Seabourn has announced new voyages for summer 2023 on its two purpose-built expedition ships, Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit.

The programme includes the line’s first-ever voyages to the Northeast and Northwest Passages in the Arctic.

Seabourn Venture will depart on 29 July 2023 for a 26-day journey across the Northeast Passage from Tromsø, Norway, to Nome, Alaska, followed by a charter flight to Anchorage with an overnight stay.

Its sister ship, Seabourn Pursuit, which is scheduled to launch in March 2023, will offer a 23-day adventure to the Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nome, departing on 26 August 2023.

The line stated the expeditions will “trace the footsteps of great explorers and deliver a number of authentic, engaging experiences”, with highlights such as “searching for marine life and enigmatic polar bears on Wrangel Island”.

President Josh Leibowitz said: “Our Northeast Passage and Northwest Passage are truly epic itineraries that are perfect for travellers who want to explore regions less travelled, and take in the landscapes, nature and wildlife they never thought they would ever see.”

Seabourn Venture will embark on its second year of operation in summer 2023, exploring the Arctic, Scotland, Norway and the Russian Arctic.

The ship will start its summer season on 12 May 2023, with a 10-day Wild Isles of Scotland and Iceland voyage from London to Reykjavik. It will then offer a 12-day Fjords of the Norwegian Sea voyage, followed by a series of 11 and 12-day expeditions exploring Arctic Svalbard from Norway.

Meanwhile, Pursuit will explore the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland & the Canadian Arctic during its maiden season, starting with a 12-day Wild & Ancient Scotland & Iceland pre-inaugural voyage, departing 23 March 2023.

Both Pursuit and Venture are designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and include “modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships’ global deployment and capabilities”, the line stated.

Each will carry two custom-built submarines, 24 zodiacs, kayaks, and a 26-person expert expedition team.

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