Seabourn Venture’s debut delayed by four months

Pandemic disruptions create supply chain challenges

Seabourn has confirmed a revised first voyage launch date for its new ultra-luxury expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, four months later than originally slated.

The ship will now depart on its maiden voyage from Greenwich (London), England on 10 April 2022, rather than the previously anticipated date of 12 December 2021.

It’s the second delay for the ship which had been initially forecast to enter service in June 2021. The first postponement, revealed nearly 12 months ago, was a result of the T. Mariotti shipyard’s closure due to the pandemic in mid-2020.

Seabourn has now pushed back the date of Seabourn Venture‘s debut after company executives visited the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy last month where the ship interior is being fitted out. There, they received a detailed update on the ship’s progress over the past 18 months, which has been affected by pandemic disruptions and related supply chain challenges.

“We had the opportunity to visit Seabourn Venture at the T. Mariotti shipyard and were amazed at the design and beauty of the ship,” said Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn. “The ship will now launch in time for the inaugural summer season in the North Pole in 2022.”

Seabourn expedition ships - Wintergarden Suite Bedroom
Seabourn expedition ships - Wintergarden Suite Bedroom

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Guests currently booked on Seabourn Venture voyages scheduled to depart between 11 December 2021 – 24 April 2022 will receive more details this week about cancellations specific to their booking.

The purpose-built expedition vessel will now sail two new itineraries around the UK, including the inaugural voyage from London, and those voyages will go on sale on 19 August 2021.

The second yet-to-be-named sister expedition ship in Seabourn’s fleet is also under construction at T. Mariotti. Both vessels will be designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships’ global deployment and capabilities. Each will carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiacs, kayaks, and a 26-person expert expedition team.

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