'We're very, very, very excited to have all these ships back in action, as are our guests but, as importantly, our team members. At Seabourn, we lead and we achieve what we achieve with our people,' President Josh Leibowitz told Seatrade Cruise News.
'One of the first priorities and goals when I joined Seabourn [in June 2020] is that I wouldn't rest until all our team members were back to work,' he said, adding it feels 'really gratifying' that is happening.
All five Seabourn ships are now carrying passengers for the first time since March 2020.
This summer, Seabourn Sojourn will join Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Quest in the Mediterranean, while Seabourn Ovation will visit northern Europe and Seabourn Odyssey will explore Alaska. Purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture is to embark on its inaugural expedition this summer.
Sojourn's summer in the Mediterranean
Seabourn Sojourn's first cruise is a 10-day voyage to Valletta, Malta. The 450-passenger ship is scheduled to spend all summer and part of autumn sailing the Mediterranean.
Between June and mid-October, Sojourn will offer seven-day voyages through the western Mediterranean between Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) exploring the French, Spanish and Italian rivieras, interspersed with 10- and 11-day voyages between Monte Carlo and Barcelona with visits to such destinations as Tangier, Gibraltar and Malta.
Combination voyages will also be available such as the 21-day 'Mediterranean Tapestry' round-trip from Barcelona on July 17, and back-to-back 14-day 'Rivieras & Spanish Enchantment' voyages roundtrip from Civitavecchia on Aug. 14. The season includes a special 'Rock-n-Roll ‘80s' theme voyage on Seabourn Sojourn’s Aug. 21-28 sailing, featuring performances reminiscent of the '80s with award-winning pianist Bernard Walz, comedy and musical performer Steve Stevens; and party band Coyote’s '80s Mixtape.
Beginning mid-October, Seabourn Sojourn will focus on Spain and Portugal, sailing two voyages to the Canary Islands. On Nov. 6, the ship is to depart Lisbon on a 12-day Atlantic crossing, arriving at Miami for four Caribbean round-trips.
Seabourn Sojourn will then begin its 140-day 'Extraordinary Discoveries' world cruise on Jan. 6, 2023, from Miami to Barcelona. The ship will cross the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, calling at ports including Papeete, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Mombasa, Cape Town, Durban, Dakar and Casablanca. Smaller gems in the South Pacific, Easter Island, Papua New Guinea, Western Australia, Seychelles, Cape Verde and West Africa are also scheduled.
The cruise will chart 61 destinations in 32 countries with overnight stays at 10 ports with late-night stays at 16.