Seabourn has officially commenced construction of its second ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship. The first sheets of steel for the yet-to-be-named vessel were cut in San Giorgio di Nogare in Italy last week.
“With two brand-new ultra-luxury expedition ships now under construction, we are setting a new standard of luxury and adventure,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn.
“This milestone further underscores our commitment to the expedition travel category and I’m confident these ships will deliver extraordinary expedition experiences,” said Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn, who attended the ceremony virtually.
The second Venture class of ship is scheduled to launch in 2022, with sister ship Seabourn Venture slated to launch in 2021 for the Northern Winter. The ships are being designed from conception for expedition travel blended with ultra-luxury and personalised service by leading travel experts and seasoned professionals with great depth of experience in expedition, hospitality, and luxury cruising.
“The first steel cut for the second Seabourn expedition vessel, while Seabourn Venture is already under construction, enhances the enthusiasm even more for the successful and long-lasting cooperation with Seabourn,” said Marco Ghiglione, Managing Director for T. Mariotti, the shipbuilder producing the vessels.
Both Seabourn Venture-class ships will be designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include an array of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities. They will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller.
Both ships will carry 24 Zodiacs onboard, giving them the flexibility to take all guests on a Zodiac tour at once, should conditions present a small window of opportunity. Each ship will feature 132 luxurious oceanfront verandah suites, providing the best in accommodation no matter where the ships travel.
Lead image: Shipyard Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy with Seabourn Cruise Line President Josh Leibowitz joining virtually. With Ghiglione is Cyril Tatar, VP of new build services for Holland America Group. They are pictured pressing the button to signal the start of steel cutting.