Seabourn Pursuit - their second purpose-built ultra-luxury expedition ship

Seabourn, the leader in ultra-luxury voyages and expedition travel, has taken delivery of its second expedition ship, Seabourn Pursuit, in an official handover maritime ceremony at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Seabourn Pursuit is the company’s second purpose-built, ultra-luxury expedition ship and the newest expedition ship in the industry.

“I am honored to share this incredible moment with the entire Seabourn family as we welcome Seabourn Pursuit, our highly anticipated second ultra-luxury expedition ship, into our fleet,” expressed Natalya Leahy, Seabourn President. “With remarkable craftsmanship by the Mariotti team, an abundance of space, and the breathtaking style of Tihany Design, Seabourn Pursuit raises the bar for ultra-luxury expedition travel. We are grateful to Mariotti and Tihany Design for their expertise in shaping and making our dream come true for our guests.”

Leahy added that the state-of-the-art Seabourn Pursuit will provide the perfect combination of luxury and expedition. “Seabourn Pursuit offers the best of both worlds: our well-known signature luxury and elegance with the world of exploration and adventure. The ship is masterfully designed for our guests, who are extraordinary people looking for out of the ordinary experiences. Our guests will indulge in Seabourn’s ultra-luxury style and enjoy our intuitive, personalized service, while the ship takes them to awe-inspiring destinations around the world that only few will ever visit in a lifetime.”

“Today, one year after the delivery of Seabourn Venture, we are very happy to have completed and delivered her sister ship, Seabourn Pursuit,” said Marco Ghiglione, Managing Director of T. Mariotti. “We are truly proud to have built the most outstanding ultra-luxury expedition ship for Seabourn, one of the leading cruise lines in the luxury market. This is another important masterpiece for Italian shipbuilding coming out of T. Mariotti shipyard, demonstrating again that our leadership in this sector is well consolidated. Thanks to Seabourn, all people involved in this journey, Lloyd’s Register and the pencil of Adam Tihany, here is the new expedition jewel.”


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Seabourn Pursuit offers the same luxurious “yacht like” small ship experience that travelers have come to expect from Seabourn, enhanced by world-class equipment that allows the line to offer its widest range of expedition activities led by an expert 24-person expedition team of scientists, scholars, naturalists, and more. Seabourn Pursuit is designed and built for remote, diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include a plethora of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ship’s global deployment and capabilities. Seabourn Pursuit has close to 30,000 square feet of deck space and special touches at every turn. Those include indoor and outdoor guest areas with nearly 270-degree views, and a 4K GSS Cineflex Camera mounted on the mast of the Constellation Lounge capable of broadcasting imagery from miles ahead on monitors located throughout the ship and in guest suites.

In addition, Seabourn Pursuit, like the rest of the ships in the Seabourn fleet, offers an abundance of space and elegance, eight dining facilities serving gourmet cuisine, and luxurious all-suite accommodations, including a pair of two-level Wintergarden suites.

Seabourn Pursuit is scheduled to enter service August 12, 2023, and will sail five voyages in the Mediterranean before embarking on two voyages across the Atlantic and through the Caribbean. On October 10, 2023, the ship will arrive in Barbados to begin its expedition journeys, taking guests to remote corners of the globe. Seabourn Pursuit will head south for expeditions exploring coastal South America, the Amazon, and Antarctica into late March 2024.

Following its inaugural Antarctic season, the ship will head across the islands of the South Pacific and eventually to Australia, which will be the start of the line’s first exploration of the Kimberley region in the Northern Territory and Western Australia between June and August 2024. The iconic Kimberley, with its red sandstone gorges, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, and Aboriginal life and history, is the ideal setting for a truly, world-class expedition experience. In addition to the Kimberley, Seabourn Pursuit will visit Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Indonesia, and sail across the South Pacific between Chile and Melanesia between March and October 2024.

Comments (7)

  1. Mike Watkins says:

    That cruise taking in the likes of Kimberley, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific is very, very tempting. It would all be very new to me and it would tick off a number of places that I am yet to visit.

  2. Lynne Gardner says:

    Someone, somewhere has got deep pockets. Launching two ships like these superb vessels in one year eats up huge capital resources. There must be some significant investment going on.

  3. Bob says:

    I’m in awe of the team of designers who came to share a vision to create such a beaut vessel. She really is one of the nautical wonders of the maritime world.

  4. Nick Dougil says:

    As they’ve launched two ships within the year, I’m guessing that this is a market with huge growth. The punters seem to appreciate the combination of seeing extreme adventurous locations with plenty of comfort and cosseting. Which sounds to be exactly what I want!

  5. Natasha says:

    To be honest he cabins on that ship are far more spacious than our so called master bedroom at home.

  6. Julie Humphrey says:

    What really matters for so many cruisers is they avoid the mass tourism of the mega cruisers where you have to queue for tenders to get ashore. I can see that the small ship, private yacht feel could be the clincher for many potential sailors.

  7. Adrian Redfern says:

    Next year, 2024, will be a big year for us. We should clock up 40 years of marriage and we plan to sell up our business and retire. Those milestones deserve something special as a celebration.

    We’ve often talked about a cruise and never found the time to do one. We’ve been keeping our eyes open for what’s on offer. These Seabourn ships and their itineraries are incredibly impressive. If we’re going to go cruising, we should start at the top.

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