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Seabourn Unveils New Cruise Itineraries For Fall 2016, Winter 2017

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Seabourn Unveils New Cruise Itineraries For Fall 2016, Winter 2017

PHOTO: The Seabourn Encore. (Courtesy of Seabourn)

The Pulse: Seabourn Announces 2016-17 Cruise Program

Why it Rates: Seabourn sends its luxury ships all over the world, but its fall/winter 2016-17 program is especially noteworthy because it includes the inaugural voyages of the highly anticipated Seabourn Encore and its christening in Singapore. - Theresa Masek, TravelPulse cruise editor

Seabourn has announced an exciting schedule of cruises for the fall 2016 and winter 2017 seasons. The program offers 28 unique itineraries and 104 departures of seven to 89 days in length, visiting destinations on all seven continents. During this period, the cruise line will introduce the new Seabourn Encore and when combined with the award-winning Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, the line will have the newest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet in the industry.

The schedule includes popular destinations and favorites, visiting exotic locales such as South America, Antarctica, India, Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast and Northern Asia, along with classic favorites in Panama Canal, Canada and New England and the Caribbean. Itineraries feature 38 destinations that are either maiden or "notable" ports that the cruise line has not visited in years, including more than a dozen ports in Japan, China and Korea, as well as a series of new Caribbean itineraries from Barbados.

In addition, as part of the line's partnership with UNESCO, the schedule includes visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world.

Seabourn will continue to offer the popular Extended Explorations program, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy longer cruises from 32 days to as many as 89 days, with the added luxury of a wide range of choices regarding where and when they sail. These linked voyages offer rich port content and more in-depth exploration of a particular region. Additional benefits include extra 10 percent savings for combined cruises, frequent overnights in ports, and local cuisine, wines, entertainment and regional experts for Seabourn Conversations onboard enrichment. 

"We deliver an authentic destination experience to our guests both onboard and ashore," said John Delaney, Seabourn's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Not only do we visit many of the most desirable and exotic cities around the world, but we also provide onboard culturally rich offerings, from regional wines and cuisines to expert destination speakers and entertainment, that will further enhance our guests' travel experiences."

Following a transatlantic sailing from Europe, on Dec. 19, 2016, Seabourn Odyssey will embark on two 18-day Panama Canal voyages between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles. The ship will begin a new 12-day Caribbean program in February from Bridgetown, Barbados, to Ft. Lauderdale, exploring the western side of the Caribbean, including Cartagena, Colombia; three new ports in Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; the Colombian island of San Andres, and Key West, Fla. Seabourn Odyssey will go on to sail six seven-day voyages between Bridgetown and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Seabourn's Uncommon Caribbean -allowing guests to experience the line's signature events, such as the Caviar in the Surf beach parties.

For a longer voyage with unique port content, guests may join the 39-day Exotic Caribbean Exploration voyage, featuring some of the best ports and harbors in the Caribbean. This cruise sails from Ft. Lauderdale to Barbados on Jan. 24, 2017.

Seabourn Sojourn will offer myriad voyages in the Far East from mid-November 2016, starting with an 18-day voyage through the Holy Land and Arabia and a 17-day sailing through Arabia and India to Singapore. The ship's Asian season begins with a 16-day Holiday voyage roundtrip from Singapore to Malaysia and Myanmar, where the ship will stay in Yangon (Rangoon) for three days and give ample time for guests to explore the city and the 2,000-plus temples at Bagan and the fabled city of Mandalay.

In 2017, Seabourn Sojourn will offer the line's perennially popular 14-day Vietnam & Thailand voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong, which will alternate with a new 14-day voyage visiting the Philippines, China and Borneo. Guests may combine these two sailings for a new 28-day cruise. In March, Seabourn Sojourn will embark on 18-day voyages between Hong Kong and Kobe, Japan, encompassing new ports in China, Japan and Korea.

These have variations, such as an overnight stay at Xingang for visiting Beijing on one cruise and a three-day visit at Shanghai on another. In addition, the voyage was planned to coincide with the cherry blossom season in Japan, a beautiful site that is a must-see when visiting the country during that time of the year. Another exciting voyage on the schedule is a 21-day cruise in May from Kobe to Seattle through Japan and across the North Pacific.

For the ultimate experience in Asia, guests may combine sailings for an extended 89-day Pacific Rim Exploration voyage departing Singapore on March 4, 2017, and arriving at Seattle on May 31, 2017.

Seabourn Quest will kick off the season with four 10-day Canadian Maritimes and New England voyages between Montreal and Boston, featuring an overnight in Québec City. Following a 14-day positioning cruise down the U.S. eastern seaboard to Ft. Lauderdale, Seabourn Quest will then sail on a 24-day southward through the Caribbean to the Brazilian coast to Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there, the ship will begin its popular Antarctica and Patagonia season, offering four 21- to 24-day cruises between Valparaiso, Chile and Buenos Aires. Seabourn Quest will continue through the Caribbean, followed by a transatlantic cruise to Barcelona to start the 2017 Europe season.

Following delivery in December 2016, Seabourn Encore will offer two pre-inaugural cruises - a 16-day cruise departing Dec. 4, 2016, from Athens bound for Dubai, followed by an 18-day voyage departing Dec. 20, 2016, from Dubai to Singapore. On Jan. 7, 2017, Seabourn Encore will make its official debut with a gala naming inaugural ceremony in the dynamic Asian city-state of Singapore. After the naming of the ship, Seabourn Encore will embark on its 10-day official inaugural voyage to Bali.

The ship will go on to spend its maiden season operating a series of 16-day voyages cruising the Pacific Rim in Australia and New Zealand, calling at the metropolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne and exploring both islands of New Zealand.

Seabourn's award-winning ships sail around the globe throughout the year, reaching the world's most desirable destinations at their peak seasons including marquee cities and lesser-known yachting harbors and hideaways that few travelers ever see. Remarkably all-inclusive fares offer tremendous value for one of the world's finest travel experiences.

For more information or reservations, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit  

SOURCE: Seabourn press release

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