Based on our trip to the Antarctic on the Seabourn Quest in 2019 we chose this new expedition ship when we decided to visit Greenland. When completion of the Venture was delayed a total of four times and our initial sailing date was advanced by almost exactly one year we were initially a bit concerned about how things would come together. But to cut to the finish, I guess the time was well spent and we had a wonderful trip overall.
We found the public spaces to be comfortable, attractive and contemporary. Compared with our other Seabourn trip, the Venture carries just 264 passengers and is 23,000 gross tons versus 450 and 32.000 for the Seabourn Quest. Still our ship never seemed too small in the sense that we never seemed to lack what we needed.
Serving as both a theater and meeting room, we frequently found ourselves in the Discovery Center for next day briefings, fascinating lectures by the knowledgeable professionals and even occasional entertainment. Still, its poor sight lines could sometimes be frustrating when trying to absorb a detailed schedule of the following day's activities.
Our Veranda Suite which was very comfortable. Despite the cool weather in Greenland, we were glad to have the balcony to take in our surroundings. One night we even appreciated being able to watch the northern lights in the middle of the night without having to even go up on deck. Having a bathtub in addition to a shower is a nice touch but I do wish that they had allocated a little more space in the shower.
This smallest of towns with 100-200 persons was our first real landfall in Greenland. It left a warm and lasting impression especially from the choir who presented a short welcoming concert in their tiny church.
Beautiful scenic island off the coast of Iceland. I was very impressed that while much of the town was covered by a volcanic eruption in 1973, their audacious use of water pumps eventually halted the flow of lava and even resulted in an improved port.
Visiting this Viking church site from the 1300s, which is remote from any other signs of civilization in the area, turned out to be a moving and personal experience.