Seabourn luxury cruise line’s newest expedition ship Seabourn Company reached Antarctica for the first time.
The ship marked its maiden voyage to the Great White Continent with an official christening ceremony on Sunday, November 20, when the vessel came to rest in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea, which is part of the Southern Ocean.
CompanyGuests of the joined global adventurer, mountaineer and polar explorer Alison Levine, who performed her ceremonial duties as godmother virtually to wish the ship many blessings and safe expeditions ahead. The team on board pulled out a bottle of ice which smashed against the ship, a long maritime tradition.
After the ceremony, Seabourn Vice President of Shipping Operations Robin West spoke about the cruise brand’s shipping heritage and shared his excitement for the voyages ahead.
Seabourn Chairman Josh Leibowitz said: “We look forward to Seabourn Companymaiden voyage to Antarctica since the time the ship debuted earlier this year. This extraordinary continent encapsulates exactly what we hope to bring to passengers sailing aboard our new ship: adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring wonder. With the beauty of the Antarctic landscape and scenery in the background, it was truly the place to name the most luxurious expedition vessel, Seabourn Venture.
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Company launched last July in Tromsø, Norway, but Seabourn opted to wait until the Antarctica season to name the ship as “the southernmost continent is everything the ship is for.” He left San Antonio, Chile on November 7 and cruised along the Chilean coast, taking guests through channels, straits, straits, fjords and glaciers before reaching Antarctica.
While on the frozen continent, guests can enjoy hiking, zodiac rides, kayaking, diving in Seabourn’s submarines, and more.
Between November 2022 and February 2023, Seabourn Company will make 11-22 day trips to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. In March and April, the ship will offer a series of seven- to twelve-day expedition cruises in Brazil and the Amazon. From May, the ship will operate two new Nordic routes in the British Isles and Iceland.
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