In previous editions of Cruise News, we have spoken about their exciting programme of itineraries and in particular, their Greenland programme focused on Scoresby Sound, home to the largest and longest fjord system in the world; Sermilik Fjord, located in southeastern Greenland and renowned for the many icebergs that flow from multiple glaciers at its head into the Denmark Strait and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, the eastern entry to the Northwest Passage.
The perfect combination of Seabourn's traditional stylish comfort and renowned hospitality, with a great 26-person expedition team of wilderness experts, scientists, historians and naturalists and cutting-edge technology on board the ships, we think Seabourn Venture is going to be very special indeed.
The 132 oceanfront suites, starting at 355 square feet, all have their own verandah with a stylish understated décor and plenty of comfort. Penthouse and Premium suites are also available and the lovely Wintergarden Suite, on two levels, is a perfect choice for large family groups travelling together, with the opportunity to combine with smaller verandah suites to create an extensive private living space.
Seabourn aficionados can expect to feel totally at home on board, but there are some key public areas that will stand out for them on this purpose-built expedition ship.
First of all, the Landing Zone; if you have already experienced an expedition cruise you will know that this area is key. If not, let's think about the logistics. The idea is to get people off the ship as quickly as possible, so they are not hanging around in queues and also to make the most of their time out in the wilderness. But, to move from the cosy environment of the ship to the zodiacs bobbing on the water outside, you need to dress up in warm clothing, put on rubber boots, fit your lifejackets and so forth, so a well-organised space including lockers, places to sit, hangers and more is essential.
Back on board after a trip ashore, you still don't want to miss out on the action, so specific lounges are completely geared up to ensure that you can keep constantly involved. The Expedition Lounge on Deck 4 has an adjacent Discovery Centre, which allows all guests to gather in a classroom-like setting to learn more from the onboard experts. Whilst the Bow Lounge, a stand-out concept for me, gives the closest access to the water, so if something exciting is happening in the sea, you have direct access to the Bow to take a good look. The highest indoor viewing point is the Constellation Lounge on the top deck, with 270-degree views. Spotters on the bridge are on constant look-out for bears and other wildlife.
Two custom-built submarines can each carry six guests to explore shipwrecks and natural wonders under the sea and of course, sturdy zodiacs and two person kayaks can be deployed speedily into the water, so adventurers can be out in the action at the earliest opportunity.