Seabourn has signed a letter of intent for the construction of two new ultra-luxury expedition ships with a new partnership between shipbuilders T.Mariotti and Damen.
The two organisations will collaborate on the construction of the vessels under a common name Mariotti Damen Cruise.
The new ships will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller, and will include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful as well as a host of unique features designed to enhance the expedition experience.
The first delivery is expected in June 2021 and the second ship is anticipated in May 2022.
The 170 metre, 23,000 gross ton vessels will add new capacity for Seabourn in Antarctica, the Arctic and other exotic destinations around the world, while meeting PC6 Polar Class standards.
Each will feature 132 luxurious oceanfront veranda suites, which will be home for up to 264 guests.
“This is a ground-breaking moment for Seabourn and for luxury travellers, who will now find a new standard of authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures in new and amazing destinations few people will ever see,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.
“The combination of immersive experience, fine accommodations and sumptuous amenities offered by these new ships builds on the success of our current product and further demonstrates our leadership as innovators as we continue offering the finest ultra-luxury cruises available.”
As vessels built exclusively for expedition travel, the ships will offer amenities designed to deliver an unparalleled guest experience in some of the most remote areas in the world.
A new and exciting offering will be two submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface.
The ships will also be designed to carry a complement of kayaks and 24 Zodiac inflatable boats, which have operated as a part of the highly successful Ventures by Seabourn programme offered in select destinations around the world.
Seabourn will announce design and service details for the new ships later this year.
Specific details about itineraries and booking availability will be released in early 2019.