Ultra-luxury line Seabourn has recently confirmed that it has plans to launch a fourth mid-scale vessel.
The as yet un-named ship, which is due to hit the ocean waves in the latter half of 2016, is set to be modelled after the three newest vessels in line’s fleet – Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Soujourn and Seabourn Quest – and will share their standards and technical solutions as well as many of their successful features.
Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s president, commented: “We are pleased to be moving forward with the plans we announced earlier this year to build a fourth ship similar to the highly regarded new design we introduced with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest. The experience and the amenities offered by these award-winning ships have raised the bar in ultra-luxury cruising.”
Earlier in the year, Seabourn announced that it would be selling the smaller half of its fleet – namely Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend – to fellow luxury line Windstar Cruises and the new vessel is set to replace the capacity lost when the vessels leave the Seabourn fleet in 2014 and 2015.
The Italian shipyard Fincantieri has signed a deal with the line to construct the new vessel and the company’s Senior Vice President of Merchant Vessels, Gabriele Cocco, was clearly very satisfied with the agreement, saying: “We are very pleased to have acquired a new customer like Seabourn … this agreement is particularly important as it strengthens our leadership in the luxury cruise niche and confirms our primacy in the cruise industry.”
Notable features on-board the Seabourn Odyssey, Soujourn and Quest include the Seabourn Square, a welcoming lounge which replaces the traditional cruise ship lobby, a number of open terraces and a choice of whirlpools and swimming pools – including a ‘beach’ style pool.
By Simon Brotherton