Ship sail

First Seabourn expedition vessel enters service in Norway

The new Seabourn Venture officially enters service today in Norway. As Seabourn’s first purpose-built expedition vessel, the ultra-luxury cruise ship welcomes guests to Tromso for a trip to Svalbard.

The one-way route sails to the North Cape and the Northern Isles before ending in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

In addition to visits to Storstappen Island, Hornvika, Skarsvag and Bear Island, the expedition includes a seven-day in-depth exploration of the Svalbard archipelago.

According to Seabourn, during the cruise, passengers will be able to partake in zodiac rides along deeply carved fjords, treks across vast tundra and paddles around sparkling bays.

The route is also said to promote wildlife encounters, allowing guests to spot polar bears, whales, and migrating birds.

Continuing its inaugural season, the Seabourn Venture is set to spend the summer in the Arctic, with itineraries exploring not only Svalbard, but also remote destinations in Greenland, Iceland and the Canadian Arctic.

In October, the ship sets sail for the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the west coast of South America and the Chilean fjords before launching a winter program in Antarctica.

Delivered by the T. Mariotti shipyard in June, the Seabourn Venture was designed and built to navigate in remote and polar areas.

In addition to a total of 132 balcony suites and luxury experiences on small ships, the Venture also offers a range of free expedition activities led by an expert team of 26 people made up of scientists, academics , naturalists, etc.

Among these activities are zodiac cruises, hikes, nature walks, scuba diving and snorkeling, and additional free organized excursions.

Other ship features include a fleet of custom-designed submarines, eight restaurants, a panoramic lounge, and more.