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T. Mariotti's Marco Ghiglione, left, and Holland America Group's Cyril Tatar press a button to start the steel-cutting

T. Mariotti cuts steel for Seabourn's second expedition newbuild

T. Mariotti cut steel for Seabourn's second expedition ship during a ceremony at San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy.

T. Mariotti Managing Director Marco Ghiglione presided over the ceremony alongside Cyril Tatar, VP newbuild services for Holland America Group, with Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz joining virtually.

Scheduled for 2022 debut

The second ship, which has yet to be named, is scheduled to begin sailing in 2022. It follows sister Seabourn Venture, coming in December 2021 and debuting with a new Norwegian winter itinerary.

'Now, more than ever, we are committed to make it extraordinary and possible, with the highest standard of beauty, comfort and safety,' Ghiglione said. He added both ships benefit from Seabourn, Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, Tihany Design and T.Mariotti people working together as one team.

Enough Zodiacs for everyone to tour at once

Both 264-passenger vessels offer all-veranda suites and are being built to PC6 Polar Class standard. Each will have two custom-built submarines and 24 Zodiacs, giving the flexibility to take all travelers on a Zodiac tour at once, should conditions present a window of opportunity.

Hospitality designer Adam Tihany developed the design vision for the public areas and suites along with a bespoke furniture collection.

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