Seabourn has confirmed the sale of Seabourn Odyssey to Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. The luxury cruise line will continue to operate all published voyages of Seabourn Odyssey through 22 August 2024 under a charter arrangement, after which time the vessel will be delivered to MOL.
“We are proud that Seabourn Odyssey carried our guests across the world for the last 14 years and are happy to see her join a great company, MOL,” said Natalya Leahy, newly appointed President of Seabourn
“As we prepare to say farewell to Odyssey in September 2024, I am excited to further optimise our fleet as we grow our expedition business. With the addition of Seabourn Pursuit this summer, Seabourn will have one of the most modern fleets in the ultra-luxury segment with an average age of just seven years,” Leahy said.
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Seabourn said its fleet expansion into the ultra-luxury expedition market allows for a more diverse offering of deployment opportunities, which will lead to new itineraries across all seven continents with a higher guest capacity compared to 2019, even after Seabourn Odyssey’s departure.
“With this elite, modern fleet, Seabourn continues as the leader in ultra-luxury travel, providing highly curated and immersive experiences and unique ‘Seabourn Moments’ for our guests,” Leahy added.
Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Lines, an arm of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd, currently operates one ship, Nippon Maru. Built in 1990, Nippon Maru received its last renovation in 2020.
The Japanese cruise line plans to refurbish the ship in late 2024 ahead of its launch into service under a new name, operating short voyages to world cruises.