Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Seabourn Announces Firm Contract For New 604 Guest Ship

 
Seabourn Cruises has just announced the signing of a firm contract for the construction of its newest Odyssey-class ship which will increase its capacity from 458 guests to 604, while increasing its gross registered tonnage (a measure of space; not weight) from 32,346 GRT to 40,350 GRT.

In non-technical shipbuilding speak it means that there will be an increase in guest spaces while increasing the number of guests.  The present three Odyssey-class ships (Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest) are well-known for having a tremendous amount of space in its public areas...actually far more than the three smaller ships (Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend) that it has sold and is in the process of transferring to Windstar Cruises through 2015.

Seabourn's press release says, "The design will maintain Seabourn's high ratio of space per guest and enable highly personalized service by nearly one staff member per guest on board.  In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda and enable highly personalized service."

While Seabourn has been incredibly tight-lipped about the design and changes from the three original Odyssey-class ships...as well as what type of tweaks will be coming to them (other than the installation of the beautiful Penthouse Spa Suites)...hopefully new information will be made available today during some private meetings I have scheduled with Seabourn's executives.

What I surmise is that with Seabourn eliminating the Oceanview suites, their probably will be an additional deck pushing the suites up one deck (eliminating the need for oceanview suites) and expanding the public spaces on Deck 4.  And with the addition of 73 additional suites, that will probably be focused on expanded dining options.

In short, Seabourn appears to be focused on improving, not compromising, its Guest Experience by improving its suites (by going "all veranda suites"), adding dining options and adding space beyond the addition of 73 suites.

Stay tuned!