With the line's three original mega-yachts leaving the fleet in the near future, Seabourn has announced the formal signing of a contract for construction of a new all-suite, all-veranda ship, continuing the fleet modernization that the company began in 2009 with the launch of Seabourn Odyssey. The highly popular class of ship also includes the Seabourn Sojourn (2010) and Seabourn Quest (2011).
The configuration of the new, 40,350 GRT vessel will be based on the Seabourn Odyssey-class ships, with one additional deck and new expanded public areas. The ship will be built by Fincantieri S.p.A. in Italy, with delivery scheduled for mid-2016. It is expected to carry just 604 guests, based on double occupancy of the all-suite lower berths. The design will maintain Seabourn's high ratio of space per guest and enable highly personalized service by nearly one staff member per guest on board. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.
"The new ship will continue the evolution that began with Seabourn's fleet expansion, adding modern design elements and innovations consistent with Seabourn's reputation for understated elegance," said Richard D. Meadows, Seabourn's president. "With its delivery, the most highly rated cruise line in the world will also offer travelers the newest fleet of ships in the luxury segment."
The contract with Fincantieri continues a longstanding relationship of more than two decades between Seabourn's parent company, Carnival Corporation and the Italian shipbuilder.
Seabourn Quest Image Courtesy of Seabourn Cruises