Seabourn Venture floated out, relocates to outfitting dock

Launch ceremony at the T. Mariotti shipyard as vessel readies for internal fit out

Seabourn marked a major construction milestone in Genoa, Italy last week with an intimate launch ceremony for its new expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, at the T.Mariotti shipyard.

The launch ceremony is an enduring maritime tradition that calls for a “madrina” to preside over the celebratory events. Serving in this significant role was Jarda Versloot-West, Seabourn’s Senior Manager of Expedition staffing, who first joined Seabourn nearly a decade ago for the brand’s maiden voyage to Antarctica. She was joined by Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz and T. Mariotti Shipyard Managing Director Marco Ghiglione.

The Seabourn Venture coin ceremony, with Jarda Versloot-West welding the coin to the structure of the purpose-built expedition ship

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During the ceremony, a bottle of celebratory Champagne broke against the hull to commemorate the milestone. The ship will now move from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at the shipyard, where it will undergo final construction until the ship is delivered.

“After the steel cutting and keel laying, we are all here to celebrate another important milestone before the final completion of Seabourn Venture,” said Ghiglione. “The dedication of all people involved in the construction is a matter of pride for T. Mariotti, and we are absolutely sure that we are building something special: a unique ship that will be the top in the luxury cruise expedition market.”

A traditional coin ceremony for the ship was held on 13 July, where Versloot-West welded a commemorative coin to the ship structure.

Seabourn Venture’s inaugural season will now begin on 10 April 2022, with the ship exploring parts of the United Kingdom on its maiden voyage. A second yet-to-be-named sister expedition ship is also under construction at T. Mariotti. Both ships 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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