Luxury cruise adventure options just got more exciting. Bridging the sophisticated accomodations and services of Seabourn’s ultra-luxury small-ships with the thrill of expedition charters, “Ventures by Seabourn” is a new series of Zodiac and kayak shore excursions offering optional opportunities that launch directly from the Seabourn Quest’s innovative fold-out watersports marina. The program begins this summer on three Northern Europe voyages.
The first wave of Ventures by Seabourn will be offered on three Seabourn Quest voyages through the summer of 2015, including: 14-Day Majestic Fjords and North Cape on June 13 and July 11 from Copenhagen, Denmark; and 24-Day Route of the Vikings departing August 8 from Copenhagen, Denmark, and traveling to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Quebec, Canada, en route to Montreal.
Ventures by Seabourn will offer sea-level exploration and shore excursions at several destinations including the fjords of the Lyse area around Stavanger by Zodiac; the Lofoten Islands by Zodiac; Nordfjord of Olden, Norway, by kayak; and a zodiac tour of the Storstappen Islands and Nordkapp plus a hike to Nordkapp. Ventures by Seabourn includes shore excursions guided by knowledgeable and experienced expedition teams of scientists, scholars and naturalists who will share insights into the history, ecology, wildlife and culture as guests explore spectacular destinations close up and at sea level.
“We are always looking for ways to enhance the cruise experience by getting guests up close to the natural and cultural wonders at Seabourn destinations,” says John Delaney, senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Combined with our onboard enrichment program that is filled with local, cultural content, Ventures by Seabourn will deliver extensive, authentic destination experiences that our guests are seeking.”
Tour leaders include: Dr. Colleen Batey, a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, who has traveled extensively through Scandinavia and its surrounding areas; Kara Weller, whose research ranges from whales in the Bering Sea to mouflan sheep in Eastern Europe, and has traveled more than 130 times to Antarctica; Luciano Bernacchi, whose travels to many destinations and wilderness areas around the world have led to a wealth of experience in adventure travel and ecotourism; Matt J. Dolan, who kayaked the entire Inside Passage from Seattle to Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska; Robin West, Seabourn’s Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, who led the line’s first two Antarctica programs and has tremendous experience in the operations of the expedition business.
Seabourn plans to expand Ventures by Seabourn fleetwide over time, including adding kayaking tours to the Antarctica sailings.