SEATTLE, July 31, 2018 – Seabourn, the
world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line, is heading to Australasia again this
year with Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Sojourn
offering multiple cruises around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
over the 2018-2019 season. Guests will enjoy hand-selected itineraries headed
into boutique ports, sheltered coves and hidden harbors that larger cruise
ships cannot access, as well as onboard luxuries and on-shore experiences that
has something in store for every type of traveler.
Get set to sail to warm, welcoming, spirited and stunningly
beautiful lands beneath the stars of the Southern Cross, with unforgettable
sights and experiences all along the way. Guests will have many opportunities
to enjoy and explore the region, including via optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn kayak
and Zodiac tours in select destinations in the good company of skilled
expedition teams. Special programming such as Shopping with the Chef
excursions allow guests to discover local food markets; and special deck
events, dance parties and Movies Under the Stars will keep things lively
and engaging. In addition, the itineraries will offer not-to-be-missed shore
excursions exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites with enhanced content
available only to Seabourn guests via the luxury cruise line's unique
partnership with UNESCO.
"We're excited to be heading back to the beauty of Australia, New
Zealand and the South Pacific over the 2018-2019 season ahead," noted Chris
Austin, Seabourn's senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales. "With
two ships sailing the region, guests will have a wide range of opportunities to
soak up the ultra-luxury experience onboard our vessels and to explore on land
and at sea, including Ventures by Seabourn excursions, mid-cruise overland
tours, and special pre- and post-cruise journeys. It's going to be quite a
season for guests returning or visiting the region for the first time with
The 2018-2019 season of Seabourn Encore in the South
Pacific will launch with a 18-day cruise from Bali to
Sydney (departing December 3, 2018) and will include four 16-day
voyages between Sydney and Auckland (departing December 21, 2018, and
January 22, February 7, and March 11, 2019, respectively). The start of spring
will see the ship head out of Sydney on a 16-day voyage to
Bali (departing March 27), featuring the Queensland Coast and the
Great Barrier Reef, plus various islands of Indonesia. Two new and notable
itineraries interspersed in between include:
New Zealand's Splendors (January 6-22, 2019 and February 23-March
11, 2019) – Seabourn Encore will set sail on two spectacular voyages
along the coasts of New Zealand round trip from Auckland. Ports of call include
Russell on the scenic Bay of Islands, where the signing of an historic treaty
between Great Britain and the indigenous Maori created the nation of New
Zealand in 1840; Milford Sound and Fiordlands National Park, a famed UNESCO
World Heritage Site preserved as the heritage home of the Maori culture; tiny
Oban (Halfmoon Bay), the southernmost of New Zealand's islands, busy with
seabirds, shorebirds, and friendly townsfolk. Guests may see sheep grazing on
hillside meadows as the ship cruises the long, scenic harbor to Port Chalmers
(Dunedin), as well as make a stop at charming Akaroa (Christchurch), a former
French colony that still celebrates its historic character and is the only
place to see the small, elegant and rare Hector's dolphins. The itinerary will
also take in Kaikoura, Nelson, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, and Tauranga
(Rotorua), as well as Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia.
2018-2019 season of Seabourn Sojourn in the South Pacific is
similarly adventurous, with Extended Explorations including:
· 22-Day Landfalls of Captain
Cook (November 19-December 11, 2018) – Cruise from Auckland to Sydney
while exploring New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papau New Guinea and
Queensland, Australia including the Great Barrier Reef.
· 36-Day Holiday Australia
Exploration (December 11, 2018-January 16, 2019) –
Celebrate the holidays while sailing to destinations throughout South
Australia, West Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as to East Timor,
Komodo Island, Bali and Java in Indonesia before two relaxing days at sea
headed to Singapore. A highlight of this voyage is a stop in the Kimberley.
Corrugated with red-hued cliffs and escarpments, and laced with pristine
waterways, swimming holes and waterfalls, the Kimberley is unlike any other
landscape on earth. This voyage is also available in two segments with
a 16-day itinerary departing from Sydney on December 11 and a
20-day itinerary departing from Perth on December 27.
Guests of Seabourn Encore will also have an opportunity to
enjoy optional 3-day mid-cruise
overland tours from Milford Sound to Queenstown, New
Zealand. Available on Seabourn Encore voyages departing January 6,
February 7 and February 23, 2019, the tours will include journeys into the
UNESCO World Heritage Site Fiordland National Park; the charming former gold
mining destination Arrowtown; a thrilling jet boat excursion on the Shotover
River; and much more.
Seabourn will also offer "UNESCO Sydney, The Red
Centre * Great Barrier Reef" Seabourn Journey, an 8-day
pre-cruise or 7-day post-cruise land extension that embarks or disembarks at
Sydney. The journey will start in Sydney; then venture to the majestic Red
Centre, home of the towering 500-million-year-old monoliths The Olgas
and Uluru; and then explore the beauty of Australia's Tropical North
including UNESCO-cited Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Departures for the Pre-Cruise journey are December 5 and December 15, 2018
and February 1, 2019; departures for the Post-Cruise Journey are December 11
and December 21, 2018 and February 7 and March 27, 2019.
Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with
intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious,
thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front;
superb dining in a choice of venues; complimentary premium spirits and fine
wines available on board at all times; award-winning service and a relaxed,
sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships
travel the globe to many of the world's most desirable destinations, including
marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and
Guests who sail on Seabourn will continue to find a number of
innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select group
of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality, exceptional
service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn. These programs
include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice', the new evening entertainment
experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King
Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew
Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that
integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller,
reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50's and 60's.
Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller,
focusing on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to
table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a
range of other favorites like premium steaks, whole roasted chicken, and
Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte.
For more information or reservations, contact a travel
professional, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.
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of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival
Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa
Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and fathom.
Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE:
CUK). It has formed a partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help protect World Heritage sites.
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