The Seabourn Pursuit, the latest gem from a premier luxury cruise line, embarked on its inaugural journey from Valletta, Malta on August 12th. With 132 lavish suites, this ship is designed to venture into polar extremes and serene destinations like the Amazon River and the South Pacific, offering a seamless blend of ultra-luxury and adventurous exploration.
A Vision of Luxury and Adventure
Natalya Leahy, President of Seabourn, expressed her pride in the Seabourn Pursuit, heralding it as a remarkable accomplishment in luxury expedition cruising. This cruise vessel, along with its predecessor Seabourn Venture, boasts an impressive architecture accommodating 264 passengers. Anchored by a 24-person expedition team, these ships promise an array of experiences such as kayaking, scuba diving, heart-racing hikes, and cultural immersions. This diverse array of offerings adapts to each port’s unique appeal.
A Fusion of Elegance and Capability
Drawing inspiration from its sister ship, Seabourn Venture, the Pursuit mirrors its design ethos. The yacht-like aesthetics coupled with the ability to accommodate adventures define these cruise ships. From sea kayaks and Zodiacs for remote shore excursions to six-passenger submarines for underwater exploration, these vessels offer a gateway to unprecedented encounters. Suites of the cruise feature Swarovski binoculars, and polar expeditions provide Helly Hansen parkas and waterproof backpacks for guests.
Seabourn executives emphasize the Pursuit’s dual identity as both a luxury cruise ship and an expedition platform. With Tihany Design’s captivating touch, every suite features verandas, and the Dr. Andrew Weil-inspired spa enhances the onboard experience. The fare encompasses an array of indulgences, such as caviar on demand. Despite these luxuries, the Pursuit’s ultimate goal remains to transport visitors to unreachable destinations.
The Uncharted Path Ahead
The Seabourn Pursuit’s initial voyages covered familiar territories like the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. True expedition journeys commence in October, with an ambitious itinerary that includes traversing the Amazon, exploring South American coasts, and venturing to Antarctica from November through March 2024. The cruise ship’s future path includes the Pacific, with stops in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
A Journey Led by Experts
At the heart of Seabourn Pursuit’s unparalleled journeys lies the onboard expedition team, a dedicated group led by the capable hands of Robin West, Seabourn’s esteemed Vice President and General Manager of Expeditions. This team stands as a testament to expertise diversity, encompassing a spectrum of professionals such as submarine pilots, kayak guides, ornithologists, and marine biologists. Each member brings a unique perspective to the cruise voyage, igniting the spark of exploration and learning.