Seabourn Cruise Line

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Seabourn Cruise Line
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTransportation
Founded1986
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, USA
Area servedCruise Lines
Key peopleRichard D. Meadows CEO President and CEO
ProductsCruises
ParentCarnival Corporation & plc
WebsiteSeabourn.com
 
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Seabourn Cruise Line
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTransportation
Founded1986
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, USA
Area servedCruise Lines
Key peopleRichard D. Meadows CEO President and CEO
ProductsCruises
ParentCarnival Corporation & plc
WebsiteSeabourn.com

Seabourn Cruise Line is a luxury cruise line headquartered in Seattle, Washington.[1] The line operates all around the world, from short seven-day Caribbean cruises to exotic 100+ day cruises around the world. It is owned by Carnival Corporation, part of the "World's Leading Cruise Lines" marketing group, which also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises, and AIDA Cruises. Passengers typically range in ages from the 40s to the 60s, but children are still welcome.[2]

Seabourn operates small ships that can fit in many ports around the world. The cabins are suites and are equipped with great amenities available at sea. All have designer soaps, flat-screen televisions, DVD players, and Bose Wave sound systems.[2]

History[edit]

MV Seabourn Quest in Sète, France.

Seabourn was founded in 1986 by a consortium of Norwegian investors headed by industrialist Atle Brynestad under the name Signet Cruise Lines, but adopted the name Seabourn Cruise Line shortly afterward after objections from Signet Oil over trademark ownership. Its first ship, Seabourn Pride, entered service in 1988, followed by an identical sister, Seabourn Spirit, in 1989. A third vessel, originally planned for 1990, was delayed due to investors' financial constraints and was ultimately purchased by Royal Viking Line in 1992 as Royal Viking Queen. In 1994, Royal Viking Queen was transferred to a Kloster subsidiary, Royal Cruise Line, as Queen Odyssey In 1991, Carnival Corporation purchased a 25% stake in Seabourn. Carnival Corporation upped its stake to 50% in 1996, providing the company sufficient capital to purchase the Queen Odyssey, which was renamed Seabourn Legend.[2]

In 1998, in partnership with a consortium of Norwegian businessmen, Carnival purchased the remaining 50% stake in Seabourn, as well as acquiring the venerable Cunard Line from Kvaerner ASA, and merged the two brands into an entity called Cunard Line. In 1999, three Cunard ships, Sea Goddess I, Sea Goddess II, and Royal Viking Sun were transferred into the Seabourn fleet as Seabourn Goddess I, Seabourn Goddess II, and Seabourn Sun.[2]

In 2001, Carnival bought out the Norwegian shareholders, and Seabourn's parent company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival. That summer, Seabourn Goddess I and Seabourn Goddess II were sold to Seabourn's original founder, Atle Brynestad, for his SeaDream Yacht Club. In 2002, Seabourn Sun was transferred to the Carnival-owned Holland America Line, reducing the Seabourn fleet to its three original sister ships, and the company was demerged from Cunard Line and reorganized as a stand-alone operating brand of Carnival Corporation & plc.

On March 31, 2011 Seabourn ceased operations from Miami, Florida and the transferred operations to the Holland America Line quarters in Seattle, Washington.[3]

Fleet[edit]

The company's fleet consists of six vessels, with two sets of three sister ships.

The first set, the Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, and Seabourn Legend, were built during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are nearly identical and each weighs in at 10,000 tons.

In October 2006, Seabourn ordered three new, 32,000-ton luxury cruise ships from Genoa's T. Mariotti shipyard. The first, named Seabourn Odyssey entered service in 2009, followed by the Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and the Seabourn Quest in June 2011. The three ships share most features.

It was announced on February 19, 2013 that Seabourn reached an agreement with Windstar Cruises for the sale of the three smaller Seabourn ships. Seabourn Pride will depart the fleet in April 2014, sisters Seabourn Legend & Seabourn Spirit will depart in April and May 2015, respectively. No cruises will be cancelled as the ships will sail with Seabourn until their initial dry dock periods.[4]

On October 18, 2013, Seabourn announced it had signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of a new ultra-luxury cruise ship with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The new ship will be modeled after the line's three newest vessels, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest. Delivery is planned for the second half of 2016.[5] The vessel will replace the capacity that is leaving the Seabourn brand with the sale of Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend.

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered
service
for
Seabourn
Gross TonnageFlagNotesImage
Seabourn Pride1988Schichau Seebeckwerft1989–Present10,000 tons BahamasLast refurbished in 2007; Departing the fleet in April 2014.[4]Seabourn Pride in Saint Petersburg.jpg
Seabourn Spirit1988Schichau Seebeckwerft1989–Present10,000 tons BahamasLast refurbished in 2007; departing the fleet in May 2015.[4]Seabourn Spirit (ship, 1989) IMO 8807997; in Split, 2011-11-08.jpg
Seabourn Legend1990Schichau Seebeckwerft1996–Present10,000 tons BahamasPreviously Royal Viking Queen, Last refurbished in 2008; departing the fleet in April 2015.[4]Le paquebot de croisière MS Seabourn Legend (1).jpg
Seabourn Odyssey2009T. Mariotti2009–Present32,000 tons BahamasSeabourn Odyssey (ship, 2009) IMO 9417086 in Split, 2011-11-16 (2).jpg
Seabourn Sojourn2010T. Mariotti2010–Present32,000 tons BahamasSeabourn Sojourn in front of Helsinki 2010-07-21.jpg
Seabourn Quest2011T. Mariotti2011–Present32,000 tons BahamasSeeabourn Quest 2012 092.JPG

The Odyssey, Sojourn, and Quest have a maximum passenger capacity of 450 guests, quartered in 225 suite cabins, 90% of which have a balcony. The 650-foot (200 m) vessels cost approximately US$250 million each. The ships have 11 decks, an 11,500-square-foot (1,070 m2) indoor/outdoor spa, and four alternative dining venues.[6][7]

Previous ships[edit]

ShipBuiltIn service for Seabourn Cruise LineGross TonnageStatus as of 2013
Sea Goddess I19841999–20014,253 GTTransferred to SeaDream Yacht Club as SeaDream I.
Sea Goddess II19851999–20014,253 GTTransferred to SeaDream Yacht Club as SeaDream II.
Seabourn Sun19881999–200237,848 GTTransferred to Holland America Line as Prinsendam

Accolades[edit]

The Sojourn was awarded "Best Newcomer of the Year - Silver" from the European Cruiser Association in 2010[8] while the Quest won the gold award in the same category in 2011.[9] Seabourn was voted "Best Small-Ship Cruise Line in the Conde NAst Traveler Readers' Choice Poll in 2008 and 2010. The line was also voted the "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line" in the Travel + Leisure magazine readers' poll in 2007, 2009,2010, 2011 and 2012. In addition it has been named to Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious "Gold List" of top hospitality venues for 17 consecutive years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Seabourn Cruise Line. Retrieved on January 10, 2013. "Corporate Headquarters Seabourn Cruise Line Limited 300 Elliott Ave West Seattle, WA 98119 "
  2. ^ a b c d About Seabourn Cruise Line, Cruise Critic, retrieved March 14, 2008
  3. ^ "Seabourn’s Headquarters Relocating to Seattle, Washington". The Sovereign Cruise Club. January 7, 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/8724-windstar-completes-purchase-of-three-seabourn-ships-.html
  5. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/10087-seabourn-confirms-new-ship-order-from-fincantieri.html
  6. ^ Seabourn Cruise Line orders two new ultra luxury ships, Seabourn Cruise Line - press release, October 19, 2006
  7. ^ "Zigging When They Zag: Seabourn Builds Its Future on Small Ships". Reuters. April 14, 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "April 9, 2010 Press Release". European Cruiser Association. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "June 17, 2011 Press Release". European Cruiser Association. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 

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