Seabourn is headed to Northern Europe, Iceland, and Greenland this summer season. The 2019 summer season will feature Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge excursions in select destinations curated to offer ample opportunities for active kayaking, Zodiac tours, and scenic hiking.
Guests will enjoy regionally inspired cuisines created from local seasonal produce onboard, as well as opportunities to join Shopping with the Chef excursions to learn about regional markets in destinations from Bergen to Dublin and Nuuk to Stockholm. Shore excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites will feature content enabled through Seabourn’s official partnership with UNESCO, including “The Heart of Neolithic Orkney” and “Historic Center (Old Town) of Tallinn.” In addition, the line will host Seabourn Conversations with special guest speakers, deck parties, and other onboard events.
While four of Seabourn’s five ultra-luxury vessels will spend at least part of 2019 cruising the continent, two, in particular, will focus on Northern Europe:
- Seabourn Quest will sail a series of 15-day voyages exploring scenery and wildlife of the British Isles, Iceland, and Norway, including the North Cape. These voyages will feature an expedition team offering optional Ventures by Seabourn excursions. The ship’s Europe season will culminate with two three-week cruises highlighting the best of Iceland, Greenland, and other North Atlantic isles sailing 21 days from Dover to Reykjavik and then 24 days from Reykjavik to Montreal.
- Seabourn Ovation will offer seven-day voyages in the Baltic between Copenhagen and Stockholm, including three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ship’s schedule also includes several “hidden gems,” including 14-day voyages combing majestic Norway & the North Cape with the British Isles, featuring optional Ventures by Seabourn excursions, and a 14-day southward cruise from Dublin to Lisbon via Paris.
Optional Ventures by Seabourn excursions will highlight several cruise itineraries on Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Ovation. These excursions are led by expedition teams that include wilderness experts, scientists, historians, and naturalists.
Ventures by Seabourn excursions are available for-charge, in select destinations and can be booked in advance by guests. Among adventures waiting for guests to enjoy:
- Exploring Aurlandsfjord: Aurlandsfjord is a branch of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest. Deep and narrow, plunging 3,156 feet below the surface and enfolded by nearly 6,000-foot peaks, Aurlandsfjord is a perfect setting for a guided paddle in a double sea kayak. (Available on select voyages on Seabourn Ovation.)
- Storstappen Island by Zodiac & North Cape: Cruise in Zodiacs beneath the cliffs of Storstappen Island, home to a million puffins, as well as gannets, kittiwakes, and sea eagles. (Available on select voyages on Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Quest.)
- Hvalsey Norse Ruins by Zodiac – A UNESCO Partner Tour: Join the ship’s archaeologist on a Zodiac up Qaqortoq’s scenic fjord to the ruins of the Hvalsey Church, where a wedding conducted in 1408 is the last written record of Norse Greenland. (Available on select voyages on Seabourn Quest.)
- Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock Hike: Climb to the top of Pulpit Rock with views over Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains. (Available on select voyages on Seabourn Ovation andSeabourn Quest.)
- Puffins, Eiders Guillemots – Vigur Island by Zodiac: Vigur has a great reputation among birders. Take a Zodiac ride to the island with your naturalist guide and meet its five human inhabitants. Walk around among eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, and black guillemots, and see Iceland’s only windmill and Europe’s smallest post office. (Available on select voyages onSeabourn Quest.)
There will be many other opportunities for guests to set foot in and explore Northern Europe throughout summer. Optional shore excursions dotting itineraries include:
- Helsinki Highlights, Porvoo & River Cruise to Haikko: Keep an eye out while passing many of Helsinki’s architectural highlights on a drive to 14th-century Porvoo, with a guided walk on cobbled streets past historic wooden buildings in Old Town.
- Châteauneuf & Avignon – A UNESCO Partner Tour: Travel overland to Avignon where a succession of nine Catholic popes reigned in the 14th century bringing acclaim to the Châteauneuf wines made nearby. Enjoy guided access to the Saint Martial Chapel in the Popes’ Palace and enjoy a luncheon at an auberge along the Rhône River.
- Three-Day Extraordinary St. Petersburg – A UNESCO Partner Tour: Visit landmarks in St. Petersburg and Moscow over three days, starting with a full-day tour of St. Petersburg including Catherine’s Palace, the Peter & Paul Fortress, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Then it’s on to Moscow via high-speed train for sites including the Kremlin museums, Armory Museum, and Red Square.
- Gateway to the Arctic & Cable Car: Enjoy a panoramic view of Historic Tromsø, Norway en route to the immense Tromsø Museum with exhibits on science, archaeology, history, and Sami culture. The excursion also includes a view of the stained-glass window of the Arctic Cathedral and a cable car ride to a mountaintop for views of the city and its surroundings.