Seabourn has forfeited the upcoming 15 July 2022 inaugural sailing of its first of two purpose-built expedition ships, Seabourn Venture, with the luxury vessel not 100% ready to receive guests.
Seabourn Venture had been scheduled to operate a 12-day ‘Northern Isles and the Viking Homeland’ cruise next month from London Tilbury to Tromsø, Norway. That itinerary has now been pulled, with the next voyage published being the 27 July voyage from Tromsø to Svalbard, that will see the state-of-the-art ship conclude in Longyearbyen.
The following ‘Spectacular Svalbard & Greenland’ itinerary aboard Seabourn Venture from 6-21 August 2022 is currently showing as “unavailable” on Seabourn’s website, meaning it may be sold out, while the next cruise, a 14-day ‘Legend of the Icelandic Sagas’ journey operating roundtrip from Reykjavik, Iceland on 21 August still appears to be accepting bookings.
Seabourn Venture is being fitted out at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Last week, LATTE Cruise shared details of Seabourn Venture‘s sea trials in the Mediterranean Sea.
In a statement, Seabourn said “Despite the continuous work and substantial efforts at the shipyard, the ship is requiring additional time for final completion and inspections. We are not willing to compromise on quality, safety or the guest experience, and therefore, we must regretfully cancel its first voyage.”
“For the ship to be ready for service, several milestones need to be completed in advance of its first voyage. These milestones, despite rigorous planning and high levels of staffing, have not been met.
“The last remaining milestones are minor; however, they must be completed to finalise sign-off and delivery of the vessel,” the luxury cruise line said.
Seabourn Venture was originally slated to begin operation in June 2021, but like many new builds in this new luxury expedition class, it has suffered setbacks compounded by supply chain delays, due to the pandemic.