Seabourn has unveiled a new series of Zodiac and kayak shore excursions launching directly from its small ships’ innovative fold-out watersports marinas.
Beginning on several of Seabourn Quest’s Northern European summer voyages, the new ‘Ventures by Seabourn’ programme will provide an informative way for guests to enhance their cruise, with optional shore excursions guided by knowledgeable and experienced expedition teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists.
Already adept at engaging guests via the Seabourn Conversations onboard enrichment programme, the accomplished experts will now provide indepth insights into the history, ecology, wildlife and culture as guests explore spectacular destinations close up – at sea level.
Tour leaders include Dr. Colleen Batey, a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, who has travelled extensively through Scandinavia and its surrounding areas; Kara Weller, whose research ranges from whales in the Bering Sea to mouflan sheep in Eastern Europe, and has travelled more than 130 times to Antarctica and Robin West, Seabourn’s Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, who led the line’s first two Antarctica programmes.
Available in select ports, Ventures by Seabourn will lead guests through picturesque waterways and fjords, secluded inlets and to scenic islands via sturdy, stable Zodiac inflatable boats or paddling in double sea kayaks launched from the unique fold-out water sports marina onboard all Seabourn vessels. Seabourn plans to expand Ventures by Seabourn fleetwide over time, including adding kayaking tours to its Antarctica sailings.
The first wave of Ventures by Seabourn will be offered on three Seabourn Quest voyages including:
- 14-Day Majestic Fjords and North Cape – Two voyages departing 13 June and 11 July 2015 from Copenhagen, Denmark. Ventures by Seabourn will offer sea-level exploration and shore excursions at several destinations including the magnificent fjord landscapes of the Lyse area around Stavanger by Zodiac; the Lofoten Islands by Zodiac; Nordfjord of Olden, Norway, by kayak; a zodiac tour of the Storstappen Islands and Nordkapp and a hike to Nordkapp, and more. Fares start from $12,999 per person double occupancy.
- 24-Day Route of the Vikings – Departing 8 August 2015 from Copenhagen, Denmark, and travelling to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Quebec, Canada, en route to Montreal. Ventures by Seabourn will offer excursions at several destinations along the way, including a Zodiac exploration of the natural beauty surrounding Ísafjörður, Iceland; a kayak experience to glimpse icebergs and shore birds in and around Qaqortoq, Greenland; a naturalist-led Zodiac exploration of icebergs, plants and wrecks amid the islands surrounding Paamiut, Greenland; and more. Fares start from $15,999* per person double occupancy.