News Release

Seabourn Continues To Elevate Its Award-Winning Culinary & Guest Experience, Welcoming New Champagne Partner Montaudon


SEATTLE, July 17, 2019Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel    experience, continues to raise the bar high on the art of fine food and    beverage service at sea with the introductions of new brand partners this    year, including the brand’s legacy of well-known Champagne service with    Montaudon Brut across the entire fleet.

The new Montaudon Brut will be available across all Seabourn    ships by the end of this summer season.

“Our clientele is extremely well-traveled, and they certainly    appreciate quality wine and Champagne. Montaudon Brut will be a welcome    surprise as we aim to enhance as well as broaden the palates of our guests,”    says Gerald Mosslinger, vice president of Hotel Operations for Seabourn.

A full-bodied and fruity Champagne, Montaudon Brut is a blend of    40 percent Pinot Noir, 35 percent Pinot Meunier, and 25 percent Chardonnay    that is cellar aged for two years. The flavor profile is refreshing on the    nose with notes of green apples, toast and lime with a hint of iodine, giving    way to notes of cherries, strawberries and peppermint. A luscious sensation    of white fruit develops on the palate, with a spicy finish and a menthol    aromatic aftertaste.

The new Champagne follows on the heels of the introduction of    Regiis Ova caviar for the renowned Seabourn caviar service that is available    for no additional charge. Regiis Ova, co-founded by culinary partner Chef    Thomas Keller and Shaoching Bishop, offers Siberian Reserve (Acipenser    Baerii) caviar from a family owned and operated farm in the fisherman village    of San Gregorio de Polanco on the shore of the Rio Negro in Uruguay. 

Seabourn’s quest for innovation stems from a passion to provide    excellence on board and the recognition that some of life's most cherished    moments occur around the table, where every meal or drink is a new    opportunity to celebrate. As such, the Food & Beverage talent on every    ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet offers guests a journey inspired by    30 years of culinary excellence, the latest innovations and trends, and the    welcoming spirit that pervades every aspect of a Seabourn experience.

Every Seabourn ship departs on a journey with 40 labels that    form part of its complimentary wine list that join thousands of bottles    stored in the cellar. The onboard selection often grows as a voyage    progresses as Seabourn’s sommeliers go in search of local wines at ports of    call in notable wine regions to bring back something special to pair with an    evening’s meal. In true Seabourn style, attentive staff takes careful note of    guests’ feedback and uses their responses to plan inventory for future    voyages.
Even the most well-traveled guests are in for something    unexpected on a Seabourn sailing. Over three decades on the seas, the cruise    line has built many great and lasting relationships with vineyards that    enable it to access low-allocation wines available to guests for an    additional charge. Mosslinger points, for instance, to connections fostered    by Seabourn’s ongoing partnership with Chef Keller, which has opened doors to    Napa Valley vineyards, or another example of highly allocated Washington    State wines that otherwise distribute exclusively via mailing list.
“These are wines guests won’t be able to find at a wine shop,    and certainly not on the ocean,” Mosslinger noted, while also acknowledging    that the line sources not only Old and New World wines with worldwide    recognition, but also bottles from small vintners with distinctive terroir.
Of course, the broad diversity of beverage selections includes    more than wine. Seabourn’s ships stock a wide range of complimentary premium    spirits, with everything from Grey Goose vodka to Hennessy VSOP cognac    available to guests. While every bartender on board is well-versed in the art    of classic and contemporary cocktail-making, the line’s mixology program    created through a partnership with world-renowned mixologist Brian Van    Flandern keeps recipes fluid and intriguing, with local spirits – limoncello    from Sorrento, for instance, or single malt Scotch from micro-distillers in    Scotland – often fashioned into drinks that are reflective of the regions    guests are traveling through.

Whatever the beverage, Seabourn’s service staff are kept at the    top of their game through educational opportunities that enhance their level    of knowledge: everything from onboard sommelier-led tastings to twice-annual    tours of Napa Valley vineyards arranged for top crew where they touch and    feel grapes and taste unfiltered wine straight from the barrel. 

When it comes to culinary programming, Seabourn serves to    satisfy the appetite of every guest. Seabourn chefs have endless recipes    allowing their teams to innovate and not repeat throughout a voyage. There is    also a wide choice of cuisines and dining venues to look forward to,    including updated versions of iconic American dishes at The Grill by Thomas    Keller; exquisite Japanese cuisine created by skilled chefs at Sushi.
There is more, including lavish breakfast and lunch offerings    and regionally themed, bistro-style dinners at The Colonnade; relaxed   poolside dining highlighted by an exclusive Napa burger and artisanal hot dog    developed by Chef Keller at The Patio; and imaginative dishes celebrating    eclectic traditional flavors from around the world at Earth & Ocean at    The Patio, an al fresco dining innovation introduced just last year. In-Suite    Dining is also available around the clock, including dinner from The    Restaurant timed course-by-course served in the privacy of one’s suite or veranda.    

And there are unexpected innovations geared to surprise, delight    and satisfy such as delicious house-made artisanal gelato made fresh onboard    using a wide variety of ingredients to produce a taste-temping range of choices.     

The guiding philosophy of the culinary team is to maintain    Seabourn’s strong reputation and quality by sourcing the freshest, most    seasonal ingredients available. Chefs often head to shore at ports of call to    shop at local markets, frequently inviting guests along for the experience.    “Seeing our chefs shop for the base ingredients used to prepare dishes really    personalizes the journey, and guests get to see the end-product on the menu in    the evening,” says Mosslinger.     

Chefs come to the line with years of experience in fine hotels    and restaurants, built thanks to training at some of the best culinary    institutions in the world. Service crew bring their own unique level of    professional experience and are then trained for up to three weeks at the    onboard Seabourn Academy. Whether their role resides in front of guests or    behind the scenes, the key to the exquisite dining service Seabourn provides    is making guests feel welcome. Chefs come out to chat with guests, and    servers are always on the lookout for ways to take a culinary experience to    the next level: Such as having the kitchen prepare a special desert they    overheard a guest mention in conversation.     

“That’s what we call a ‘Seabourn Moment,’” says Mosslinger,    “That surprise ends up being one of the most memorable parts of a guest’s    overall travel experience and the fact that it was completely unexpected    means it often becomes a wonderful story told over and over again long after    they leave the ship.”      

For reservations or more details, please contact a professional    travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit A dedicated shore excursion call center    is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.     

About Seabourn:
        Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern ultra-luxury    ships and is a proud member 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, and P&O    Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc    (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). Seabourn is the official cruise partner of    UNESCO World Heritage under a multi-year agreement to help promote sustainable    tourism at World Heritage sites around the world.




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Notes to    Editors:

   Seabourn is consistently ranked among the world's top    travel choices by professional critics and the discerning readers of    prestigious travel publications such as Departures, Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. Its stylish, distinctive expedition    cruising vacations are known for: 

        ·     Intimate ships    with a private club atmosphere
        ·     Intuitive,    personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests    expectations
        ·     Curated    voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
        ·     All ocean    front suites, luxuriously appointed
        ·     Complimentary    premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
        ·     Welcome    Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
        ·     Tipping is    neither required, nor expected
        ·     Finest    resort at sea that is masterfully designed
        ·     World-class    dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas    Keller
        ·     All dining    venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
        ·     Seabourn    Conversations, connecting with visionary experts
        ·     Ventures    by Seabourn, optional shore excursions, enhance and extend destination    experiences in select destinations.
        ·     Select    purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO
        ·     Spa & Wellness    by Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program
        ·     An evening    entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice, produced    exclusively by Belinda King Creative Productions.
        ·     Committed    to environmental stewardship and sustainability