Expedition cruising is the runaway new cruise adventure. There are dedicated ships being built that have lecture theatres, laboratories, and submarines. More than we could begin to explain for the would-be explorer. But the difference is this is now being done in cruise luxury.
These are the new ultimate luxury expedition ships. The Seabourn Venture and the Seabourn Pursuit, sister ships, are designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards. They include modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships’ global deployment and capabilities. Each will carry two custom-built submarines to witness the wonders of the ocean floor in comfort.
These are let out from the side of the ship, so there is comfort on the ship, comfort in the transfer and comfort in the submarine. What would some of the old intrepid explorers say about this way of seeing what they saw?
There are also 24 Zodiacs, kayaks, and a 26-person expert expedition team whose role is to engage guests throughout each voyage.
The deeper you explore beneath the ocean’s surface, the more unique the scenery becomes, and the more secrets the sea reveals, from incredible sunken shipwrecks to stunning coral reefs to unique marine wildlife normally hidden from human view.
The only way to experience this otherworldly realm is by submarine, and at Seabourn, these undersea explorations take place in luxurious custom-built submarines crafted to be the best at the sea.
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Each environmentally friendly, battery-powered sub carries just seven people — six guests, three each in two clear acrylic spheres — plus the highly trained pilot guiding the journey. The intimate and innovative new exploration vehicles are capable of diving to depths of 300 meters (984 feet) offering passengers an awe-inspiring perspective of the marine world just outside. Thanks to undisturbed and undistorted views in virtually all directions you’ll come face-to-face with the wonders that lie below the waterline.
Not only will passengers be kept dry and comfortable while the submarine dives under the sea, in keeping with the ultra-luxury experience found on Seabourn, the subs are outfitted with custom-embroidered leather upholstery, a Bluetooth stereo system, air conditioning, and champagne chiller so you can toast your extraordinary journey.
To memorialize your time under the sea, the subs are outfitted with a high-tech, 4K underwater video camera system that will capture your underwater experience. The videos will be screened in Seabourn Venture’s Discovery Center for workshops and conversations with guests that are led by expedition leaders who are either marine biologists or oceanographers.