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Seabourn’s second exploration cruise ship goes outfitted

Seabourn Pursuit completed 1,200 mile journey for second phase of gear (Seabourn)

Posted on April 22, 2022 at 8:38 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the 23,000 gross tons Seabourn Pursuit completed her first trip this week, but instead of popping champagne corks, she was backed by a heavy barge. Hull construction and structural work for the new vessel was completed at the Cimolai shipyard in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy, before the vessel traveled 1,200 nautical miles to the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Italy, for the equipment.

Construction of the new ship, which together with its sister ship Seabourn Company, marking Carnival Corporation’s entry into the growing expedition segment of the cruise industry, debuted in fall 2020 alongside its sister ship. The first ship departed for the voyage around Italy to Genoa in March 2021. For both ships the hull was built to new deck level and much of the technical equipment was undertaken, including the equipment of each hull with engines, generators and main equipment. engine rooms, at the Cimolai shipyard. Mariotti will undertake the rest of the technical equipment as well as the construction of accommodation and passenger and crew lounges.

The Seabourn Pursuit’s hull was moved onto a special barge on 6 April and began the voyage to Genoa on 15 April. Towing the vessel around Italy took five days to arrive at the Mariotti yard on April 20.

The two hulls were built side by side in Cimolai as well as the installation of the engine rooms (Cimolai)

“Today marks a major milestone in the construction of Seabourn Pursuit, and we look forward to welcoming her to the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa,” said Marco Ghiglione, Managing Director of T. Mariotti. “Seabourn Pursuit, along with its sister ship, Seabourn Venture, will be an innovative addition to the cruise market, and thank you to everyone who has helped turn this important vision into reality.”

Each of the ships, which will accommodate 264 passengers all in outside staterooms with private balconies, is part of the new wave of luxury exploration cruising. The ships, which are built to Polar Class PC6, combine amenities including two gourmet restaurants, a forward lounge with large windows, an infinity pool and a spa and fitness center with an ice-class hull designed for cruises including Antarctica, Northern Norway, Canadian Arctic, Amazonia and a planned passage in 2023 on the Russian North Sea Route (Northeast Passage).

Like other ships competing in this emerging part of the market, the ships are also outfitted with equipment for shipments to more distant locations. In addition to two submarines on board each ship, there will be a complement of double sea kayaks as well as 24 Zodiacs that can accommodate all guests on board at once. There will also be 26-person teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists on each trip to conduct educational programs and lead tours.

Seabourn had planned to launch its new expedition cruises in 2021, but was delayed by the pandemic and related construction issues. The company has postponed the first sailing several times, which is now scheduled for July 15, 2022, with a trip from the United Kingdom to Norway aboard the Seabourn Company. The second ship, Seabourn Pursuitis expected to enter service in 2023.

Seabourn Venture is due to enter service in July 2022 (T. Mariotti)