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SEABOURN: Discover Northern Europe’s hidden highlights onboard a luxury cruise

Step onboard a luxury Seabourn cruise and be swept away to some of the most awe-inspiring destinations in Northern Europe. Expect jaw-dropping scenery, wild, windswept coastlines, incredible wildlife and ancient historic sites. 

The rich legacy of history, architecture and art in Northern Europe has made it a perennial favourite cruise destination for Seabourn guests. “Northern Europe offers so much variety for our guests,” says Tony Archbold, Seabourn’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing in Australia and New Zealand.

“Whether it’s the breathtaking fjords of Norway, the colours of Stockholm or the marvellous scenery of Iceland, there is something to appeal to everyone in northern Europe.”

Exploring by kayak
Exploring by kayak © Galaxiid/Aliscia Young

Northern Europe Cruises: Innovative itineraries

“Our wide variety of itineraries allows guests to return again and again for a new experience each time,” adds Archbold, referencing the cruise line’s hand-crafted Northern Europe itineraries. “Seabourn was founded by Norwegians so you could say our heritage is in this region.”

Robin West, Seabourn’s Vice President and General Manager for Expeditions, has worked with Senior Director of Itinerary Planning, Timothy Littley, to design an innovative series of specially curated itineraries. Each of these has been carefully created to take full advantage of the many scenic natural splendours and cultural treasures of Northern Europe, from archaeological sites to traditional fishing villages and wildlife colonies.

Seabourn’s uniquely designed itineraries include boutique ports, sheltered coves and hidden harbors, where many larger cruise ships cannot go. This gives Seabourn passengers an unparalleled cruise experience. 

Norwegian Fjords
Norwegian Fjords

Destination: Northern Europe’s Splendour 

During the northern summer, Norway, the scattered British Isles, Iceland and Greenland provide a range of cruising destinations as unique and spectacular as anywhere on Earth. Their iceberg-dotted fjords and sheer island cliffs teem with vast colonies of breeding birds and other wildlife. Meanwhile, picturesque traditional villages and ancient Viking sites add intriguing human interest and fascinating history.

Plunge into once-in-a-lifetime adventures like cruising the Baltic Sea, exploring cosmopolitan Helsinki in Finland and Estonia’s medieval capital, Tallinn. Seabourn also offers voyages between Stockholm and Copenhagen, which include the less-visited British Isles and extended journeys to the majestic fjords of the Norwegian coast and the North Cape.

Seabourn has cruised in Northern Europe for decades, carrying an extensive team of knowledgeable naturalists, archaeologists, photography coaches and other experts who will share fascinating insights with guests onboard.

Expedition Cruises: Ventures by Seabourn

Style and adventure go hand-in-hand onboard a Seabourn cruise. The luxury cruise liner introduces passengers to Northern Europe’s many charms on a series of ultra-lux sailings with expedition-style flair. 

“Seabourn guests desire to closely engage with our destinations,” says Archbold. “Ventures by Seabourn creates that perfect environment under the guidance of our team of expert historians, scientists, naturalists and scholars.”

Each expert has been carefully selected to bring different destinations and sights alive. “…whether it’s on foot or water with our own fleet of kayaks and zodiacs, Ventures by Seabourn will greatly enhance our guests ‘experience.”

These optional Zodiac tours, kayaking excursions and hikes to breathtaking waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs and snow-capped peaks are just a few of the daily adventures on offer to passengers in Northern Europe. Meanwhile, future Seabourn vessels are set to offer guests an even great experience, with the addition of two custom-built submarines. These will provide passengers with an unforgettable look at the world and wildlife beneath the ocean’s surface. 

Seabourn: The Original Ultra-Luxury Cruise Line

All-inclusive, luxury cruising comes as standard with Seabourn, known as being the original ultra-lux cruise line. Seabourn offers a luxury, small-ship cruise experience like no other. They have the youngest and most modern fleet in the industry, as well as the highest ratio of space-per-guest, 

Each ship features entirely ocean-front suites, luxuriously designed accommodation and world-class dining, enhanced by a partnership with seven Michelin star-holding chef, Thomas Keller. Passengers are welcomed by an award-winning crew, which numbers nearly as many as the guests. The handpicked, extensively trained team deliver Seabourn’s legendary blend of heartfelt hospitality and professional luxury.

Seabourn’s cruise ships carry between 458 and 600 guests each. They also feature outdoor pools, luxury spas with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, fully-equipped fitness, watersports marinas amongst others.

Sailing into the Future: Seabourn’s Newest Additions

Voted Best Small-Ship Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler, Seabourn’s fleet of five ships will grow to seven. They will add two brand new vessels to their collection in the next few years. Seabourn Venture is scheduled for delivery in July 2022, while sister ship Seabourn Pursuit is due in March 2023.

Both PC6 Polar Class standard-ships have been designed for diverse environments. They are ideal for sailings to Northern Europe and the likes of Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Each will also carry two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiacs, kayaks. Plus a 26-person expert expedition team whose role is to engage guests throughout each voyage. 

Seabourn Northern Europe Cruises 2022

With Seabourn’s new ships, award-winning service and unique Northern Europe itineraries, there’s never been a more exciting time to sail with the luxury liner.

“As the original ultra-luxury cruise line, we have developed the optimal balance between the perfect onboard experience and fulfilling adventure on land which combined, provides the Seabourn guest with an impeccable holiday.”, says Archbold.

Discover more about Seabourn’s Northern Europe itineraries by visiting: seabourn.com

Lead image: Taking off in a Zodiac © Mike Louagie

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