6 reasons to cruise with Seabourn

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Seabourn's history of operating the very best luxury ships stretches back 30 years, yet at the same time they have the youngest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet in the industry, dating from the introduction of Seabourn Odyssey in 2009.

All four (soon to be five) Seabourn ships feature spacious all ocean front suites, a high ratio of space per guest, and highly personalised service by close to one staff member for each guest. Once on board, you will be intrigued by a whole variety of truly impressive partnerships and collaborations...

1. Enriching lectures

More than just a conventional 'guest lecturer' programme, Seabourn Conversations features acclaimed luminaries who join the onboard conversation, with wide ranging areas of expertise including the arts, culture, gastronomy, science, current affairs and history. You will love their scheduled lectures - but what will fascinate you even more is sitting over dinner with these people, enjoying stimulating conversations and lots of fun too.

Dining on board Seabourn Encore

2. Fabulous fine dining

World-renowned American triple Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller oversees onboard menus as well as directing the concept of alternative restaurant The Grill. Of course, in fine company such as this, there can be no doubt that gastronomy is a key feature of a Seabourn cruise.

Dining at the Colonnade restaurant on Seabourn Encore

3. Spa and wellness

Spa and wellness expert Dr Andrew Weil has overseen the whole wellness programme on board, which will operate under the direction of The Wellness Guide. The programme includes the daily practice of meditation and yoga, alongside Mind and Body seminars, and anti-inflammatory foods adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil's nutritional guidance.

Spa treatment room on Seabourn Encore

4. First class entertainment

Meanwhile in the arena of entertainment, Academy Award winner Sir Tim Rice, the acclaimed musical theatre lyricist, is the inspiration. "An Evening with Tim Rice" is now playing on all Seabourn ships. It is a concert-style presentation narrated via video by Rice to highlight some of his most loved work - from Jesus Christ Superstar to Aladdin and The Lion King, enhanced through anecdotes and visuals.

Grand Salon on Seabourn

5. Adventurous itineraries

Wide ranging itinerary options include Ventures by Seabourn - on these sailings a knowledgeable, experienced expedition team of scientists, scholars and naturalists enhance the experience both on board and on exhilarating sea-level adventures on a fleet of sturdy Zodiac inflatable boats or paddling in double sea kayaks. This allows to more adventurous travellers to enjoy the perfect juxtaposition of Seabourn luxury with exciting close up activity, such as the Antarctica programme on board Seabourn Quest.

Ventures by Seabourn - Quest in Antarctica

6. Cutting-edge design

Inspired design on these lovely ships means that walking through the vessel feels like enjoying a very special gallery, with art works and sculptures of all sorts thoughtfully displayed. We are particularly looking forward to the collection currently being selected for the newest ship in the fleet, Seabourn Ovation, which will enter service in May 2018.

The design projects for Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation have been led by renowned designer Adam Tihany, who commissioned the team at ArtLink to curate the collection for the new Seabourn Ovation, which includes sculpture, photography, lithographs, porcelain, ceramics and paintings from around the world.

Seabourn Encore - Penthouse Spa Suite

With a fleet of five ships, Seabourn is able to operate a varied worldwide programme of itineraries, meaning that once you have experienced and enjoyed a Seabourn cruise, the world truly is your oyster, with so many different travel opportunities.

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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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