New ship is scheduled for the second half of 2016
While the ships are transferred to Windstar in April 2014, April 2015 and May 2015 (after receiving extensive refurbishment), Seabourn will be working on its newbuild. Officials from the company say that the new ship will have a similar design to the 450-passenger Seabourn Odyssey, Quest, and Sojourn, which have proved popular with both first time and repeat Sebourn cruisers.
“We are pleased to be moving forward with the plans we announced earlier this year to build a fourth ship similar to the highly regarded new design we introduced with Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest,” said Seabourn president Richard Meadows. “The experience and amenities offered by these award-winning ships have raised the bar in ultra-luxury cruising.”
In recent years, Seabourn has offered two vastly different types of experiences: the very intimate ships of its early years as a cruise line, and its three new ships of more than twice the size, with tremendous spas and outdoor areas as well as very large standard staterooms of 300 square feet. As these larger ships are a departure from the cruise line’s classic offerings, there was some speculation that Seabourn’s high-quality service and cuisine would be diminished on the larger ships. The response to the new ships, however, has been overwhelmingly positive, and Seabourn is unifying its brand with the Odyssey-size ships.