Seabourn will be exploring Europe in a big way in 2019 with an expanded menu of travel options for guests. The line’s 2019 season in Europe will have four Seabourn vessels – including Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Odyssey, and the newest ship in its fleet, Seabourn Ovation – offering more than 66 individual departures from 14 different embarkation points.
There will be more than 200 different European destinations on cruises of 7 days to 45 days around the continent, including the Aegean and the Greek Isles in the east; the cities and harbors in the Western Mediterranean; the Scottish Highlands; the Baltic and Norway’s North Cape; as well as Norwegian fjords, Iceland, and Greenland combined on adventurous summer cruises.
“There are so many ways to tour Europe, but none as inviting as cruising the harbors and coasts on an ultra-luxury Seabourn vessel,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “With 30 years of history for our company, it goes without saying that Seabourn is an expert in European travel. Our four vessels bound for Europe in 2019 will offer desirable overnight stays, new and notable ports of call, and selected itineraries enhanced by special programming, including Seabourn Conversations featuring visionary experts and more. Plus Seabourn Ovation, our newest ship, and Seabourn Quest will offer guide-led optional, for-charge Ventures by Seabourn expeditions in select ports to give guests more choices.”
The 2019 season in Europe will offer more than a dozen new ports that the line either hasn’t previously visited or hasn’t been to in years, including Greenwich (London), and Cowes, Isle of Wight, England; Vik I Sogn, Haugesund, Sandefjord, and Fredrikstad, Norway; Durres (Tirane), Albania; Mgarr (Victoria), Malta; Amorgos, Greece; Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland; England; Helsingør, Denmark; Dundee, United Kingdom; and Motril (Granada), Spain.
With so many highlights dotting the 2019 season in Europe, here’s a quick ship-by-ship breakdown:
- Seabourn Ovation will return to the north with a series of seven-day voyages in the Baltic between Copenhagen and Stockholm, including three full days in St. Petersburg, Russia. The schedule also includes several “hidden gems,” including 14-day voyages combing Norway & the North Cape with the British Isles, and a 14-day southward cruise from Dublin to Lisbon via Paris.
- Seabourn Encore will spend the summer in the Western Mediterranean, highlighting the Iberian Peninsula, Malta, Sicily, and the Italian & French Rivieras, with a series of seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises between Rome, Barcelona, and Monte Carlo before finishing the season and positioning to Athens.
- Seabourn Quest will offer a series of 15-day voyages exploring the scenery and wildlife of the British Isles, Iceland, and Norway, including the North Cape. These voyages will feature an expedition team on board. The ship’s Europe season culminates with a pair of three-week cruises highlighting Iceland, Greenland, and other North Atlantic isles, custom-crafted to provide Ventures by Seabourn opportunities, sailing 21 days from Dover to Reykjavik and then 24 days from Reykjavik to Montreal.
- Seabourn Odyssey will concentrate on ports throughout the Mediterranean region, including the Aegean and Adriatic coasts. The seven- and 14-day voyages will explore the Greek Isles, Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro. In addition, the ship will offer repeated opportunities for first-time cruisers and devotees to discover Rome and the Rivieras, Spain, and Morocco. Most of the ship’s itineraries are combinable for longer cruises.
Highlights from Seabourn’s 2019 season in Europe include:
- 15-Day London to Reykjavik (Seabourn Quest, May 17 – June 1) – Cruise from the British Isles to Iceland, with stops at Bristol (Bath), England; Skomer Island and Milford Haven (Pembroke), Wales; Dublin, Ireland; and Oban, Port William, Summer Isles and Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, before visiting five ports in Iceland including Reykjavik.
- 7-Day Athens to Valletta (Seabourn Encore, May 26 – June 2) – New for 2019, cruise from Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Valletta, Malta, with ports including Mykonos, Rhodes, Symi and Agios Nikóloas in Greece, and Syracusa on Sicily in Italy.
- 15-Day Reykjavik to Copenhagen (Seabourn Quest, June 1 – 16) – Explore Northern-most Europe with three ports in Iceland, including Vigur and Akureyri; eight stops in Norway, including Tromsø, Hammerfest, Storstappen Island and Stavanger, plus scenic cruising along the North Cape; and a visit to Aalborg before winding up in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Seabourn expedition team will be on board to offer Ventures by Seabourn Zodiac, hiking, and kayaking excursions.
- 14-Day Copenhagen to Copenhagen (Seabourn Ovation, August 3 – 17) – Discover Scandinavia and the British Isles on the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. Sail roundtrip from Copenhagen to Gothenburg, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Sandefjord, Norway; Lerwick Shetland Islands; Scrabster, Invergordon (Inverness), and Newhaven (Edinburgh), Scotland; and Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The voyage includes a stop at Bremerhaven, Germany, and a crossing of the Kiel Canal.
- 14-Day Dublin to Dublin (Seabourn Ovation, September 14 – 28) – New for 2019, sail roundtrip from Dublin with destinations across the British Isles including Greenock (Glasgow), Oban, Peterhead (Aberdeen), and Invergordon (Inverness) in Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Liverpool, England; Holyhead, Wales; and Cobh (Cork), Ireland.
- 11-Day Barcelona to Rome (Seabourn Encore; October 3 – 14) – This cruise will depart Barcelona bound for Civitavecchia (Rome), with calls in Spain including Valencia, Cádiz (Seville), Málaga (Granada), Cartagena (Murcia) and Ibiza; as well as Portimão (Algrave), Portugal; Tangier, Morocco; and Saint-Florent, Corsica, France.
- 14-Day Barcelona to Lisbon (Seabourn Odyssey, October 19 – November 2) –One of two 14-day cruises (the other is in April) between Barcelona and Lisbon will see Seabourn Odyssey calling at several tall, volcanic Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, along with stops at Tangier and Casablanca, Morocco; and Funchal, Madeira and Portimão (Algrave), Portugal.