Seabourn has given travellers a glimpse into the interior of two new purpose-built expedition ships set to launch in June 2021 and May 2022. Each interior space is masterfully designed by design icon, Adam D. Tihany. Tihany’s The Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center, Landing Zone, and Atrium will serve as communal hubs for travellers on Seabourn Venture and another sister ship that is yet to be named.
The Expedition Lounge, Discovery Center and Landing Zone will create a sense of awe and adventure in expedition travellers who have come to expect exceptional, intuitive service from Seabourn. Each of these new spaces captures the romanticism of early explorers and the thrill of discovery; with thoughtful details and materials that are tactile and ‘elemental’, capturing the sense of ruggedness that comes with expedition travel while maintaining pristine luxury and comfort. Tihany is also set to design all indoor and outdoor guest areas on both ships.
“When you conjure up images of the ideal adventure trip, you would head out into the stunning wilderness for the day knowing that when you return a cosy, welcoming space filled with luxurious materials like leathers and rich woods that invite relaxation and conversation awaits you,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s President. “Each of these newly designed spaces hits that note perfectly, leaving our guests wanting for nothing and giving them an inviting place to talk to fellow travellers each day about the incredible experiences they had, sharing memorable stories or viewing photos they took.”
Specific details on each of the spaces include:
Expedition Lounge: The Expedition Lounge, located on Deck 4, is the heart of the ship. A gathering place for the curious, guests are invited to relax with a complimentary cocktail, or a glass of fine wine, from the bar as they share photos and stories from the day with their fellow travellers and the onboard staff. The Expedition Lounge will be a central space for all of Seabourn expeditions. It is where guests will convene before and after expeditions each day.
Custom furniture that uses a variety of warm, natural materials creates an inviting atmosphere. An ode to the adventurous, the Expedition Lounge features an etched glass partition that displays a vintage map of Antarctica and vitrines that showcase intricate tools and devices of the trade. Two large touchscreens will also display a wealth of information including photographs, navigational charts, weather charts and maps.
Discovery Center: The Discovery Center – adjacent to the Expedition Lounge on Deck 4 – acts as the teaching and academic centre for natural history and cultural programming. In a spacious environment, guests will access insightful lectures, briefings, and Seabourn Conversation’s enrichment programming – all designed to provide informative education throughout the expedition experience. The world-class 26-person expedition team of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists will deliver rich, insightful lectures and discussions on a broad array of topics related to the region where guests are sailing. Inspired by the compelling landscape of expedition destinations, the Discovery Center incorporates the organic shapes of topography maps against the elegant curves of the plush custom seating.
Audio-visual experiences will come to life on high-definition screens that are two-and-a-half metres high and 10-metres wide. These screens will show a variety of captivating programs to whet the appetite and build excitement in the lead up to each new destination. Footage from daily submarine voyages will also be shown, providing an enticing look at the undersea world and the marine life that calls it home.
Landing Zone: The launch and recovery point for landings, each of the two Landing Zones – Port and Starboard, both located on Deck 3 – will be a generous 60 square metres in size, allowing guests to change and clean their gear in comfort while also providing space to store their rubber boots. The Landing Zone, commonly known as a mud room, has been designed for extreme functionality and accessibility; its durable material palette and optimum location on the ship allows guests direct access to one of the 24 Zodiacs available for off-ship adventures. In tropical areas, storage space in the Landing Zones will be used for the fins and masks required for snorkelling and other aquatic activities. Guests will move through the two Landing Zones in small groups distributed evenly to keep waiting time and crowding to a minimum for excursion departures. From the Landing Zones, attentive staff will guide guests down one flight of stairs to Deck 2, where guests step directly from the ship into the Zodiacs to travel across the water or to a landing point on shore.
Atrium: The Atrium is a focal point on all Seabourn ships with its elegant winding staircase. On Seabourn’s expedition ships, the sky-lit space will continue the wood and metal detailing present throughout the ship with details such as rhythmically placed ropework in place of more traditional spindles and a topography inspired wall treatment. Suspended at the centre of the Atrium, and echoed again at its base, is a captivating art display emulating traditional wind measuring instruments.
Further details about public spaces and suites on the new expedition ships will be revealed in the coming months. Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in mid-2019.
Tihany was the creative vision behind the luxury yacht-inspired interiors on the line’s two newest ships, Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation. Both ships have received wide acclaim since they were welcomed into the fleet. He also designed interiors for The Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.
For this latest project with Seabourn, Tihany will develop the design vision for multiple expedition spaces and lounges, all categories of luxurious guest suites, multiple dining venues, Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, outdoor deck areas and the innovative and popular Seabourn Square multi-purpose space. Tihany’s Product Design arm is also designing a bespoke furniture collection for the expedition ships.
Lead image: Seabourn expedition ships – Expedition Lounge rendering