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One of Seabourn’s most popular events is our signature “Caviar in the Surf” beach barbecue. Our uniformed staff members plunge into the water and invite guests to wade in and get iced champagne and caviar at a surfboard bar. The event includes a lavish barbecue lunch, watersports, music and ample time to soak up the sun on a white-sandy beach. In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Seabourn Legend staff puts together this legendary event for our guests in the Caribbean.
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It has been really social on Seabourn Sojourn lately. Check out these photos of the ship’s social scene last month, sent in from Assistant Cruise Director Sophie Tehrani.
Coffee at the Cape: Hotel Director Vitor Alves organized a bathrobe social on the ship’s bow when Seabourn Sojourn was cruising around Norway’s North Cape in a seasonal mist on August 6.
Ice Cream Social: Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein region is great dairy country, so the Kiel Canal was a natural place for Cruise Director Bruce Morrison to host an ice cream social on August 20. Seabourn’s Antarctic Ambassador Arty, being a fan of frozen foods, showed up too.
(L-R) Cruise Director Bruce Morrison, Assistant Cruise Director Sophie Tehrani, Arty and Sommelier Joanna Pizer.
Arty, Seabourn’s Antarctic Ambassador, was caught on camera perusing the double-truck coverage of his adventures and exploits in the latest issue of Making Waves, the in-house magazine for Holland America Line and Seabourn employees. OK, so it’s not Women’s Wear Daily or Vanity Fair, but he did score the cover. He spent rather a long time looking at the pictures. And the switchboard later reported that we had received a call from someone claiming to be Arty’s agent at William Morris Endeavor!
Seabourn Pride pioneered a new style of ultra-luxury cruising when it was launched 25 years ago. Year after year, this unique ship has won the hearts of travelers who fell in love with its intimate size and the warm, heartfelt hospitality of its officers and crew. Come celebrate this very special ship with others who love it, before it leaves the Seabourn fleet. Our special “Farewell Season” of Caribbean cruises will recapture many of the key features that set the line apart from the start, including such perennial favorites as complimentary watersports from the ship’s marina and our signature Champagne & Caviar in the Surf barbecue on a private beach.
Farewell Season voyages depart between November 2013 and March 2014. Join us! Take a look at the Farewell Season Roll Calls on the Facebook tabs to see who is going. You have to join to get into the group. Then you can leave a message–or pick a cruise and come aboard to join the celebration. You can join any group, then switch from “Going” to “Not Going” and leave a message, a bon voyage, share a memory of Seabourn Pride or comment. Enjoy the conversation!
Here is a detailed map of the planned course for Seabourn Quest during westbound voyages of Antarctica & Patagonia. Seabourn has secured landing sites at some of Antarctica’s most renowned places of historical, scientific, scenic and wildlife interest to visitors. The aim of Seabourn’s selections is to offer its guests as full and comprehensive a range as possible of experiences available to Antarctic visitors, including opportunities to view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; see a variety of types of ice features and enjoy scenic cruising of spectacular waterways and passages.For more details, visit http://bit.ly/ZiJjfi
Please meet Captain Dag Dvergastein, one of the most popular and well-respected masters on the Seabourn fleet. In this video, he talks about his seafaring heritage, his “family” of officers and staff, and the special bond that develops between guests and crew members.
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We’re pleased to announce our detailed landing sites at some of Antarctica’s most renowned places of historical, scientific, scenic and wildlife interest to visitors. Guests sailing on our four “Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia” voyages aboard Seabourn Quest will have opportunities to step ashore and explore many of the most beautiful and interesting sites on the Antarctic continent and islands.
“Seabourn Quest Captain Bjarne Larsen and Expedition Leader Robin West developed a wish-list of top landing sites that we knew our guests would enjoy visiting,” said Richard D. Meadows, Seabourn’s president. “I’m excited to say that our team’s cumulative years of experience and invaluable know-how have resulted in an outstanding menu of options to create an unforgettable Antarctic adventure.
Our aim is to offer our guests as full and comprehensive a range as possible of experiences available to Antarctic visitors, including opportunities to view different species of penguins, seals and whales; visit sites of historical and geological interest; gain first-hand insights into regional scientific research; see a variety of types of ice features and enjoy scenic cruising of spectacular waterways and passages.
We’re planning to provide guests with the opportunity for a landing in a different location each day over the five days in Antarctica. The schedule on each cruise varies and is dependent on weather and ice conditions.
Select Highlights of Seabourn’s Antarctica Landing Reservations:
Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands offers views of breeding chinstrap penguins, blue-eyed cormorants, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, terns and skuas, and the mesmerizing calls of Wilson’s storm petrels returning to their crevice nests to relieve their mates. Southern elephant, Weddell and Antarctic fur seals regularly haul out on the beaches.
Neko Harbor, Errera Channel affords expansive views of the Gerlache Strait. First seen and charted by the Belgian explorer, Adrienne de Gerlache during the Belgian expedition of 1897, the bay was named after a whale factory ship, which operated in the area. View nesting gentoo penguins, kelp gulls and skuas, and likely Weddell and crabeater seals.
Cuverville Island, Errera Channel is a small, rocky island with fascinating geological formations. View the region’s largest colony of breeding gentoo penguins, as well as southern giant petrels, kelp gulls, Antarctic terns, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic brown skuas and south polar skuas. Weddell and Antarctic fur seals are often seen on the island’s shoreline.
Yankee Harbor, Greenwich Island, South Shetland Islands is known for its gentoo penguin rookery on the raised terrace beaches and artifacts of sealing era, including try-pots. See a plaque in memory of Capt. Robert McFarlane, who explored the Antarctic Peninsula in 1820.
Almirante Brown is a small seasonal Argentine station in Paradise Bay – without doubt, one of the more spectacular sites in Antarctica and aptly named. An excellent site for a continental landing, or a hike up the slope for panoramic views. Zodiac tours thread the icebergs and “bergy bits” to view seals on ice floes and look for whales which frequent the bay.
Waterboat Point/González Videla Station, is another opportunity for continental landing and also to meet a Chilean research team. The station is named for Chilean president Gabriel González Videla, the first head of state ever to visit Antarctica, in 1950. Gentoo and chinstrap penguins breed here. Kelp gulls, skuas, blue-eyed cormorants and seals may also be seen.
Brown Bluff, Tabarin Peninsula. Located just off the Antarctic Sound, where huge tabular icebergs float northwards from the Weddell Sea, 2,250-foot, ice-capped Brown Bluff is reminiscent of the North American “Badlands”—except with 20,000 nesting Adélie penguins! Occasionally emperor penguins are seen among the ice.
Esperanza Station, Hope Bay is an alternative landing site on the eastern side of the peninsula, where guests see first-hand how researchers live and work in this environment. Base personnel bring families here, including some children who live here year-round! The site also holds the remains of a hut built by Otto Nordenskjöld’s 1901 Swedish Expedition.
Arctowski Station, Admiralty Bay, King George Island. A number of research bases are sited on the island, including U.S. scientists at the nearby Pietr Lenie Field Station. The rare assemblage of breeding chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins, allows comparative breeding and feeding ecology studies. Fur seals and Southern elephant seals are often seen, too.
Online Videos Feature Staff Interviews, Highlight Unique Guest Experiences
Seabourn has introduced “Seabourn InSights,” a new series of online videos that offer an inside look at our ships, the appealing destinations we cruise, and the skilled, dedicated men and women who work on board.
From captains and executive chefs to waiters and suite stewardesses, the short video vignettes feature interviews with several of our staff members, showcasing their engaging personalities and favorite onboard moments. The videos also offer behind-the-scenes looks at various guest experiences, both on ship and ashore, demonstrating the staff’s commitment and dedication to delivering sincere, personalized service to their guests.
“We have such a wonderful group of hard-working men and women who bring our ships to life every day, and our new Seabourn InSights videos show why our staff is among the best in the industry,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “The videos reveal some of the magic that occurs behind the scenes that guests don’t normally see.”
Here is one Seabourn InSights video featuring our signature “Evening at Ephesus” complimentary shoreside event in the Greco-Roman ruins near Kusadasi, Turkey, beginning with how the crew prepares for it, and also highlighting the actual event and guests enjoying a candle-lit concert.
We also have a video showcasing a time-lapse sequence of Seabourn Sojourn sailing into the scenic Trollfjord in Norway, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Another one features charismatic Norwegian Captain Dag Dvergastein introducing himself and talking about his family history and his job, as well as exploring the Iles des Saintes in the Caribbean by Zodiac, for possible landing sites for Seabourn guests.
We will post more InSights videos in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Seabourn Odyssey pulled out all the stops for a gala welcome home surprise for guests returning from the Evening at Ephesus after-dinner event at Kusadasi, Turkey on July 25. The ship laid on a colorful array of canapés and drinks, and the staff and crew turned out en masse to make it a special ending to a special evening.