The debut of Seabourn’s sixth ship, the Seabourn Venture, signals a new era in adventure travel for the ultra-luxury cruise line. The world’s newest expedition ship embarked on her first official voyage on July 27. The godmother of the Seabourn Venture, Alison Levine, is an expert climber and bestselling author who has led climbs on the highest peaks of each continent. 

More about Seabourn Venture 

A PC6 Polar Class ship, the Seabourn Venture is capable of sailing in all parts of the world. She features modern technology and hardware that extends her global deployment and capabilities.  

The Seabourn Venture has 132 oceanfront suites, each with a private veranda, and accommodates 264 guests. There are eight different dining venues, including sushi and pho restaurants. These are complimentary and let guests dine when and with whom they wish. Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines are available. Tipping is neither required nor expected.

The Restaurant on the Seabourn Venture will offer fine dining.

The Restaurant on the Seabourn Venture will offer fine dining.

The Seabourn Venture is staffed with a 26-person expedition team that brings destinations to life. Team members include submarine pilots, lead kayakers, bear guides, dive masters, marine biologists, geologists, surface supervisor officers, climatologists, and ornithologists. Their valuable insights are offered via formal presentations and in casual conversations over meals and during leisure experiences.

The Seabourn Venture has been created to provide super-exclusive, off-the-ship adventures for guests. Inclusive expedition experiences include Zodiacs, scuba diving, and snorkeling, plus other complimentary excursions. Optional expedition excursions are available for an additional charge.

The Seabourn Venture is equipped with a great selection of “water toys.” Besides 24 Zodiacs and kayaks, there are two custom-built submarines, each with a capacity for six persons. 

Hosted by members of the expedition team, the Seabourn Venture has an “open bridge policy” providing first hand access to the ship’s command center and officers navigating the journey. (This is at the discretion of the captain.)

The Seabourn Venture’s Constellation Lounge

The Seabourn Venture’s Constellation Lounge

Public spaces on the Seabourn Venture have narratives of their own, combining the spirit of adventure and thrill of discovery with Seabourn-style luxury and comfort.  The Expedition Lounge, located on Deck 4, is adjacent to the Discovery Center, where guests gather to enjoy the natural history and cultural programming. The Bow Lounge, with the closest access to the water, is a prime setting for watching marine life. The Constellation Lounge, the highest indoor viewing point, is located on the top deck, with stunning 270-degree views and an intimate interior dressed up in dark blue and red, inspired by the constellations in the evening night skies. The Club is a space for guests to enjoy afternoon tea and pre-dinner music. 

The Seabourn Venture’s Inaugural Season

When the Seabourn Venture sailed out on July 27, she was doing a 12-day Northern Isles expedition cruise, departing from Tromso, Norway, and then sailing on to the Arctic and Svalbard Archipelago. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, the archipelago is home to polar bears, puffins, and other wildlife. 

In October, the Seabourn Venture will do 10-to-14-night sailings to the Caribbean and then head south to Central America, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, and Peru.  From November 2022 to February 2023, the Seabourn Venture will sail on 11-to-22-day voyages to Chile, Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. In March and April 2023, she will offer 7-to-12-night sailings in Brazil and the Amazon.

The Seabourn Pursuit will call in Iceland in 2023.

The Seabourn Pursuit will call in Iceland in 2023.

Seabourn Venture’s Sister Ship

The Seabourn Venture’s sister ship, the Seabourn Pursuit, is currently under construction and set to launch in 2023. Like the Seabourn Venture, she’ll carry two custom-built submarines as well as 24 zodiacs and kayaks. And she will have a 26-person expert expedition team.

The Seabourn Pursuit will explore the waters and beautiful landscapes of Iceland, Greenland, and Norway through the spring months and into early summer 2023. In August 2023, one highlight will be the Northwest Passage journey from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nome, Alaska. 

Final Thoughts

Seabourn is renowned for luxury amenities, onboard service, and a high level of cuisine. The Thomas Keller steakhouses on their ships, including the Seabourn Ovation, are one example. But combining luxury with super-exclusive adventures on its purpose-built expedition ship, the Seabourn Venture, introduces a new dimension, one to definitely consider when planning your group’s next cruise.

By Cindy Bertram

Cindy Bertram has 15+ years of cruise industry expertise in marketing, content creation, sales, and training as well as social media. Her MBA from Loyola University Chicago complements her high creative edge and liberal arts BA. She can be reached at