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Seabourn Spirit

The Yachts of Seabourn History

Founded in 1986 by Norwegian investors intent on creating the most luxurious yacht-like cruise ships ever built, Seabourn gave berth to twin sisters Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Spirit in 1988 and 1989. Seabourn immediately became synonymous with ultra-luxury. Yet within its relatively short history, Seabourn has weathered significant machinations, briefly expanding with bigger, older ships, only to regroup back to its yacht-like core – a move applauded by Seabourn devotees with a decided preference for the line’s original vision. For the record, Seabourn in 1996 acquired Seabourn Legend, a third identical sister, originally sailing as the Royal Viking Queen for the now defunct Royal Viking Line and subsequently as the Queen Odyssey for Royal Cruise Line, also history. Carnival Corporation acquired 25 percent of Seabourn in 1991 and now holds a majority stake. In 1998, Carnival also picked up Cunard Line for some $500 million and merged it with Seabourn, while separately marketing the brands. Some aging Cunard ships became Seabourn vessels after extensive revamps. Royal Viking Sun was renamed Seabourn Sun to become the line’s flagship and Cunard’s Sea Goddess I and Sea Goddess II were renamed Seabourn Goddess I and II. In 2001, Seabourn returned to focusing exclusively on the three identical yacht-like jewels without distraction of melding other tonnage into the ultra-luxury yacht-like framework. Seabourn’s 758-passenger Seabourn Sun (previously Royal Viking Sun) sailed on to Carnival’s Holland America Line to become the Prinsendam, HAL’s elegant explorer for world cruises. Seabourn Goddesses 1 and II, once the Sea Goddesses, were sold back to their original Norwegian owner, now operating them as SeaDream 1 and II for the cushy SeaDream Yacht Club. Growing affection for private verandas had left the relatively veranda-free Spirit, Pride and Legend (only six suites had them) at a marketing disadvantage. So Seabourn added French Balconies – sliding glass doors with small verandas – to 44 of the standard suites on all three ships to create the coveted Seabourn Balcony Suite category.

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Built at Schichau Seebeckwerft, in Bremerhaven Germany and christened in 1989, Seabourn Spirit underwent a sweeping upgrade in 2003. The lightened, brightened Veranda Café alternative indoor-outdoor venue, for example, previously had closed on so-called formal nights. Now it’s open for dinner on those evenings as well, serving those who prefer an elegant casual alternative, with jackets, but no ties. A continuing series of enhancements aboard The Yachts of Seabourn include complimentary open bars, free Massage Moments on deck and Pure Pampering in-suite bathing experiences by Molton Brown add to the club-like atmosphere. From elegant Tumi document portfolios and baggage tags that assist guests in transit, to the Heidsieck French champagne that adds sparkle to special moments on board, to Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shoreside experiences — every detail of a Seabourn cruise reflects a privileged, exclusive style of travel.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 1989
Registry: Bahamian
Tonnage (GRT): 10,000
Cruising Speed: 16 knots
Capacity: 215
Decks: 4
Crew: 160
Officer Nationality: European
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, India, South Pacific

About Gratuities
On the Yachts of Seabourn, gratuities are included in the fare, and tipping is neither required nor expected onboard.

Disabled Access
Seabourn has limited facilities for guests in wheelchairs or for those with significant health problems. Medical problems or physical disabilities, which may call for treatment by the ship’s medical staff or for assistance during embarkation, must be brought in advance to the line’s attention.

Ship Features

The Yachts of Seabourn feature an array of Signature Delights providing exceptionally pampered, all-inclusive onboard experiences. Among newer touches are document portfolios and baggage tags made exclusively for Seabourn by prestige luggage and accessory maker Tumi, exquisite fresh bed linens and duvet covers from the 145-year old Italian firm Frette, and an expanded Seabourn golf program for play at more than a 100 of the world's most challenging courses in some 90 ports worldwide. With Seabourn’s Personal Valet Luggage Service, bags can be picked up at a guest’s home and delivered to the onboard suite. No more checking luggage at the airport, and no more baggage claim waits. Passengers are free to take pre- and post-cruise tours without luggage concerns, and bags later can be shipped back to the front door.

Among 104 all ocean-view suites, all include a living area and bedroom, five-foot wide picture window or balcony, and walk-in closet. Categories include Owner’s Suites, Double Suites, Classic Suites, Balcony Suites and Seabourn Suites.

Stateroom amenities
Suites have a refrigerator, television, VCR, radio and direct-dial telephone. Robes, slippers, umbrellas, and hair dryers are provided for use on-board, and suites also have a stocked mini-bar, fresh fruit and flowers, stationery, shampoo, conditioner, designer soap and lotion.

Kid & Teen Stuff
Seabourn vessels do not have facilities, programs or counselors for youngsters.

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Life Aboard

Superb cuisine orchestrated by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer graces the 215-seat Restaurant featuring an elegant, open arrangement for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At lunch and dinner, complimentary wines from California, France, Chile or Italy enhance menus of the day. Wine stewards provide a list of premium vintages available at an additional charge. There is a non-smoking area, and following dinner, passengers enjoying pipes or cigars are accommodated in the Horizon Lounge. Complimentary room service is available 24-hours, and course-by-course en-suite dining can be arranged during restaurant hours. The casual Veranda Café now features different themes each night, such as Ginger and Spice (Asian), Modern Mediterranean and Seabourn Steakhouse. Re-design of its galley creates an “open kitchen” ambience and new Rosenthal china adds to the chic, contemporary design.

Sports / Health / Fitness
Deck 7’s Health Spa & Beauty Salon has whirlpools, steam rooms, a sauna and a gym/exercise area with a professional instructor offering assistance for all fitness levels. Passengers may indulge in massages, aromatherapy or facials and other soothing treatments. Watersports Marina Facilities (weather permitting) include an enclosed steel mesh pool allowing passengers to swim in the ocean, sail boating, windsurfing, pedal boating, and water skiing.

The 215-seat Amundsen Lounge and the 115-seat Horizon Lounge are magnets for socializing and entertainment. Books and videotapes are in the library on Deck 6 starboard side, and there’s also a 20-seat cardroom. A business center is near the main lounge, with personal computers and software with e-mail capability.

A 20-seat gaming area provides opportunity to test lady luck.

Refreshing libations are served in The Club and the Sky Bar.


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