Seabourn will return to Asia in late 2018 and early 2019 aboard its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. From the natural splendors of Vietnam and Thailand to the modern skylines and culture of Hong Kong and Singapore, the yacht-like ship will visit an array of destinations and 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 part of the world.
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 an overnight stay at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, and a gateway to a visit on the Mekong Delta. The voyages will also feature the line’s ] Caviar in the Surf beach parties at Ko Kood in Thailand, an island with sandy 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 28-day combo cruises with the Vietnam & Thailand voyages.
Seabourn Ovation is the second of two ships designed by Adam D. Tihany. The ship features all oceanfront suites with private verandas, 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 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 ingredients are selected. The ships’ culinary team will also serve regionally inspired cuisine using local produce and seafood. The voyages will 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 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. 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.
Seabourn will also offer a number of 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 beyond the ship.