SEATTLE, November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Seabournthe leader in ultra-luxury ocean and expedition travel, has taken the next step with Seabourn Company makes his very first visit to Antarctic. The first purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Company marked the maiden voyage to the “Great White Continent” with the official christening ceremony on Sunday, November 20, 2022when the ship came to rest in fast ice in the Weddell Sea, part of the Southern Ocean.

Seabourn Venture’s the guests, serving as honorary patrons, joined the ship’s godmother, global adventurer, mountaineer and polar explorer Alison Levinwho has virtually acquitted herself of her ceremonial functions, to wish Seabourn Company many blessings and amazing expeditions ahead. The crew aboard pulled out a bottle made of ice that was smashed against the ship, an age-old tradition of naming ships. Guests and ship’s crew were all smiles throughout the ceremony, warmed by their complimentary Seabourn expedition-grade parkas while toasting Seabourn Company. Following the ceremony, Robin West, Seabourn’s VP of Expedition Operations spoke about the Seabourn brand’s expedition heritage and shared his excitement for adventure travel ahead. Lucien Bernacchi, Seabourn Venture’s Expedition leader, congratulations Captain Stig Betten for finding the perfect venue for the ceremony, which took place under calm winds and beautiful blue skies.

“We were looking forward to Seabourn Venture’s maiden voyage to Antarctic since the time the ship debuted earlier this year,” said President Seabourn Josh Leibowitz. “This extraordinary continent encapsulates exactly what we hope to bring to passengers sailing aboard our new ship: adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring wonder. ideal for naming the most luxurious expedition vessel, Seabourn Company.”

Video of the christening ceremony is available here:

However Seabourn Company launched the July 27, 2022in Tromsø, NorwaySeabourn chose Antarctic for the christening ceremony, as the southernmost continent represents everything the ship is intended for. The ship has left San Antonio, Chileon November 7, 2022and descended the coast of Chilerewarding guests with breathtaking beauty in canals, straits, sounds, fjords and glaciers, before reaching the frozen continent.

In Antarctic, the ship offered hikes and zodiac rides, all led by a dedicated 26-member expedition team made up of wildlife experts, scientists, historians and naturalists. Guests also had the opportunity to participate in expedition experiences such as kayaking where expedition guides led guests to paddle through the beautiful landscape, or scuba diving Antarctic by Seabourn’s luxurious expedition submarines where guests’ eyes were opened to the underwater wonders.

A first year full of exploration

Between November 2022 and February 2023, Seabourn Company will make trips of 11 to 22 days to Antarctic, South Georgia and the falkland islands which will offer close encounters with wilderness and wildlife, including floating icebergs, waddling colonies of penguins and feisty fur seals, as well as visits to research stations that have anchor points on the continent. The voyages will include several daily operations using the Zodiacs for landings and cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula. Optional excursions will also be available, such as kayaking and the ship’s submarines, allowing guests to explore the vast frontier below sea level.

In March and April 2023, Seabourn Company will undertake a series of expedition trips of seven to 12 days in Brazil and the Amazon, visiting many colorful colonial towns on the coast of Brazil and navigate in the heart of South America through one of the largest rivers in the world.

From May 2023Seabourn Venture will offer two new routes encompassing the British Isles and Iceland. The ship will depart from Greenwich (London), UK on May 12, 2023 for a 12-day expedition allowing for epic landscape, wildlife and bird watching throughout Ireland including the Orkney Islands in North of Scotland before ending in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 24. From there, the ship will continue its journey north for 11 days with stops Scotland before heading to the Land of Fire and Ice and ending up in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 4, 2023.

Between June and August 2023Seabourn Venture will then explore the Arctic with a series of 14 and 15 day voyages to Greenland and Iceland. On August 27, 2023the ship will embark on a 23-day voyage through the Northwest Passage, one of the most infamous and legendary passages in the world, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, with a fascinating history of exploration.

Designed for exploration and equipped for adventure

Seabourn Company is designed and built for various environments to Polar Class PC6 standards and features modern hardware and technology that expands the ship’s global deployment and capabilities. The vessel is an all-new, innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler, and includes many of the features that have made Seabourn vessels so successful.

With an attentive crew providing all levels of Seabourn’s renowned service, the vessel is staffed by a world class staff of 26 Expedition team whose role is to make the most of land and sea expeditions. Made up of renowned nature experts, scientists, historians and naturalists, the team will regularly interact with guests, providing them with in-depth information on the history, ecology and culture of the places they are visiting. . Their valuable insights are offered both in formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more informal conversations over meals, on deck during scenic cruises or leisure experiences.

The vessel is equipped with kayaks and enough Zodiacs to carry all guests on the expedition at once, as well as two custom-built submarines, each seating six people and able to explore the natural wonders under the sea in comfort. luxurious.

For more details about Seabourn or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn travel options, contact a professional travel consultant, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

About Seabourn:

The ultra-luxury Seabourn currently operates a fleet of six modern ships with one under construction and is proud to be a member of the best cruise lines in the world. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). Our highest responsibility and main priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew members, and the people and communities that our ships visit.

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Notes to editors:

Seabourn is consistently ranked among the world’s top travel picks by professional reviewers and discerning readers of prestigious travel publications such as Departures, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Its elegant and distinctive cruises are renowned for:

  • Specially designed expedition vessels, ice reinforced PC6 hull, with advanced maneuvering technology for superior stability, safety and comfort
  • World-class expedition team, delivering immersive experiences
  • All verandahs, all luxuriously appointed ocean front suites
  • Hand-crafted itineraries for the expedition traveler to the world’s most coveted and familiar remote destinations
  • Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere
  • Intuitive, personalized service delivered by staff who are passionate about exceeding guest expectations
  • Inclusive expedition experiences with Zodiacs, scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Optional expedition experiences with custom-built 6-passenger kayaks and submarines offering the option to extend your expedition for greater ocean exploration**
  • Welcome champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
  • Open deck policy*, hosted by members of the expedition team providing direct access to the ship’s command center and officers navigating your voyage
  • World-class restaurants are all free, dine where, when and with whom you want
  • Tipping is neither required nor expected
  • Premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Meticulous and focused adventure resort at sea designed for the luxury traveler with unique attributes and spaces to enhance your experience
  • Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andre Weilwith an exclusive Conscious Living program**
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability

*At the Captain’s discretion
** Optional programs, at an additional cost




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