Seabourn: Technical Launch for Seabourn Venture

Seabourn Cruise Line recorded a major construction milestone yesterday with an intimate launching ceremony for its new expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

The launching ceremony is an age old maritime tradition whereby a ‘godmother’ presides over the celebratory events. A very significant role that was filled by Jarda Versloot-West, senior manager of Seabourn‘s expedition staff, who first joined Seabourn some ten years ago for the brand’s maiden voyage to Antarctica.  She was joined by Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, and Marco Ghiglione, managing director of the T. Mariotti shipyard.

During the ceremony, a bottle of Champagne was smashed against the hull to commemorate the milestone. The ship will now move from dry dock to the staging dock, at the shipyard, for further processing until the ship is delivered.

“This ceremony continues a rich shipbuilding tradition, which is a significant step towards the launch of our first specially built ultra-luxury expedition ship,” Leibowitz said. “I regularly receive notes from guests and partners across the travelling industry, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this beautiful ship that will take them to places many people dream of visiting one day.”

“After the steel cutting and keel laying, we are all here to celebrate another important milestone before the final completion of Seabourn Venture,” Ghiglione said. “The dedication of everyone involved in the construction is a source of pride for T. Mariotti and we are absolutely sure that we are building something special: a unique ship that will be the top in the luxury expedition cruise market.”

The traditional coin ceremony for the ship was held on 13 July, during which Jarda Versloot-West attached a commemorative coin to the ship’s structure.

Seabourn Venture will set sail for the first time on 10 April 2022 and will explore fascinating places in the UK. At the same T. Mariotti shipyard, Seabourn Venture’s sister ship is under construction, both ships have been designed and built to PC6 polar class standards and will include modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships’ overall capabilities. In addition, both will carry two submarines, 24 Zodiacs, kayaks and an experienced expedition team of 26 people.

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Giorgia Lombardo