Through our partnership, this tour providing you access before the site opens for general admission to venture beyond the ropes and walk among the stones, with your guide

13. Shore excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites with enhanced content through an exclusive partnership, including Historic Center (Old Town) of Tallinn, The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh and more

14. Expedition team on deck helping spot wildlife, outfitted with high precision, long-range Swarovski Optik binoculars for complimentary use

 

Enhance and extend your Northern Europe VOYAGE with an optional shore excursion, Ventures by Seabourn excursions or mid-cruise tour. Here is a sampling of some of favorites.

Svolvaer (Lofoten), Norway — Ventures by Seabourn: Lofoten Exploration and Trollfjord by Zodiac
Depart from the ship in Zodiacs, to cruise the spectacular Lofoten Islands and fjords of Norway with a resident naturalist. Artists flock to the Lofoten archipelago for its stunning light, majestic peaks, sea – and skyscapes and lovely beaches. You’ll step ashore at one of these as naturalists interpret the flora and fauna, perhaps including resident moose. Then Zodiac northward to Trollfjord, and
watch Seabourn Quest enter the steep, narrow passage from sea level before re-boarding.

Stavanger, Norway — Ventures by Seabourn: Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock Hike
Perhaps no scene is more iconic to Norway’s fjords than the view from flat-topped Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, towering 2,000 ft (604
m) above Lysefjord. Take a short ferry crossing to the village of Tau and a scenic transfer to the trailhead at Preikestolhytta. Then a two hour hike of 2.4 miles (3.8 km) ascending 1,100 ft (330 m) will find you standing atop Pulpit Rock and taking in the spectacular view of Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains. Then descend down the trail to return to your ship.

Qaqortoq, Greenland — Ventures by Seabourn: Hvalsey Norse Ruins by Zodiac
Depart Qaqortoq by Zodiac with a resident archaeologist and naturalists, exploring the coastline to the head of the fjord. Landing
at a jetty, scramble up and discover the nearby ruins of the Hvalsey farm and church, where a marriage in 1408 supplied the last written record of Norse presence in Greenland. Amid the ruins, the archaeologist will conjure for you the site as it was in the past,
surrounded by dwarf willows and harebells, perhaps with ghostly icebergs floating just off the gravel beach.

St. Petersburg, Russia — Extraordinary St. Petersburg & Moscow: A 3-Day UNESCO Partner Tour
In St. Petersburg, visit Catherine’s Palace and its Amber Room. Continue to the Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Then explore
the spectacular Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood before returning to your ship. Next day, take the high-speed train to Moscow to tour the Kremlin’s palaces, cathedrals and resplendent Armory museum, as well as Red Square, before returning by train. On day three, tour the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace and its Treasury Diamond Room, and the Summer Palace and fountain gardens at Peterhof.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Seabourn to Return to Alaska & British Columbia for Summer 2019

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Seabourn to Return to Alaska & British Columbia for Summer 2019 Offering Guests an Unparalleled Immersion in the Great Land

SEATTLE, September 19, 2018 – The 2018 Alaska and British Columbia travel season is coming to an end, but it’s not too early to start contemplating a trip to experience the best of “The Great Land” in 2019. Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, will be taking your clients to see the vast wilderness as it winds its way through the region again next summer.

Inspired by the success of the past two seasons and in response to high guest demand, Seabourn has curated an enriching and altogether exciting line up of 11-, 12- and 14-day Alaska and British Columbia cruises onboard Seabourn Sojourn. With just 10 departures scheduled through the season, running from June to October 2019, only about 4,500 lucky guests will be able to enjoy the region in Seabourn style next year, making early booking an imperative.

“There is so much wilderness and wildlife to see and discover in Alaska and British Columbia, and our guests can’t get enough of it,” said Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales. “We’re excited to be heading north in 2019 for the third year in a row, and to offer the Ultimate Alaska experience, showing your luxury clients just how beautiful and remarkable the region is while sailing on the finest resort at sea.”

 

Itinerary highlights of Seabourn’s 2019 season in Alaska and British Columbia include:

· Ultimate Alaska Sojourn – An 11-day voyage northbound from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage (Seward), Alaska. Three departures from June to August will feature Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines/Skagway and Juneau, as well as scenic cruising to Tracy/Endicott Arm and Misty Fjords. Departures June 7, July 14, August 20.

· Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure – A 14-day cruise sailing southbound from Anchorage (Seward), Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three departures from June to September will begin with scenic cruising of the beautiful Kenai Fjords and Aialik Glacier before visiting Alaska’s marquee ports and adding Prince Rupert and the First Nations villages of Klemtu and Alert Bay in British Columbia’s breathtaking Inside Passage. Departures June 18, July 25, August 31.

· Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage – A 12-day round-trip Vancouver voyage sailing four times between July and September. These voyages visit Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Juneau in Alaska and traverse the beautiful Canadian Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, Klemtu and Alert Bay en-route back to Vancouver. Departures July 2, August 8, September 14, September 26.

All the 2019 voyages will offer optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn shore excursions featuring guided Zodiac cruising and kayak excursions launched directly from the ship, as well as hiking and wildlife viewing. Guests will not only enjoy glaciers, fjords and rustic Alaskan ports that every Alaska cruiser expects, but also signature “hidden gems” that larger ships cannot access. These excursions will be led by Seabourn Sojourn’s expedition team of naturalists, science, wildlife and historical experts. They will also interact with guests throughout each sailing, including complimentary formal presentations as part of the Seabourn Conversations program, and on deck, pointing out, interpreting and enhancing desirable locations as well as in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure.

Depending on the itinerary, Seabourn’s Alaska & British Columbia voyages include calls to rarely visited locations such as Alert Bay and Klemtu, a town of fewer than 500 people belonging to the Kitasoo Native Band and where your clients will enjoy an exclusive cultural experience as an inclusion of the voyage. Access towering forests along the Inland Passage and the graceful breaching of humpback whales in the Kenai Fjords. Guests can explore cities and towns including the state capital of Juneau, colorful Ketchikan, and historical Sitka, whose Tlingit roots go back 10,000 years. In certain areas such as Misty Fjords, they will be able to explore wildlife-rich waterways, forested mountain vistas and lacy waterfalls up close via Ventures by Seabourn excursions.

Each of the 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises will include complimentary Seabourn all-weather jackets; inspiring Seabourn Conversations with special onboard guest speakers; opportunities for frequent wildlife sightings from the ship and shore; and a “Caviar on the Ice” deck party and other special deck events.

In addition, Seabourn offers your clients the opportunity to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, an exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed overland adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.

At the end of the season, don’t miss a repeat of Pacific Gold Coast, an eight-day voyage southbound from Vancouver to Los Angeles, with stops in Seattle, Wash.; Victoria, B.C.; San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Barbara, California. Departure October 8.

Seabourn Ovation To Call On Exotic Destinations, UNESCO Sites And More

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Seabourn Ovation To Call On Exotic Destinations, UNESCO Sites And More During First-Ever Asia Cruise Season

SEATTLE, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, will return to Asia in late 2018 and early 2019 with an exciting schedule of voyages aboard its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. From the natural splendors of Vietnam and Thailand to the modern skylines and urban culture of Hong Kong and Singapore, the yacht-like ship will visit an array of exotic destinations and fascinating cities, as well as offer a variety of optional shore excursions and pre-and post-cruise Seabourn Journeys to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in this inspiring part of the world.

“Asia has so many cities and towns on the must-see list of travelers and it’s easy to see why, with its diverse culture, rich history and beautiful landscapes and scenery,” said Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales. “We designed the voyages for Seabourn Ovation’s inaugural season in Asia to take travelers to many of the most intriguing cities, including a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while sailing on the world’s finest resort at sea.”

Seabourn Ovation’s first season in Asia will begin in Singapore with a series of five 14-day Vietnam & Thailand voyages between Singapore and Hong Kong (departing December 22, 2018, and January 5, January 19, February 16 and March 2, 2019). These itineraries will feature a coveted overnight stay at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, bustling with culture and French colonial architecture that is also a gateway to a visit on the Mekong Delta. The voyages will also feature the line’s popular Caviar in the Surf beach parties at Ko Kood in Thailand, a quaint island with sweeping sand beaches, as well as an extended day at scenic Halong Bay in Vietnam, allowing for optional excursions to the capital city of Hanoi with its blend of Asian and French heritage.

The season will also include a 14-day Gems of the South China Sea voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore (departing February 2, 2019), visiting destinations such as Xiamen, China and an overnight call in Manila, Philippines, providing options for appealing 28-day combo cruises with the Vietnam & Thailand voyages.

Seabourn Ovation is the second of two ships designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany. The ship features all oceanfront suites with private verandas, along with modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance, as well as one additional deck, expanded public areas and a brand-new, al fresco dining venue, “Earth & Ocean at The Patio™”.

 

Seabourn Sojourn will also sail in Asia as part of its Extended Explorations voyages, which allow a more in-depth experience in a particular region. The season includes:

“Jewels of Southeast Asia”: Singapore to Shanghai (Departs April 10;18 Days) – Sail to ports in Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China including Hong Kong, as well as Taiwan, and Ishigaki, Japan.

Seabourn will offer travelers many opportunities and unique experiences to discover the region, with special programming such as Shopping with the Chef excursions, which allow guests to learn about local food markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected. The ships’ talented culinary team will also whip up regionally inspired cuisine using local seasonal produce and seafood. To further enhance the guest experience, the voyages will also feature a number of special guest speakers, including historian and destination experts as part of the line’s Seabourn Conversations program, who will provide valuable insight and knowledge of this captivating region.

In addition, thanks to Seabourn’s relationship as the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage, the itineraries will offer optional shore excursions to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring enhanced content and providing more opportunities for guests to experience the local culture and history. Sample shore excursions to UNESCO World Heritage sites include Ha Long Bay in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin while sailing by some of an estimated 1,969 islands. Others may choose a three-day mid-cruise overland tour to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia that was once the center of the Khymer Kingdom. A full list of excursions is available on the Seabourn website.

Seabourn will also offer a number of in-depth immersive pre and post-sailing experiences connected to these Asia itineraries. Seabourn Journeys will include: “UNESCO Treasure of China: Beijing, Xi’an & Hong Kong,” and “UNESCO Cambodia: Phnom Penh & the Temples Of Angkor”. These pre- and post-cruise land extensions allow guests additional opportunities to further explore and experience Asia and its diverse culture and sights beyond the ship.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed all-suite accommodations, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

New Cuba itineraries

Seabourn to visit Cuba in late 2019

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Seabourn To Make First-Ever Visits To Cuba Beginning In Late 2019, Visiting Unique Destinations On Four Distinct Itineraries

SEATTLE, August 9, 2018 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has received approval to begin sailing to Cuba from Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting with a 12-day cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing Miami on November 4, 2019. Seabourn becomes Carnival Corporation’s third cruise brand currently approved to sail to Cuba.

Bookings for Seabourn’s cruises to Cuba open today. Guests can choose from four separate itineraries with five different departure dates. The addition of Seabourn’s sailings will help meet the growing demand for luxury travel experiences to Cuba.

The 11-, 12-, and 14-day sailings will visit five ports in Cuba, calling at three or four on each itinerary and providing guests the ideal opportunity to discover the different regions on this vast island. All five voyages will feature overnight stops in the historic capital city Havana, offering travelers ample opportunity to see and experience this vibrant destination. The visit to Havana allows guests time to explore the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site during its 500th anniversary year and immerse themselves in a wide array of historical and cultural experiences.

“For many luxury travelers, they aim to find new places to explore and discover meaningful new cultural opportunities, and Cuba is one of the most sought-after emerging destinations for many of our guests,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “We are excited to finally be able to include Cuba in our itineraries, and our guests and travel partners have been anxiously awaiting an ultra-luxury travel experience with a wider selection of destinations in this relatively undiscovered Caribbean treasure. These Cuba itineraries are fresh and sure to satisfy the curiosity of anyone who has considered visiting.”

Seabourn Sojourn will call at five fascinating ports in Cuba throughout the season, offering ample opportunities for guests to discover history and culture, as well as several UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

· Antilla (Nipe Bay) – The entry to the deep-cut Nipe Bay passes by the Cayo Saetia National Park, a natural reservation with wide flora diversity and exotic fauna. The Holguin province offers authentic Cuban communities like San Isidoro de Holguin itself, with 18th-century churches and sleepy plazas. The Sierra del Cristal range holds lush pine forests and Pico Cristal and Mensura national parks with the twin Guayabo waterfalls, Cuba’s highest.

· Cienfuegos – One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819, yet it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable concentration of 19th century architecture. The Jagua Castle at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect ships from pirates. An overnight stay allows exploration of the city’s highlights, as well as cultural experiences and a visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

· Havana (La Habana) – Visit Cuba’s vivacious capital during its 500th anniversary in 2019. An overnight stay in the city offers ample opportunities to experience its history and enjoy the thriving music, dance and graphic arts scenes, as well connecting with artists, dancers and community projects. A highlight is Old Havana and its Fortification System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Havana invites guests to tour 16th-century plazas and Art Deco treasures in lovingly preserved vintage American cars from the 50s and 60s.

· Punta Francés, Isla de Juventud – This idyllic island is the second largest in Cuba, where Cuban vacationers snorkel and dive on coral reefs and shipwrecks in the National Marine Park. A hidden gem off the coast of Cuba, the island was once a pirate hideout. Now it supports farms dedicated to breeding sea turtles and crocodiles. The Punta del Este Caves are the “Sistine Chapel” of prehistoric Taino petroglyphs.

· Santiago de Cuba – Founded in 1515, Cuba’s cultural capital is filled with monuments of its colonial and revolutionary history, including UNESCO World Heritage Site San Pedro de la Roca Castle. Santiago will reward a two-day stay with highlights including its cathedrals and the museums of the Moncada Barracks, the Velazquez House, the Lucha Clandestina museum and the neighboring community of El Cobre and its Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. It is also the wellspring of all styles of Cuban music.

While off the ship, guests may join UNESCO Partner Tours exploring Cuba’s World Heritage cities including Santa Clara and Trinidad, the Biosphere Reserve at Las Terrazas, plus participatory excursions both by day and by night, tracing the Cuban culinary, musical and artistic heritage and including meetings with arts and community projects in Havana, Santiago and Cienfuegos. Additionally, a stop at Cienfuegos presents the opportunity for a special visit to the colonial town of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cuba’s province of Sancti Spíritus. In addition, guests can enjoy several complimentary Seabourn special events and experiences, such as Caviar in the Surf®* beach barbecues in Isla Catalina and Carambola Beach, as well as Marina Day with complimentary watersports in Isla Catalina operating directly from the back of the ship, weather and conditions permitting.

 

Specific port details of the Cuba itineraries include:

· November 4, 2019, 12-day roundtrip from Miami, includes stops in Havana, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); Port Antonio, Jamaica; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; and Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight).

· November 16 & 28, 2019, 12-day Miami to Miami, includes stops in Cienfuegos, Cuba (overnight); West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba, and Havana, Cuba (overnight).

· December 10, 2019, 11-day Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico, includes stops in Havana (La Habana), Cuba (overnight); Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba; Cienfuegos, Cuba; West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba (overnight); and Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic.

· December 21, 2019, 14-day San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami, includes stops at Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; St. John’s, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda; Carambola Beach, St. Kitts & Nevis; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Port Antonio, Jamaica; Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (overnight); Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba; and Havana, Cuba (overnight).

The deployment of the 458-guest Seabourn Sojourn to Cuba adds Seabourn to the historic launch of cruises to the island nation from the U.S. by Carnival Corporation along with sister brands Fathom, Carnival Cruise Line, and Holland America Line.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find a number of innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. These programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50’s and 60’s. Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, focusing on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other favorites like premium steaks, whole roasted chicken, and Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte.

Seabourn Quest

Seabourn offers World-Class Expedition Team on board Quest

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World-Class Expedition Team to Lead Guests of Seabourn Quest on Explorations to Antarctica & Patagonia in 2018-2019

SEATTLE, July 19, 2018 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is returning to the “White Continent” with a series of five 21- and 24- day itineraries sailing to Antarctica & Patagonia aboard Seabourn Quest between November 2018 and February 2019. Guests will experience exciting adventure and spot-on explorations through complimentary Zodiac tours and landings, along with the line’s popular Ventures by Seabourn, an optional for-charge excursion program which includes guided kayak tours launching directly from the ship.
In addition, award-winning photographers will be on board to offer digital photography coaching, providing helpful tips for guests to capture images of the incredible natural beauty. Team members will also host complimentary enrichment lectures on a variety of topics such as the indigenous wildlife and conservation topics. Through the line’s unique partnership with Swarovski Optik, Seabourn Quest’s expedition team and bridge staff will utilize high-precision, long-range binoculars to spot wildlife and view the stunning landscapes from on board the ship and ashore.

“We’ve assembled a great team to lead guests to the wonders of Antarctica & Patagonia, and their expertise and articulation will serve to make the experience all the more enriching for guests,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations & Planning for Seabourn. “Now set to embark on our sixth season to the bottom of the world, the team on Seabourn Quest will continue to create enjoyable journeys and deliver exceptional Seabourn Moments.”

Members of Seabourn’s handpicked expedition team for Antarctica & Patagonia in 2018-2019 include:

· Ignacio “Iggy” Rojas, Expedition Leader – After falling hard for travel on family trips to the Atacama Desert in Chile, Rojas moved onto the Brazilian Amazon where he earned a master’s degree in Tropical Ecology before focusing on a career in expedition cruising. With more than 20 consecutive seasons in Antarctica and a boat handler’s license earned in the harsh waters of southeastern South Africa, Rojas is well-suited to lead a new season of expeditions in the “White Continent”.

· Chris Srigley, Expedition Leader – Drawn to extreme weather conditions, Srigley spends up to nine months a year on expedition ships, including full seasons in Antarctica and the Arctic. Along with regular duties on the expedition team, he serves as a Polar Bear Guard advancing landing parties and keeping a watchful eye while guests experience natural wonders around them in places such as Svalbard, Greenland and Canada.

· Nicki D’Souza, Assistant Expedition Leader – A native of beautiful Bavaria, Germany, Nicki puts her years of experience and passion for travel to good use assisting guests with shore excursions all over the world. As an expedition leader with many maiden calls to her name, she has led voyages along the west coast of Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.

· Adam Jenkins, Assistant Expedition Leader / Lecturer – Adam has engaged in many adventures on the sea, including sailing a 27-foot sloop down the Pacific Coast and up the East Coast to Nova Scotia, crossing the Panama Canal and circumnavigating the Caribbean in between. Since 1995, he has worked with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Antarctic Program as a field biologist, expedition leader and science project manager.

· Professor Sean Todd, Lecturer – A marine mammal researcher for nearly 30 years, Todd’s areas of focus include human-marine mammal interactions, which led him to work as part of a Newfoundland-based whale disentanglement team that releases large whales from fishing gear. He has enjoyed a long career as a professional guide and naturalist, and has worked in a variety of polar and sub-polar regions, including 10 seasons in the Antarctic and 10 years in the Canadian sub-Arctic.

· Kirstie Yeager, Lecturer – Yeager has spent more than two decades focused on natural resource management and wildlife research. Her extensive background includes studying grizzly bears in Montana, Steller sea lions in Alaska, and several species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations in Antarctica. Recently she worked on long-term programs as a U.S. Antarctic Program scientist: a Weddell Seal study in the Ross Sea and a sea bird monitoring project in the Palmer Basin.

· Trevor Potts, Lecturer – A retired British teacher, Potts has worked for much of his life teaching outdoor skills to children. During the 1993-94 season, he joined successfully re-created Shackleton’s epic 1916 rescue mission from Elephant Island to South Georgia and then, in 2001, he joined another team completing Shackleton’s mountain crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stomness. He’ll tell all about those adventures, and much more, in lectures on Seabourn Quest.

· Brent Houston, Lecturer – Brent’s involvement in wildlife research and polar expedition travel for over 30 years has taken him on over 450 expeditions visiting 100 countries. He is a contributing editor and photographer for seabird and marine mammal field guides, as well as Polar books including The Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans. Among many accomplishments, in 1995 he sailed with the British Royal Navy using helicopters to photograph and document every known penguin colony along the Antarctic Peninsula, discovering two colonies and several landing sites for tourists. This is his 5th season on Seabourn Quest, which will put him over 120 trips to Antarctica.

· Paul Lazarski, Naturalist / Kayak Guide – Ever drawn to nature, Lazarski has worked and explored some of the world’s most scenic locations, including both Poles. For the past 30 years he has been a wilderness and wildlife guide, outdoor educator, historian, naturalist and Wilderness First Aid Instructor.

· Jennifer Fought, Lecturer – Certified as watercraft operator at age nine, Jennifer quickly developed a passion for the natural world and spent her younger years camping, canoeing and riding horses. With a graduate degree in Structural Geology, she has conducted research from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico to the glaciers of Greenland.

· Dr. Saskia Coulson, Photographer/Videographer – An award winning photographer, filmmaker and researcher, Coulson uses her diverse experience to explore complex global issues through visual communication and storytelling. Whatever her work, she remains fascinated by the environment, technology and culture, and is always excited to discuss how photography and video can communicate the great wonders of the world.

· Colin Tennant, Photographer/Videographer – An award winning documentary and fine art photographer, filmmaker and videographer, Tennant has traveled extensively throughout his career, undertaking assignments around the globe from Papua New Guinea to Italy to Vanuatu. His work focuses on communities and diverse cultures alongside notions of identity – collective and individual – and how these themes connect with our environment.

· Brandon Payne, Naturalist/Kayak Guide – With an intense passion for adventure and the environment first sparked at an early age, Payne has spent much of his time on the water, including as a skipper for a scuba dive company and for big wave surfers and photographers in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. By combining his passions and education in Environmental and Geographical Studies, he hopes to inspire the same appreciation for our natural environment in others.

· Professor David Walton Ph.D. – A native of the North of England, Walton is a leading voice on Antarctic conservation having authored over 110 peer reviewed scientific papers, over 250 other papers, reports and reviews, and authored or edited seven books including Antarctica: Global Science from a Frozen Continent. Along with colleagues, he is currently working on a book on politics and science in the Antarctic as well as a history of the development of British Antarctic policy.

· Robert Egelstaff, Lecturer – The Director of the Outdoor Activity Advisory Service in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Egelstaff has spent most of his adult life working professionally in the outdoors throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. He has climbed all over the world, including in the Alps, Polar regions and Himalayas, and has racked up firsts including crossing the Bering Strait by sea-kayak, circumnavigating Wales by canoe, and leading a canoe descent of Wilberforce Canyon on the Hood River in the Canadian High Arctic.

· Wolfgang Wenzel, Lecturer – After starting his career researching marine biology, Wenzel discovered his passion for expedition cruising and took his first trip as a lecturer on a cruise to Canada and the United States in 1997. He eventually found his way to Arctic and Antarctic waters, as well as the mighty Amazon and the Pacific. These days, he spends most of his time as a naturalist on cruise ships sharing his passion for popular science and travelling with guests of all ages.

· Dr. Seelye Martin, Lecturer – For 30 years, Martin has studied sea ice, icebergs, and the ice caps of Greenland and Antarctica. With a Ph.D. earned at Johns Hopkins University, his interests include the climate-forced decreases in the extent of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, iceberg behavior and properties, the interaction of ocean waves and sea ice, and sea-level increases caused by melting ice caps.

· Dr. Claudia Niemeyer, Lecturer – Always passionate about the ocean, Niemeyer studied veterinary medicine, avian residency, and conducted extensive research in emerging viruses and diseases in seabirds and how human impact and growing sea pollution is damaging their health status. The coasts of Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Antarctica are but a handful of the amazing places her research has taken her.

· Dr. Anton Wolfaardt, Lecturer – A conservation scientist for two-and-a-half decades, Wolfaardt has focused most of his research on seabirds and island ecosystems. His interest and experience in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments and their conservation is broad in scope.

 

Additional team members will join select sailings periodically throughout the 2018-2019 season.

Seabourn Quest’s 2018-2019 season in Antarctica & Patagonia will include one additional sailing over previous seasons for a total of five 21- to 24-day voyages between San Antonio (Santiago), Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina beginning November 29, 2018. Each cruise includes days exploring the Chilean coast and fjords, Beagle Channel, Glacier Alley, the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, Montevideo and six days of cruising and landings on the Antarctic Continent in uncompromised Seabourn luxury. A 24-day Holiday version, departing Dec. 20, 2018, will include two days exploring the sub-Antarctic wildlife on South Georgia, renowned for its beauty and its vast, teeming rookeries of king penguins and other seabirds, as well as breeding elephant and fur seals.

The line has plans to expand its offerings in Antarctica, the Arctic and other exotic destinations around the world with two new ultra-luxury expedition ships planned to launch in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to a unique partnership, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

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Celebrate The Holidays Aboard One Of Seabourn’s Five Ultra-Luxury Ships

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SEATTLE, July 23, 2018 – Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is inviting travelers to enjoy this year’s holiday season alongside family and friends aboard all Seabourn ships. Those on board will celebrate the holidays in different regions around the world with festive onboard events, an array of gourmet culinary offerings, and celebratory programming across the entire fleet.

Each of the five ships in the Seabourn fleet – including the new Seabourn Ovation – will be sailing through the last weeks of December, with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s festivities scheduled in desirable ports of call and at sea.

‘The holidays are the most wonderful time of year to be together with family and what better way to share that time than traveling together on the world’s finest ultra-luxury resort at sea,’ noted Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales. ‘We’re excited about this year’s holiday offerings, which will combine a festive atmosphere, onboard events, and appealing destinations that are just right for celebrating the season. With five ships and cherished destinations to choose from, Seabourn should be on everyone’s holiday wish list.’

There are several ways guests can get in the holiday spirit with Seabourn. Each holiday cruise is complete with everything to make each guest feel right at home onboard. Kicking off the season will be Thanksgiving, when guests can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, prepared by the ship’s Executive Chef and highly skilled culinary team. From there travelers can celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah as the ship transforms into a holiday wonderland with gingerbread village displays and evergreen hangings draped from railings and balusters. The season comes to a close with a toast to 2019 as guests dress in formal wear for a New Year’s Eve affair to reflect on the memories of the past year and look to the new one ahead.

Details on Seabourn’s Holiday sailings for the 2018 season ahead include the following:

36-Day Holiday Australian Exploration (December 11-January 16) – Travel the southern and western coasts of Australia aboard Seabourn Sojourn, departing Sydney and stopping at various destinations including Flinders Island, Penneshaw, Fremantle (Perth), Hunter River, Darwin and more. Christmas Day will be enjoyed at sea, while New Year’s Day will arrive in Broome. The holiday journey will also take in Komodo Island and other destinations in Indonesia before arrival in Singapore. This voyage is also available in two segments with a 16-day itinerary departing from Sydney on December 11 and a 20-day itinerary departing from Perth on December 27.

24-Day Holiday Antarctica, Patagonia & South Georgia (December 20-January 13) – Set sail for as far from the North Pole as one can get with this adventure to the Great White South. After departing Buenos Aires, guests of Seabourn Quest will spend Christmas Eve at sea and Christmas Day at South Georgia, and will ring in the new year in Antarctica. There will be plenty more to enjoy after returning to South America including scenic cruising of Canal Sarmiento, El Brujo Glacier, Chilean Fjords and the Gulf of Corcovado in Chile before arriving at San Antonio (Santiago).

16-Day Holiday Australia & New Zealand (December 21-January 6) – After setting sail from Sydney and spending a lovely Christmas Eve in Melbourne, Australia, guests will celebrate Christmas Day at sea aboard Seabourn Encore en route to the southern and eastern coasts of New Zealand. Destinations include Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Akaroa (Christchurch) on New Year’s Eve, Kaikoura on New Year’s Day, Queen Charlotte Sound, and more before arriving at Auckland.

7-Day Holiday Yachtsman’s Caribbean (December 22-December 29) – Have limited time to spare for the holidays? This weeklong cruise in the sparkling Caribbean aboard Seabourn Odyssey is a great way to get in the spirit, with departure from Philipsburg, Sint Maarten to Carambola Beach, Saint Kitts and Nevis; Christmas Eve at Road Bay, Anguilla; Christmas Day at St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda, and more. Following arrival at Bridgetown, Barbados, guests will have plenty of time get home – or board another Seabourn cruise and celebrate the New Year!

14-Day Holiday Thailand & Vietnam(December 22-January 5) – The first-ever holiday cruise of the maiden season on the line’s newest ship is going to be a good one. Board Seabourn Ovation in Singapore and head north for Christmas Eve at sea and Christmas Day at Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand. Then travel on to Cambodia and Vietnam, with two days in Ho Chi Minh City before celebrating New Year’s Eve at sea, and New Year’s Day at Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam. A day in Halong Bay, Vietnam, will follow before arrival at glimmering Hong Kong.

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.

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Seabourn Expands Culinary Offerings

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Seabourn Expands Culinary Offerings With “Earth & Ocean At The Patio ™” – An “Al Fresco” Dining Experience

SEATTLE, April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has a new dining experience for guests to savor in the open sea air. Introducing “Earth & Ocean at The Patio™”, an a la carte dinner venue developed by consulting Chef Anton Egger to entice guests with candlelight seating and a sophisticated menu celebrating flavors rooted in authentic local favorite foods from around the world. Set to debut with the launch of the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, in May 2018, the new poolside al fresco culinary option will be offered during dinner service and will be fleetwide by spring 2019.

“‘Earth & Ocean at The Patio continues the evolution of dining experiences across the Seabourn fleet, offering guests a culinary voyage to far-flung regions of the world served in a remarkably welcoming and relaxing open-air space,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The new concept, which has some really unique service elements, will be one of many highlights for guests to savor with the launch of Seabourn Ovation, and we look forward to expanding it to all of our ships in the year ahead.”

Egger has worked with Seabourn on numerous culinary projects, with “Earth & Ocean at The Patio™” as the latest. He developed the concept, creating new recipes, table settings, and background music, and worked closely with Corporate Chef Franck Salein, who assisted on various aspects of the new venue.

Diners at “Earth & Ocean at The Patio” can look forward to a distinctive dining experience unlike any other on board, with an imaginative array of fresh, inventive dishes from around the world served in a relaxed setting under the stars illuminated with help of fading sunlight and soothing moonlight. The food will be complex yet genuine, rooted in favorite tastes from many regions around the world and served with the flawless hospitality for which Seabourn is so admired.

The Patio will continue to offer its regular poolside lunch service, featuring salads, soups, grilled specialties, and a selection of gourmet pizzas in the afternoon. Guests can also enjoy a signature Napa burger developed by culinary partner Chef Thomas Keller, as well as an artisanal hot-dog dubbed the Yountwurst, named for the hometown of The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, and the original Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery.

“What is familiar to some Seabourn guests will be a completely new experience to others,” noted Egger, who, like many culinary talents, draws ideas and innovations from his travels. After getting his start in Austria, he staged in France and Switzerland, and then continued to travel and work across the globe, taking inspiration from the many culinary rich regions he visited, including Asia, India, the Caribbean and South America, the U.S., South Africa and more.

Guests arriving at “Earth & Ocean at The Patio” may be welcomed with items like smoked bacon grissini and house-made artisanal country bread. Other dishes will be served in simple and memorable ways, such as in still-sizzling long-handled black iron skillets, or ceramic Moroccan tagines covered to hold in moisture and smoke to produce succulent, full-flavored results. The restaurant’s menus will change daily, including a different dish cooked in a tagine each night.

There will be more cooking methods and innovative presentations including salads and tasty dishes; meat brochettes quick-fired or grilled; beef brisket slow-cooked or braised; and traditional Chinese-style filled bao buns. The venue will also offer a different farmer’s-style finishing course each evening, such as shareable oven-baked camembert or brie accompanied by a pot of honey pommery mustard and toasted rustic bread. Desserts of similarly shareable sweet temptations such as oven-baked peaches or slow-roasted pineapples served with house-made gelato will also be featured.

The entire menu will be served with distinctive table settings created in collaboration with ceramic artist Wynne Noble of Noble Plateware in New York and fashioned in the soothing colors of our earth and oceans.

Seabourn will continue to reveal updates about Seabourn Ovation via the dedicated microsite: www.ovation.seabourn.com. Alive with imagery, details and news of the ship’s continuing progress, including “sunsets until launch,” the microsite offers an inside look at the excitement of the upcoming launch, with additional details, news and images revealed on an ongoing basis.

 

Top Chefs on High Seas: As Cruise Lines Partner with Culinary Stars, Guests Enjoy 5-Star Dining on Vacation

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MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2017  — Good food lies at the heart of a great vacation. Recognizing this, cruise lines are working with top chefs around the world to create innovative and delicious menus that add extraordinary tastes to the list of cruise vacation memories.

The move to bring top chefs to the high seas is a reflection of the increasing interest in all things food-related in mainstream culture.

Thanks to TV cooking shows and food competitions, more people are talking about food. And more cruise guests are identifying themselves as “foodies,” said cruise expert and influencer Vanessa Lee.

“For these ‘foodies,’ it’s important that cruise ships provide a wide-ranging choice of restaurants on today’s ships, and that includes working with land-based chefs at the top of their trade,” Lee said. “Today, you can sample the cuisine of some of the best chefs in the world on cruise ships.”

Some of the top chef experiences are complimentary, others are not. All present extraordinary value compared to dining at top-flight establishments on land, Lee said.

“Look at ultra-luxury line Seabourn and the connection with Thomas Keller, America’s top chef,” Lee explained. “If you manage to get a reservation at one of Keller’s Michelin-starred restaurants – such as Per Se in New York or French Laundry in Napa Valley, California – the meal would likely cost several hundred dollars. On Seabourn ships, the experience at The Grill by Thomas Keller is no less extraordinary and included in your cruise fare.”

Cruise lines are more open to experimenting with cuisine. So are their guests. As new partnerships are formed, top chefs are responding with innovative ideas.

Among the celebrity chefs at sea is award-winning Australian-born chef, restaurateur, TV host and cookbook author Curtis Stone, who created SHARE specialty restaurants on three Princess Cruises ships.

“I think food is an integral part of the global experience while traveling,” Stone said. “And bonding over conversation and through sharing in a beautiful dining experience, guests can walk away with memories to last a lifetime.”

The six-course dining experience at SHARE (cover charge $39 per person) focuses on fresh, regional ingredients to reflect the cruising regions.

“Working with the food and beverage team at Princess Cruises, we were able to identify areas where we could highlight unique flavors and ingredients based on where a ship was located around the globe,” Stone said. “We’ve been able to develop an incredible menu as a result, with plenty of choices for guests to curate their own culinary journey.”

Experiencing new dishes, cruise ship guests can bring back more than vacation memories.

“Flavors and ingredients vary around the world, so being able to sample dishes provides inspiration when you get back into the kitchen at home,” Stone said.

Check out these great top chef creations on cruise lines:

Princess Cruises: At Stone’s SHARE, on the Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess and Sun Princess, favorites include a chartcuterie plate featuring garlic-dusted Hungarian salami and thinly sliced 18-month aged San Daniele prosciutto, pasta made fresh daily and main courses such as butter poached lobster tail and duck leg confit. There’s a new separate menu for vegetarians.

 

AIDA Cruises: Germany’s AIDA Cruises has a partnership with the rock star of German TV chefs, Tim Mälzer, who comes onboard and mingles with guests of every age on select sailings of the AIDAprima. Mälzer worked with the line in developing an enhanced cooking school program, which debuted last year on AIDAprima, with classes for both children and adults and special workshops on healthy and sustainable products. The top chef’s dishes are also featured as a daily choice in restaurants throughout the fleet.

 

Costa Cruises: Italian chef and TV personality Bruno Barbieri, who has impressively earned seven Michelin stars in his career, created a special menu for the Costa fleet, setting the goal of taking guests on an “emotional culinary journey.” As a result, one might sample, for instance, a “tortellini” in a Parmesan and bay leaf fondue, which the chef said was inspired by his own family. Salmon steak with a potato crust is among main courses, warm chocolate and walnut pudding with blackberry sauce among desserts. A separate menu caters to vegetarians with dishes such as a vegetable brochette dipped in spices.

 

Carnival Cruise Line: Food Network star and restaurateur Guy Fieri created such a “rockin'” burger for the poolside Guy’s Burger Joint (now on 19 of the line’s 25 ships) that passengers will order more than 5 million of them this year. At Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on select ships, including Carnival Vista, guests can chow down on Fieri’s Championship Pork Butt and Famous Blue Ribbon Chicken. The new Carnival Horizon, debuting in April, introduces the first-ever Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Brewhouse, a full-service restaurant with a menu of BBQ favorites and craft beer brewed on board.

 

Holland America Line: Holland America uniquely has a consulting Culinary Council of five world-class chefs creating dishes in its main dining rooms. Guests may sample the Michelin-star cuisine of Dutch-born Jonnie Boer, contemporary American dishes by David Burke, world championship pizza and desserts by Elizabeth Falkner and extravagant artisan chocolate creations by James Beard Award-winner Jacques Torres. Master Chef and cookbook author Rudi Sodamin is the council chairman and also has a namesake French brasserie, Rudi’s Sel de Mer, on six ships – and expanding fleetwide by June 2018.

 

P&O Cruises: Britain’s top chefs are well represented shipboard including the acclaimed godfather of British cooking, Marco Pierre White, with a gala dinner menu featuring such dishes as Devonshire crab and scallop ceviche and classic beef Wellington with a wild mushroom and Madeira duxelle. TV personality, wine expert and passionate foodie Olly Smith curated the list of wines at The Glass House on the Azura, Britannia and Ventura. The flavorful cuisine of Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar is showcased at the fine dining restaurant Sindhu, on six ships.

 

P&O Cruises Australia: Leading Australian chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan’s cuisine is showcased at Salt grill on five P&O Cruises Australia ships. Guests dive into dishes such as a ‘Glass’ Sydney crab omelet, with Enoki mushroom and herb salad and miso mustard broth, top-quality steaks and roasted lobster tail. On the Pacific Explorer, a seven-course degustation experience, “A Taste of Salt,” is paired with Australian wines, and the ship also debuts Luke’s poolside grill serving up delicious burgers in an al fresco setting.

 

Seabourn: Guests on Seabourn have opportunity to indulge in the extraordinary cuisine of Thomas Keller in both elegant and casual settings. The Grill by Thomas Keller is the chef’s modern take on a classic steakhouse, with a menu that includes Caesar salad prepared tableside, lobster thermidor, “true rib-eye” of Snake River Farms Beef and perfect roasted chicken. Thomas Keller selections are available in the main restaurant, and the top chef’s family-style meals, one themed on Pork Ribs, are a casual dining option on select nights.

 

 

Seabourn Encore

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In 2016, Seabourn introduced the Seabourn Encore. The new ship is as strikingly beautiful and as excitingly innovative as any Seabourn has ever debuted. A crown to a fleet that is already the newest, most modern and most acclaimed in the ultra-luxury segment. Modeled on the award-winning trio of ships introduced with Seabourn Odyssey in 2009, Seabourn Encore represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched. An additional sister-ship, Seabourn Ovation, is scheduled for delivery in 2018. Both sisters will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world’s most discerning travellers.

Seabourn Quest

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Seabourn Quest is the third iteration of the vessel design that has been called “a game-changer for the luxury segment.” Built at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, she was named in Barcelona on June 20, 2011. True to her Seabourn bloodlines, wherever she sails around the world, Seabourn Quest carries with her a bevy of award-winning dining venues that are comparable to the finest restaurants to be found anywhere. Seabourn Quest offers a variety of dining options to suit every taste and every mood, with never an extra charge.