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Seabourn Venture Review

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Aaron Saunders
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Seabourn Venture Overview

Outfitted with a PC6 Polar Class-rated hull and an expedition team of 27 dedicated specialists, Seabourn Venture will take the line's Ventures by Seabourn expedition program to new heights when the vessel debuts in 2021.

Under construction at Italy's T. Mariotti shipyard, Seabourn Venture and a currently unnamed sister will offer a full complement of double sea kayaks, mountain bikes, e-bikes and a fleet of 24 Zodiac rafts that will be able to accommodate all passengers onboard at once.

Also offered on the "cool toys" front: two custom-built submarines that will allow cruisers to do a little undersea exploration on select expedition voyages.

Seabourn Venture and its sister will represent an entirely new design for Seabourn. Despite this, Seabourn's hallmark luxury touches will still be present throughout these rugged globetrotters, from sumptuous cuisine to inclusive beverages and a tipping-not-required policy.

Dining

Exact dining details for Seabourn Venture are still under wraps. It's a fairly safe bet to assume, however, that they won't stray far from the magic Seabourn formula. Expect to see a main dining room and a more casual space (a'la The Colonnade) serving up some pretty spectacular fare.

It is not known yet if Seabourn Venture will feature specialty dining options like those found aboard the line's other vessels.

Cabins

The 132 cabins onboard are all veranda suites that come in several different sizes and configurations.

Veranda Suites make up the bulk of accomodations onboard, coming in at 355 square feet with 75-square-foot balconies. This is your standard suite accomodation, with a comfortable living area, beds that can be placed either as one queen or two twins, a walk-in closet, a flat-panel television, a fully stocked bar and refrigerator, a small writing desk and vanity area, a bathroom featuring separate tub and shower, and standard amenities like robes, slippers and luxury health and beauty products.

Panorama Veranda Suites increase living space slightly to 417 square feet and enlarge the veranda to 85 square feet. They have a larger living and sleeping area, plus a dual-vanity bathroom with a separate toilet area.

Penthouse Suites are 527 square feet and offer up separate living and sleeping areas, a spacious dual-vanity bathroom and a veranda that spans 97 square feet.
Each of two Owner's Suites offers 1,023 square feet of living space with a curved 484-square-foot veranda. These feature separate living and sleeping areas, a larger walk-in closet and a spacious dual-vanity bathroom.

Two Signature Suites are similarly-styled to the Owner's Suites, but they're slightly larger at 1,377 square feet apiece, each with a 592-square-foot veranda. These particular rooms have the cachet of a heated in-room locker for expedition gear, which will be useful in the cold and often wet polar regions that Seabourn Venture is expected to visit.

Two Wintergarden Suites offer the ultimate in lavish living aboard Seabourn Venture. Though not the largest onboard, they can be combined with an adjacent Mid-Ship Veranda Suite to create a living space of 1,399 square feet with a 205-square-foot veranda. The Wintergarden Suites are noteworthy for being Seabourn's first two-story suites afloat.

Top Deck Attractions

Little is known about top-deck attractions aboard Seabourn Venture at this point, though it is reasonable to expect the ship's upper decks to house most of the Zodiac equipment while still offering plenty of viewing space for passengers.

The aft portion of Deck 9 will boast two panoramic hot tubs situated on the port and starboard sides of the vessel.

Entertainment

Entertainment aboard Seabourn Venture will primarily consist of lectures and information sessions provided by the ship's onboard expedition teams. The onboard Discovery Center will function as the prime venue for these lectures (known as Seabourn Conversations), while the Expedition Lounge will offer a more casual and cozy atmosphere for one-on-one chats with fellow passengers over an adult libation or two.

Itineraries

Seabourn Venture makes its debut on a 10-day pre-inaugural "Highlights of the English Channel" voyage on July 5, 2021, sailing from Lisbon to Greenwich (London), UK.

Following that, the ship repositions for a season of summer cruises in Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.

During its first winter, Seabourn Venture sails the coast of South America before arriving for a debut season in Antarctica, sailing roundtrip itineraries from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula. As with any polar itinerary, exact routes are always dependent on ice and weather conditions.

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