SEATTLE, April 19, 2018 – Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury
travel experience, will be traveling the waters of Northern Europe this summer, from the North
Atlantic and North Sea to the Baltic Sea, Kiel Canal and more as the slanted
sun warms cities from Iceland to Estonia and beyond. Travelers touring the
region in utmost luxury and comfort on board Seabourn Quest and
the maiden season of the line's newest vessel, Seabourn Ovation,
will have abundant opportunities to explore on land and water. With a
selection of never-before-offered shore excursions highlighting local culture,
history, and natural beauty in the company of expert Seabourn guides, travelers
can uncover all corners of our extraordinary world.
The new shore excursions available to guests offer a diverse mix
of opportunities including unique Partner Tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
"flightseeing" via airplane, culinary experiences secured through local
connections, waterborne adventures, and optional for charge Ventures by
Seabourn expeditions in select destinations.
"Shore excursions continue to be an essential element of the
Seabourn luxury cruise experience, and are an integral part of the overall
guest experience as we showcase our extraordinary world's to our guests," said
Chris Austin, Seabourn's senior vice president of global marketing and sales.
"From walking in the ancient footsteps of the Vikings, to standing in the space
of modern revolutionaries, our guests will enjoy many opportunities to discover
the culture and beauty of Northern Europe no matter where they go this season."
Here's a peek at the new shore excursions that will be available
from Seabourn in Northern Europe in the summer ahead:
Myvatn Ultimate Flight (Akureyri, Iceland) – The brilliant
flightseeing tour heads over dramatic Icelandic landscapes where "Game of
Thrones" and "Oblivion" were filmed. Look for natural features such as Godafoss
waterfall; Vatnajökull Glacier National Park with Dettifoss, the most powerful
waterfall in Europe; Asbyrgi Canyon, held by legend to been carved by Sleipnir,
the eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odinn; and more.
Medieval Old Town & City Hall (Bremerhaven, Germany) – This
UNESCO Partner Tour reveals the architectural and historical splendor of
Bremen, Germany. Highlights include a walking tour to the breathtaking
gothic-style Town Hall, constructed in the 15th century; sculptures of Bremen Town Musicians
and Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne; the restored
· Vision of
the Fjords (Flam, Norway) – Another UNESCO Partner Tour, guests will
explore the spectacular scenery of the Flåm region of Norway by land and sea.
Board the hybrid vessel Vision of the Fjords and cruise Aurlandsfjord
into the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site Nærøyfjord, a 10.5-mile-long fjord
nestled between steep mountainsides, waterfalls and narrow passages. Back on
dry land, a picturesque drive takes in the settlement of Gudvangen and stunning
panoramic views the fjord and Aurland village from 2,000 feet above.
Jelling (Frederica, Denmark) – On this UNESCO Partner Tour,
proceed through the picturesque Danish countryside to the Royal Jelling Museum
of Denmark, site of the famous runic-covered Jelling Stones from the 10th century recounting the victory of Christianity
over Nordic gods. Guests will also pass through Vejle, an historic town
featuring relics from the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Viking ages.
Tour: Hamburg & The Beatles (Hamburg, Germany) – Before
Beatlemania, The Beatles cut their teeth in Hamburg, Germany. Get acquainted
with the city through the eyes of the very young rockers, with a walking tour
of original scenes from the earliest moments of their incredible career,
including the clubs they played and the places they stayed. As John Lennon
famously said, "I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."
by Seabourn: In the Vikings Footsteps: A Walk to Herjolfsdalur (Heimaey,
Westman Islands, Iceland) – This Ventures by Seabourn outing follows the
footsteps of bona fide Vikings who camped in a natural amphitheater facing the
ocean in Herjolfsdalur. They stayed years, and foundations of several buildings
are still visible today, representing the earliest known settlement in Iceland.
Suomenlinna (Helsinki, Finland) – This UNESCO Partner Tour
explores Suomenlinna Fortress Island in Helsinki, Finland, a unique monument of
military architecture created in the 18th century. A guide will lead guests to special
places, including Bastion Bistro, housed in a building dating back to 1892, to
sample the island's beer and brewery tradition.
& the Craft of Beer Making (Saaremaa, Estonia) –
Start the day at Pöide microbrewery before heading off on a walking tour of the
quaint streets of Old Town Kuressaare, capital of Saaremaa Island in the Baltic
Sea, with ancient buildings including Town Hall and the Weigh House, as well as
an open-air market. A panoramic drive reveals more of Kuressaare back to port.
· Sand, Art
& Local Produce (Skagen, Denmark) – The fishing village of Skagen is the
northernmost town in Denmark, with a bustling harbor lined with wooden
warehouses that have been converted into seafood restaurants. This culinary
tour includes a scenic drive to view the exhibits of Skagen Odde Naturcenter,
designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon of Sydney Opera House fame. Guests will
then visit Pakhuset for marinated herring washed down with Aquavit, the
traditional spirit of Scandinavia.
the Scenes at the Marlinsky Theatre & Tea with a Ballerina (St.
Petersburg, Russia) – This tour offers a special, and otherwise
inaccessible, backstage tour of the world-renowned Marlinsky Theatre, part of
the St. Petersburg UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the company of a curator. A
short transfer arrives at a downtown restaurant where guests will share tea,
pastry and conversation with a Russian ballerina.
East, West & Canals (Szczecin, Poland/Berlin, Germany) –
Discover Berlin's charms from a new perspective: A cruise along the River
Spree. This "Best Of" tour begins with a guided scenic drive through the North
German countryside, with stops at Gendarmenmarkt Square and Brandenburg Gate.
The cruise will reveal the sights and sounds of Berlin from the water as it
passes through the inner city with views of the Reichstag, the Berlin Cathedral
and more. Afterwards, stop at Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall before
returning to the port of Szczecin.
Exploration by RIB and Bus (Trosmo, Norway) – Take an adventure deep
into nature by rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and bus. Destinations include
Kvalsundet, crossing the bridge of Kvaløya Island; the very low "ghost island"
of Gåsvær; the fishing village of Vengsøya; the idyllic village of Grøtfjorden
with its startling white beach; and the quintessential Norwegian fishing
village of Kaldfjorden, departure point for a RIB ride down the fjord back to
Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall (Vopnafjördur, Iceland) –
The amazing roar of Dettifoss – 150 feet tall and 320 feet wide – thundering
through the Jökulsárgljúfur canyons and dropping into the Jökulsá á Fjöllum
glacial river is a force of nature to behold. A self-made tribute to the force
of nature, the view of the waterfall, cliffs and the canyon is stunning and
completely unobstructed by boardwalks and viewing platforms.
by Seabourn: Pathway to a Local Treasure - Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
(Grundarfjordur, Iceland) – Guests will join the Ventures by Seabourn
team for a walking tour in the surrounding areas of the small, fishing town of
Grundarfjörður, including the magnificent Kirkjufell Mountain -- considered by
many to be one of the most breathtaking mountains in the world. The trip will
get even more scenic with a stop at the beautiful waterfalls of Kirkjufellsfoss.
by Seabourn: Puffins at Papey by Zodiac (Djupivogur, Iceland) – A
naturalist will guide guests around Papey Island, home to number of wildlife
including eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot and many other
species. They will circumnavigate the island by Zodiac, exploring the shoreline
in search of bird and seal sightings.
For reservations or more details, please contact a professional
travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com. A dedicated shore excursion
call center is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
Hawkins International Public Relations
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