Seabourn has opened the inaugural expedition season itineraries aboard Seabourn Venture for booking. Between July 2021 and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will visit a vast number of locations in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and more.
The new itineraries include 25 voyages, ranging from seven to 22 days. The ship, which offers all ocean front veranda suites, is scheduled to visit more than 150 destinations across the globe. Select voyages may be combined to create sailings of up to 30 days in length.
Highlights of Seabourn Venture’s expedition itineraries in 2021 and 2022 include:
The Arctic and Northern Europe
Following the ship’s delivery in June 2021, Seabourn Venture will kick off its maiden season in Northern Europe and the Arctic, where guests can explore the northern polar region, visit Viking ruins, view whales, walrus and seals up close, bike the lanes of the outer British Isles, and trek to waterfalls and glaciers.
The ship will embark on a 10-day pre-inaugural Highlights of the English Channel cruise departing July 5, 2021, from Lisbon, Portugal, with stops along the northern French coast, England, and Belgium before sailing up the River Thames to Greenwich (London), England. The sailing will be followed by a 12-day inaugural Northern Isles & The Viking Homeland voyage from Greenwich to Tromsø, Norway, departing July 15, 2021, and exploring the outer British Isles and Norwegian fjords.
Seabourn Venture will spend the rest of the season through September exploring the Arctic. The ship will sail on five 10- to 15-day voyages in the region, visiting many locations in Svalbard, the North Cape, and other locations in Norway. Other destinations include Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in Nunavut.
Among some of the new destinations the ship will visit in the Arctic region are: Scoresby Sound, Greenland, home to the largest and longest fjord system in the world; Sermilik Fjord, located in southeastern Greenland and renowned for the many icebergs that flow from multiple glaciers at its head into the Denmark Strait; Svalbard, Norway, where, if conditions permit, the ship may sail along the edge of the North Polar ice cap, home to wildlife that have adapted to and this environment such as polar bears, whales, seals, rare arctic birds and more; and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, the eastern entry to the Northwest Passage and home to narwhals and belugas and a million nesting birds at Bylot Island.
Caribbean, Central America and South America
Following Seabourn Venture’s expedition voyages in the Arctic, the ship will make its way south in October 2021, stopping at various exotic locales in Bermuda, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile. During three 10-to 14-day voyages, there will be opportunities to explore in Zodiacs under bird cliffs, kayak among tropical coral islands, visit ancient Inca sites, and snorkel in Caribbean coral gardens.
Seabourn Venture will stop at several new locations in this region, including Pio XI Glacier in the Chilean Fjords, which is the only glacier in Patagonia that is growing – at a rate of 50 meters per day – rather than shrinking, and Jorge Montt Glacier in the Aisén Region of Chile at the north end of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Guests may also spend a night in Puerto Natales, where a climb of Dorotea Hill provides a lookout from above that may include a sighting of the flight of the condor that nests on the vertical walls of the hill.
Beginning in November 2021, Seabourn Venture will spend the austral summer season at the southernmost continent. The ship will offer nine voyages, spanning 11 to 22 days, and will visit the Antarctic continent and islands, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Guests can experience these surroundings by Zodiac, kayak, or even from a submarine to gain perspective of the underwater world; view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; and enjoy scenic cruising of waterways and passages. The schedule features voyages departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, including a 21-day Ultimate Holiday Antarctica & South Georgia cruise departing December 14, 2021.
For the first time, Seabourn Venture will call at multiple new locations in the Falkland Islands. Based on the day’s weather and most favorable anchorage positions, Seabourn Venture may call at the following islands: Saunders Island, the site of Port Egmont, which is the first British settlement in the Falklands established in 1765; Steeple Jason Island, a nature reserve known for its abundance of wildlife, including the largest colony of black-browed albatrosses on Earth, as well as penguins, southern giant petrels, and king cormorants; West Point Island, where guests have the opportunity to meet the Napiers, the island’s only occupants whose great uncle established the farm in 1879, and visit the rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatrosses and other wildlife; and New Island, lying on the western fringe of the Falklands Archipelago and supporting some of the largest concentrations and diversity of wildlife in the Falklands, with more than 40 species of nesting birds.
Between March and April 2022, Seabourn Venture will set sail on a series of five seven- to 12-day expedition voyages in the Amazon, where guests cruise in Zodiacs along the Amazon River and visit ancient sites and indigenous Amazon villages. The voyages will explore varying environments shaped and differentiated by the Amazon River itself. These can be divided into three major regions: Flooded Forests and Blackwater Tributaries – Manaus, Brazil to Rio Jutaí; The Frontier Amazon – Rio Jutaí to Leticia, Colombia;and The Seaport in the Jungle – Leticia to Iquitos, Peru.
On April 30, 2022, Seabourn Venture will return to Europe with a 12-day Western European Waterways cruise from Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cape Verde, to Greenwich, England, stopping at the Canary Islands, Morocco, Portugal, France and Belgium.
On select itineraries in the Arctic and Antarctica, guests will fly into a designated city where a hotel overnight and charter air to the embarkation port the next day will be included. Similarly, select itineraries will include a charter air flight at the end of the voyage from the disembarkation port to a city where flights are more readily available. These include voyages that begin or end in:
- Longyearbyen, with air to/from Oslo
- Kangerlussuaq, with air to/from Reykjavík
- Ushuaia, with air to/from Buenos Aires
Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022.