Seabourn announces new Asian programme for 2011

Guest Writer

Ultra-luxury cruise line The Yachts of Seabourn has announced its award-winning, all-suite Seabourn Pride will remain in Asia throughout 2011, giving Australians an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy luxury cruising close to home.

Speaking in Sydney during the maiden visit of the new Seabourn Odyssey, Yachts of Seabourn President and CEO Pamela Conover said Seabourn Pride would offer a range of new winter-season cruises in 2011 to destinations such as Indonesia and Malaysia, in addition to its program of Asian cruising to nations such as Japan, Korea and China, introduced this year.

“We already have a very loyal following of guests from Australia and New Zealand who regularly sail with us in Europe and the Americas,” Ms Conover said.  “They obviously love the experience, and we’re glad that they, their friends and families will now have the option to enjoy Seabourn yachting life closer to home.  To put it simply, they will be able to travel well, without having to travel far.”

New features of the 2011 winter-season itineraries include popular destinations such as Bali, Singapore and Vietnam and hard-to-reach gems such as the captivating Karimunjawa islands, the exotic Torajaland region on Sulawesi and memorable Komodo Island.  Seabourn Pride will also make calls at three ports on the island of Borneo, varying from the opulent Sultanate of Brunei to an enchanting visit to a refuge for orphaned Orangutans. Bookings for these new voyages will be available from March 2, 2010.
 
Seabourn Pride’s Asian deployment had been made possible by the expansion of Seabourn’s fleet, which will see the addition of three new 450-guest, all-suite vessels - Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest - by 2011.

They join a fleet of three more intimate, 208-guest, all-suite vessels - Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend - that have consistently topped the lists of the world’s finest travel experiences.

Ms Conover said she believed the continued year-round deployment of the intimate Seabourn Pride in Asia in 2011 would be very appealing to Australians, as well as Seabourn’s guests from North America and Europe.

“Our new Seabourn Pride itineraries will enable our guests to explore the beauty and cultural diversity of Asia in the relaxed, casual elegance and effortless ease only possible from the deck of a Seabourn yacht,” Ms Conover said.

Ms Conover said Seabourn would also have a summer presence in the southern hemisphere with its world voyage program. Following Seabourn Odyssey’s 2010 world cruise, Seabourn Sojourn will visit Australia in 2011 on a globe-circling journey from Los Angeles to London with calls to Fremantle, Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

In 2012, Seabourn Odyssey will also be sailing a South Pacific circle voyage called Stars of the Southern Cross with segments of 14 to 26 days available between Los Angeles, Auckland, and Sydney.

For more information on The Yachts of Seabourn, contact a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 02 or visit www.seabourn.com

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