The Yachts of Seabourn has published a 140-page catalogue of ultra luxury voyages aboard its intimate cruising yachts throughout 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. Titled "The Yachting Collection," the lavishly illustrated catalogue includes complete details of 143 voyages, visiting over 220 ports in 66 countries on five continents during the 15-month period.
"2009 will be a landmark year for The Yachts of Seabourn," according to the line's president and CEO, Pamela C. Conover. "Seabourn Odyssey's debut in June will expand the ultra luxury segment of the cruise industry for the first time in six years," she continued, "and it will do so in a way that underscores Seabourn's commitment to continuing to provide the highly personalized, relaxed and sociable style of travel that has built our reputation, and that is only possible on our yachts."
Ports which are new for Seabourn, or which the Seabourn yachts have not visited in several years, include St. Raphael, Bandol and Antibes on the French Riviera; Opatija and Split in Croatia; Brindisi, Bari, and Trieste, Italy and Lundy Island and the Isles of Scilly in the United Kingdom. Seabourn Odyssey's World Cruise, in early 2010, will also add areas in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand that have been missing from Seabourn's itineraries in recent years. Returns to Bali, Borneo and a maiden visit to Sihanoukville, Cambodia will add novelty in the Asian portion of the voyage. Late-night stays and overnights in 30 key ports have also been added to the itineraries including cities such as Marseille, Amsterdam and Trieste as well as ports with active nightlife, such as Mykonos, St. Tropez, St. Barts, Portofino and Rhodes.
An intensive program of research, on-site inspections and detailed planning was conducted to ensure that Seabourn's yachts would call at the most desirable places in their peak seasons, and that Seabourn's guests would have insider's access to the best the place has to offer. The destinations of Seabourn Pride, Spirit, Legend and Odyssey include Europe, the Far East, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Seabourn Journeys, which are pre- and post-cruise land extensions, are also highlighted for each regional section. Another section outlines Grand Voyages, which are extended combinations of voyages totaling between 18 and 74 days that are offered at substantial savings, as well as Seabourn Odyssey's 108-day Inaugural World Cruise in 2010.
Among the improvements that make the catalogue more user-friendly are improved, three-dimensional renderings of the suite layouts, with detailed illustrations of the furnishings and amenities for all categories of accommodation, which are located at the back of the book along with the deck plans for easy accessibility.
Fares for The Yachts of Seabourn continue to offer travelers superb value when compared to other travel options. The all-inclusive features of yachting with Seabourn only begin with the expansive ocean-view suite accommodations. Complimentary fine wines and spirits and truly fine dining in an open seating Restaurant are also included. And a myriad of extras such as free Massage Moments on deck and a complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shoreside experience on most voyages all add value to the equation. Early Booking Savings of up to 50% off brochure fares apply for those who book in advance, plus additional savings for combining two or more consecutive cruises. In 2009, Seabourn is increasing the number and variety of its popular Sail & Stay packages that seamlessly combine a cruise with pre- and/or post-cruise stays at luxury hotels in cities around the world including Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Venice, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Fort Lauderdale and San Jose, Costa Rica. A generous selection of cruises throughout the year offer Club Signature Value Savings of up to 50% for past guests of Seabourn or any member of the World's Leading Cruise Lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess Cruises and P&O.