Seabourn Venture officially named in Antarctica

Seabourn's purpose-built expedition ship makes maiden voyage to the icy continent

Seabourn Venture inaugural Antarctica voyage

Seabourn achieved a milestone this week with Seabourn Venture making its first-ever visit to Antarctica. The line’s first purpose-built expedition ship marked the inaugural voyage to the “Great White Continent” with the official naming ceremony on Sunday 20 November 2022, when the ship came to a stop in the fast ice of the Weddell Sea, part of the Southern Ocean (view the video below).

Seabourn Venture‘s guests, serving as honorary godparents, joined the ship’s godmother, global adventurer, mountaineer and polar-explorer Alison Levine, who carried out her ceremonial duties virtually, to wish Seabourn Venture many blessings and extraordinary expeditions to come.

The onboard team released a bottle made of ice that was broken against the ship, a time-honoured ship naming tradition. The ship’s guests and team were all smiles throughout the ceremony, warmed by their complimentary Seabourn expedition-grade parkas while toasting Seabourn Venture.

Seabourn Venture Naming Ceremony featured an ice-shaped champagne bottle smashed on the hull of the expedition ship

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Following the ceremony, Robin West, Seabourn’s Vice President of Expedition Operations, spoke about the expedition legacy of the Seabourn brand and shared the excitement he has for the adventure-driven voyages to come.

“We’ve eagerly awaited Seabourn Venture‘s maiden voyage to Antarctica since the moment the ship debuted earlier this year,” said Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn. “The extraordinary continent encapsulates exactly what we hope to bring to guests who sail aboard our new ship: adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring wonder.

“With the beauty of the Antarctic landscape and scenery in the background, it truly was the perfect place to name the most luxurious expedition ship, Seabourn Venture.

Though Seabourn Venture launched on 27 July 2022, in Tromsø, Norway, Seabourn chose Antarctica for the naming ceremony as the southernmost continent represents everything for which the ship is intended. The ship departed San Antonio, Chile, on 7 November, and sailed down the coast of Chile, rewarding guests with breathtaking beauty in channels, narrows, sounds, fjords, and glaciers, before reaching the icy continent.

In Antarctica, the ship offered hiking tours and Zodiac rides, all led by a dedicated 26-member Expedition Team of wildlife experts, scientists, historians, and naturalists. Guests also had the option to partake in expedition experiences such as kayaking where expedition guides led guests to paddle amongst the beautiful landscape, or diving Antarctica by Seabourn’s luxurious expedition submarines where guests’ eyes were opened to the wonders beneath the sea.

Designed for exploration and outfitted for adventure

Seabourn Venture is designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and includes modern hardware and technology that extends the ship’s global deployment and capabilities. The ship is a brand-new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler, and includes many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful.

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