With Venture paused in fast ice under blue sky, Seabourn passengers served as honorary godparents with godmother Alison Levine, global adventurer, mountaineer and polar explorer, carrying out her ceremonial duties virtually.
'Bottle' of ice
The onboard team released a 'bottle' made of ice that smashed against the hull.
Following the ceremony, Robin West, Seabourn’s VP expedition operations, spoke about the brand's expedition legacy, while Seabourn Venture expedition leader Luciano Bernacchi praised Capt. Stig Betten for finding the perfect location for the event.
'We’ve eagerly awaited Seabourn Venture’s maiden voyage to Antarctica since the moment the ship debuted earlier this year,' Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz said. 'The extraordinary continent encapsulates exactly what we hope to bring to guests who sail aboard our new ship: adventure, discovery and awe-inspiring wonder.'
The cruise departed San Antonio, Chile, Nov. 7 and sailed down the scenic coastline of fjords and glaciers before reaching the White Continent.
Hikes and Zodiac explorations were led by a 26-member expedition team of wildlife experts, scientists, historians and naturalists. Passengers also had the opportunity to kayak or to dive in Seabourn's expedition submarines.
Through February, Seabourn Venture will operate 11- to 22-day voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. In March and April the ship will embark on seven- to 12-day expeditions in Brazil and the Amazon.
Starting in May are two new itineraries encompassing the British Isles and Iceland. Between June and August, Seabourn Venture will explore the Arctic with a series of 14- and 15-day Greenland/Iceland voyages.
On Aug. 27, 2023, a 23-day Northwest Passage journey begins.