“I am especially excited about the Sojourn program, through the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea,” Seabourn’s Timothy Littley tells us. Littley is the luxury line’s Senior Director of Deployment and Itinerary Planning.
Seabourn is heading to Australasia again this year with Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Sojourn offering multiple cruises around Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific over the 2018-2019 season.
Guests will have many opportunities to enjoy and explore the region, including via optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn kayak and Zodiac tours in select destinations in the company of expedition teams. Special programming such as Shopping with the Chef excursions allow guests to discover local food markets; and special deck events, dance parties, and Movies Under the Stars will keep guests entertained onboard. In addition, the itineraries will offer excursions exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
“We’re excited to be heading back to the beauty of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific over the 2018-2019 season ahead,” noted Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales. “With two ships sailing the region, guests will have a wide range of opportunities to soak up the ultra-luxury experience onboard our vessels and to explore on land and at sea, including Ventures by Seabourn excursions, mid-cruise overland tours, and special pre- and post-cruise journeys. It’s going to be quite a season for guests returning or visiting the region for the first time with Seabourn.”
The 2018-2019 season of Seabourn Encore in the South Pacific will launch with an 18-day cruise from Bali to Sydney (departing December 3, 2018) and will include four 16-day voyages between Sydney and Auckland (departing December 21, 2018, and January 22, February 7, and March 11, 2019, respectively). The start of spring will see the ship head out of Sydney on a 16-day voyage to Bali (departing March 27), featuring the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, plus various islands of Indonesia.
New itineraries include:
Guests of Seabourn Encore will also have an opportunity to enjoy optional 3-day mid-cruise overland tours from Milford Sound to Queenstown, New Zealand. Available on Seabourn Encore voyages departing January 6, February 7 and February 23, 2019, the tours will include journeys into the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fiordland National Park; the former gold mining destination Arrowtown; a jet boat excursion on the Shotover River; and much more.
Seabourn will also offer “UNESCO Sydney, The Red Centre – Great Barrier Reef” Seabourn Journey, an 8-day pre-cruise or 7-day post-cruise land extension that embarks or disembarks at Sydney. The journey will start in Sydney; then venture to the Red Centre, home of the 500-million-year-old monoliths The Olgas and Uluru; and then explore Australia’s Tropical North, including UNESCO-cited Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Departures for the Pre-Cruise journey are December 5 and December 15, 2018, and February 1, 2019; departures for the Post-Cruise Journey are December 11 and December 21, 2018, and February 7 and March 27, 2019.