Seabourn announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new expedition ships under a new partnership between shipbuilders T. Mariotti and Damen. The two shipbuilders will collaborate on the construction of the vessels under a common name Mariotti Damen Cruise. The first delivery is expected in June 2021 and the second ship is anticipated in May 2022.
The 170 meter, 23,000 gross ton vessels will add new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Arctic, and other destinations around the world while meeting PC6 Polar Class standards. Each ship will feature 132 oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.
“This is a groundbreaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travelers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations, and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product lineup and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.”
The new ships will feature two submarines carried onboard, multiple kayaks, and 24 Zodiac inflatable boats, which have operated as a part of the Ventures by Seabourn program offered in select destinations around the world.
“It’s been amazing to watch the growth of our expedition-style experiences since our first sailing to Antarctica in 2013 through today, where we now offer the Ventures by Seabourn program in a number of desirable destinations around the world,” said Robin West, vice president of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn. “A year ago we started developing the concept for this next chapter of our expedition story with dedicated ships built to take luxury travelers to the most coveted places on the planet and they will be thrilled to see these remote destinations in Seabourn style.”
Seabourn will announce design and service details for the new ships beginning later this year. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in 2019. The first ship is planned to sail in the Arctic in late summer 2021, with a full winter season in Antarctica to follow.
The onboard crew will include expedition teams comprised of wilderness experts, scientists, historians, and Zodiac operators. These experts are also part of the Seabourn Conversations program, providing insights into the history, ecology, and culture of the places they visit.