The latest from Seabourn: Thomas Keller, Adam Tihany and more...

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The latest news from Seabourn is about both loyalty and innovation - this is a company that looks backwards, recognises its roots and the importance of old friends, whilst building strong relationships with new friends and planning for the future.

At Mundy Cruising, our relationship with Seabourn goes right back to the launch in the 80s, when a group of Norwegian investors created the company. Paul Mundy sent his newly printed Seabourn brochure to regular cruisers Eric and Jean Cass, who decided to try it out, taking their first Seabourn cruise on Seabourn Pride in May 1989. For over twenty five years, Eric and Jean have travelled frequently on Seabourn, so often indeed that they were due to celebrate 3,000 days on board during their December cruise on Seabourn Sojourn. Unfortunately, they decided that they were unable to take the long flight to Singapore, much to the disappointment of the Seabourn team, both on board and ashore, who had been making a few plans.

Undeterred, Seabourn came up with a new plan. A private afternoon tea was arranged, and two of their Seabourn waiters, Andrew Fisher and Elizabeth Dwyer, were flown in to attend the party. John Delaney, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Sales, was there from Seattle, along with Lynn Narraway, UK Managing Director, and myself on behalf of Mundy Cruising.

The highlight of the day was a special video tribute, featuring some of their favourite shore side and shipboard staff, wishing Mr and Mrs Cass well and thanking them for their friendship and loyalty over the years. On board Seabourn Sojourn, Captain Hamish Elliott and his crew taped a ceremony dedicating one of their lifeboats to the two of them and affixing a plaque to that effect. All in all a very special tribute to a very special couple.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, other plans are well advanced for the launch of Seabourn Encore later this year. Alex Loizou met the designer, Adam Tihany, as he spoke about his preparation for the job (Seabourn insisted that he spent plenty of time on board to get to understand what a Seabourn guest is all about), and what he has in mind. With extraordinary focus, he has developed enhancements in every area of the ship, using cutting edge technology and the best of contemporary design, building on the beauty of the existing ships and taking Seabourn Encore to the next level.

The most exciting enhancement is the new speciality restaurant by Thomas Keller, the world-renowned American chef and restaurateur and the culinary genius behind a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants - The French Laundry, Per Se, and Bouchon. What's more, in conjunction with Seabourn's culinary team he is developing an array of dishes to be featured on board Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest.


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Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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