Seabourn Appoints Captain for New-Build

June 25, 2008

Luxury line Seabourn is readying for its new-build, Seabourn Odyssey, with the appointment of the ship's captain. Captain Karlo Buer will command the 32,000-ton, 450-passenger ship when it comes into service in June 2009.

Captain Buer will take up his post at the T.Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy, in early 2009, where he will supervise officers as they familiarise themselves with the vessel during completion.

Buer, from Olso, joined Seabourn in 1989 as the supervising captain on the construction of Seabourn Spirit. Upon the vessel's launch, he took a shoreside job in Seabourn's Oslo office before returning to sea as captain of Seabourn Spirit. He has also captained Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Legend.

Seabourn Odyssey will be the cruise industry's first ultra-luxury addition in six years. It may not have the same "wow" factor as the latest offerings from the likes of Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity, but the ship will have the largest spa on any luxury ship, clocking in at 11,400 square feet. Also, 90 percent of all suites on the all-suite ship will have verandahs.

Odyssey's 14-day maiden voyage departs June 24, 2009; the ship will sail from Venice to Istanbul, visiting ports in Croatia, Turkey and Greece.

--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor