Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Seabourn Cancels 2010-2011 Africa Cruises: Pirates and the Caribbean

Unfortunately, Seabourn has cancelled the Seabourn Legend's late 2010 and 2011 cruises in the Indian Ocean due to continued concerns over piracy.  While the ports are safe, it is the travel from port to port that is the issue.  Seabourn has restated its commitment to providing luxury cruising opportunities in Africa and the surrounding areas, but until the piracy situation is brought under better control it simply is not viable.

What will be a great disappointment for the luxury traveler looking for exotic destinations will be a boon for those looking for a convenient luxury experience in the Caribbean.  The Seabourn Legend will be hosting a number of cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale and St. Thomas; some with extended itineraries.

For those looking for exotic alternatives, in November 2010 the Seabourn Spirit will reposition from the Mediterranean to Asia transiting the Suez Canal and making port calls in Egypt, Oman and Dubai.   Thereafter she will head to India, Thailand and Malaysia and base in Singapore to begin a season of cruises visiting Bali, Borneo and the islands of the Java, Flores and Savu seas with a few cruises reaching as far south as Darwin and Cairns, Australia. 

Seabourn Pride's focus on Asia year-round will not change and the Seabourn Odyssey will make a maiden circumnavigation of South America in early 2011.