SEATTLE, May 31, 2018 – Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise
line, returns to Northern Europe this summer with its newest ultra-luxury
vessel, Seabourn Ovation, leading the way. Dedicated on May
11, 2018, the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet will spend nearly
the entire season cruising around Scandinavia and the United Kingdom before
heading south again to Lisbon in early October.
Northern Europe offers guests an extensive variety of destinations
to visit enhanced with many shore excursions, including optional Ventures by
Seabourn kayak and Zodiac expeditions led by outstanding and well-traveled
expedition teams that include experienced wilderness experts, scientists,
historians and Zodiac operators. Ventures by Seabourn excursions are available
for-charge, in select destinations and can be booked in advance by guests.
During each Ventures sailing, team members regularly interact with
guests, providing keen insight to deliver a rich holistic travel experience.
These fascinating, accomplished experts are part of the Seabourn Conversations
program, providing your clients in-depth insights into the history, ecology and
culture of the places they visit. Onboard, their valuable insights are offered
both in complimentary formal presentations on a variety of topics and in more
casual conversations over meals or at leisure. In addition, the team chronicles
their adventures with stories and photos via Seabourn's Ventures Tracker.
The Ventures by Seabourn program will be offered on two voyages on
Seabourn Ovation in Europe this summer:
round trip from Copenhagen, Denmark and back again, the 14-Day Majestic Fjords & North Cape cruise will
find Seabourn Ovation deep in the stunning fjords of Norway with ports
of call at Flam, Alesund, Svolvaer (Lofoten), Tromso, Storstappen Island,
Honningsvag, Loen (Olden), Bergen and Stavanger, Norway, with dedicated days of
scenic cruising in Sognefjord, Trollfjord, North Cape, Nordfjord and
Hielterfjord in between. Departure: July 7, 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark bound for Dover (London), England, this 14-Day Scenic Fjords & North Cape cruise will
once again find Seabourn Ovation surrounded by stunning fjords of Norway
with ports of call at Flam, Alesund, Svolvaer (Lofoten), Tromso, Storstappen
Island, Honningsvag, Loen (Olden), Bergen and Stavanger, Norway, with dedicated
days of scenic cruising in Sognefjord, Trollfjord, North Cape, Nordfjord and
Hielterfjord in between. Departure: September 1, 2018
"We have always been right at home and warmly welcomed in Northern
Europe, and guests on our newest vessel will doubtless experience the region
the same way," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "With
Ventures by Seabourn expeditions as part of the Seabourn Ovation
experience, guests will have wonderful opportunities to explore with expedition
team members who know their way around so many majestic natural wonders."
Members of Seabourn's handpicked expedition team for Seabourn
Ovation in Northern Europe this summer include:
Bernacchi, Expedition Leader – Having lived and worked amid
the beauty of Patagonia for the past 20 years, Bernacchi has a wealth of
experience in adventure travel, eco-tourism and lecturing. He has worked as a
mountain guide, ski guide, naturalist guide, birding guide, and tour leader, and
he is certified in specialties such as Ski Patrol, Climbing Instruction, and as
an operator of sailboats and small vessels by Argentina's Coast Guard.
Ballagh, Kayak Guide/Naturalist/Lecturer – A Kiwi by birth but a nomad by
heart, Ballagh has spent the majority of her years seeking wilderness and
adventure. She has a background in outdoor education and has guided extensively
around the world including multi-day hikes in the jungles of Thailand, managing
expedition sea-kayak journeys along the coast of British Columbia, river trips
across the South Island of New Zealand, and Zodiac cruising below the Antarctic
Blyth, Kayak Guide/Naturalist/Lecturer – Born in the wilds of Tasmania,
Blyth grew up on a farm while exploring the vast wilderness of his island home.
He has led expeditions in Vietnam, summited peaks in Ecuador, undertaken
reconnaissance missions for hydropower projects in Papua New Guinea, and much
more. He's a certified outdoor instructor in several fields with years of
nautical experience, and a great talker about all things polar.
Demus, Lecturer – Born in Germany, Demus has been fascinated by water and its
organisms since a young age. Since earning a Master's Degree in Behavioral
Ecology in 2010, he has done research with primates and several fish species in
the laboratory and the field. Throughout his career, Demus has guided more than
1,500 dives and countless days of snorkeling around the world, and has
developed a decent knowledge of water currents and reef typographies along the
Egelstaff, Lecturer – The Director of the Outdoor Activity Advisory Service in
Pembrokeshire, Wales, Egelstaff has spent most of his adult life working
professionally in the outdoors throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. He has
climbed all over the world, including in the Alps, Polar regions and Himalayas,
and has racked up firsts including crossing the Bering Strait by sea-kayak,
circumnavigating Wales by canoe, and leading a canoe descent of Wilberforce
Canyon on the Hood River in the Canadian High Arctic. He has also re-created
Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous boat journey in Antarctica.
Kernan, Lecturer – A veteran of three decades in the expedition cruise
industry, Kernan has worked as a lecturer, naturalist, Zodiac driver and
expedition leader, leading trips on all seven continents and over 100 countries.
Having focused graduate work on invertebrates in the Pacific Northwest, Kernan
lectures on a variety of natural history subjects, with a focus on plants,
birds and marine mammals.
Olsson, Lecturer – Born in Sweden, Olsson taught high school-level physical
education and history while working as a whitewater rafting and snowmobile
guide. Now guiding fulltime, she works in the northernmost part of Sweden via
kayak, snowmobile, hiking, glacier and boat trips. She is always looking for
adventure, including her latest: skiing to the North Pole.
Carlos Restrepo, Lecturer – Hailing from the coffee-growing region of
Colombia, Restrepo has a graduate degree in geology and is a certified Dive
Master. Spending three months of the year in the Arctic and three more in
Antarctica, his expedition experiences include the Americas, Africa, Asia,
Europe and Australia, as well as sailing throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and
Sheehan, Lecturer – A native of Yorkshire, Sheehan has always been captivated by
the natural world. After starting as an entomologist, she switched to
ornithology and earned a PhD in the ecology of migratory birds, leading to a
16-year career as a research biologist at the Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds – BirdLife International.
Yebra, Lecturer – Spanish by birth, Yebra's travel & tourism career spans
nearly two decades. He has a dual degree in Environmental Biology and
Geoscience from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and has actively
applied his education in his professional life. He also holds a flight instructor
and commercial pilot's license, and has traveled to far-flung places including
reservations or more details, please contact a professional travel advisor;
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is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.
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