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Seabourn Cruise Line

1/31/2011
CRUISE LINE PROFILE: Seabourn Cruise Line

CRUISE LINE PROFILE:

Seabourn Cruise Line

Photo of Seabourn ship goes here.

Seabourn sails the world, delivering impeccable service and an intimate, small-ship experience.*

Overview

Seabourn Cruise Line is an ultra-luxury brand of yacht-like vessels owned by Carnival Corporation. The line was started in 1987 by a consortium of Norwegian investors, under the guidance of Warren S. Titus, the former president of now defunct Royal Viking Line.

In 1998, a consortium including Carnival Corporation purchased Cunard Line from Kvaerner ASA and merged Cunard with Seabourn. A year later, Carnival exercised its option to buy out the other partners. Seabourn operated for many years under the Cunard umbrella, but in 2004, Seabourn was created as a stand-alone brand. Today, the line is independently managed and operated, as are other Carnival's brands.

Photo of Seabourn Spirit goes here.Seabourn Pride, the company's first ship, was launched in 1988, followed by Seabourn Spirit in 1989.

In 1991, Carnival Corporation purchased a 25 percent stake in the company, adding another 25 percent in 1996, which investment allowed the acquisition of the line's third ship, Seabourn Legend.

 

The Seabourn Spirit was the line's second ship to enter service.*

Ambience & Style of Cruising

Seabourn's hallmarks are impeccable, know-your-name service, outstanding cuisine, and worldwide itineraries. The line delivers elegant, ultra luxury cruising aboard small ships.

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Excellent service, both in public areas and in your suite, is a Seabourn hallmark.*

Accommodations

Seabourn's all-suite accommmodations provide a relaxing environment for guests. They're decorated in shades of blue, creme and gold. Suites were recently updated with new flat screen televisions and DVD players. The suites also feature Bose radios, binoculars for guest use, walk-in closets, a safe, and marble bathrooms.

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Seabourn's suites feature a separate living and sleeping area, and like this configuration, some suites have French balconies.*

While Seabourn's ships were built in the pre-balcony era, some French balconies have been added to the ships in subsequent drydock overhauls. As a result, your suite will either have a large picture window, a French balcony, or in the case of the higher end accommodations, at times (but not always) a balcony.

Photo of Owner's Suite on Seabourn goes here.

The Owner's Suite offers more spacious accommodations.*

Dining

The creations of celebrity chef Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York and Las Vegas, among other fine establishments, are featured onboard Seabourn vessels. The Restaurant features open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner so guests may choose with whom they dine during posted meal hours.

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Elegant dining and gourmet cuisine, with creative entrees by Charlie Palmer, are perks for Seabourn guests.*

Photo of al fresco dining on Seabourn goes here.The casual alternative indoor/outdoor restaurant serves buffet-style breakfast and lunch and seated dinners by reservation (no charge). If you arrive a few minutes early at the casual restaurant, as we did on one occasion, they welcome you inside and seat you (we did not have to stand around waiting).

The restaurant's outdoor deck area is lovely for casual al fresco dining on a nice day, with covered umbrella tables shading guests from the sun. 

This casual restaurant becomes an elegant tastings restaurant in the evening. We found the most interesting combinations of small tastings, making a seven course meal a "doable" project with unique blends of flavors and spices along the way.

Al fresco casual dining (at right)  is a feature of Seabourn.* 

The Sky Grill offers al fresco lunches and dinners (no fee). Complimentary room service is a 24-hour affair, and during dinner hours you may order off the menu from the Restaurant (in addition to the normal room service menu).           

Activities

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Onboard cooking demonstrations, both by guest chefs and Seabourn's own chefs, is one daytime entertainment activity.*

Lectures by experts on history, culture and travel and guest participation activities -- including team trivia, Name that Tune and Liar's Club -- are among daytime diversions. The ships have fold-out marinas that are deployed in good weather and at the appropriate ports of call for water sports. Once, during a New England/Canada voyage, the captain stopped the ship and fishing tackle was distributed for guests to fish.

Golf putting, table tennis, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, computer classes and fitness classes are also pastimes. In the evenings, guests enjoy cabaret entertainment, music for dancing and Movies Under the Stars on deck.

Spa & Fitness

Seabourn features a variety of spa services, an ocean-view gymnasium with treadmills (and tvs to pass the time), cycles, variable resistance lines, free weights, and step and ball equipment. Guests also might take classes in yoga, Pilates and Ki-Bo. 

The spa provides a complete menu of pampering massage, wrap and aromatherapy treatments. An added plus? Seabourn provides free Massage Moments on deck. You sit in a special massage chair as staff give you a wonderful neck and shoulder massage. Beauty salon services also are offered for men and women.

The ships have a small swimming pool and whirlpools for guest relaxation.

Photo of the deck area with whirlpools visible.

Guests have use of whirlpools on the open-air deck. On many cruises, an on-deck party with a gastronomically superb buffet is offered (the start of the buffet set-up is shown above).

Organized Kids' Programs

No.

Tipping Policy

Tips are neither required nor expected.

Fleet

Photo of a Seabourn ship anchored off a Caribbean island goes here.Total Ships in Worldwide Fleet: three existing vessels (two new ships are also now on order)
Total Ships Embarking from Southern U.S. Ports: two as detailed below.

Seabourn Pride

Embarkation Port: Port Everglades at Fort Lauderdale, FL
Year Launched: 1988 
Passenger Count: 208

Itineraries: The ship sails from Port Everglades to South America, circumnavigates the continent, sails from Manaus to Port Everglades and sails to Barbados for Caribbean cruises. She returns to Ft. Lauderdale and sails Trans-Atlantic to Lisbon in the spring, returning from Europe to Ft. Lauderdale in the fall.

                                                       A Seabourn ship anchors at a pristine isle.*

Seabourn Legend

Embarkation Port: Port Everglades at Fort Lauderdale, FL
Year launched: acquired By Seabourn in 1996-the ship was launched in 1993 as Royal Viking Queen.
Passenger count: 208 (double occupancy).

Itineraries:  From Port Everglades to Costa Rica via Belize City, Hunting Caye, Belize, Roatan, Honduras; Puerto Moin, Costa Rica; Fuerte Amador, Panama; Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.). 11-day eastern and southern Caribbean cruise from Port Everglades to St. Thomas in February and seven-day Caribbean cruise from St. Thomas to Fort Lauderdale in March; Trans-Atlantic: 13 days, eastbound from Port Everglades to Lisbon, then the ship returns to Port Everglades in the fall.

For More Information

Seabourn Cruise Line
Mailing Address, 6100 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 400 Miami FL 33126
Main office: 800-929-9391
Reservations phone: 800-929-9391
Web: www.seabourn.com







 


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