New cruise ship Seabourn Venture will feature two submarines

Cruise ships have become such a huge part of tourism globally, they can take you just about anywhere there's water, from the largest oceans to Europe's rivers to the ends of the Earth.

So what's the next frontier for cruising when ships have covered the world's surface? Beneath the surface, of course.

That's the plan for luxury cruise line Seabourn's next ship, the Seabourn Venture, to be completed in 2021.

The ship will feature two on-board mini submarines, each capable of taking up to six passengers beneath the waves in such extraordinary destinations as Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic.

The U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 submarines have been designed specifically for Seabourn.

Each battery-powered sub will carry six guests and one pilot, taking them up to 300 metres beneath the surface to explore wrecks, reefs and see marine life.

Two clear acrylic spheres, with three seats in each mounted on a rotating platform, will give passengers a panoramic view of their underwater surroundings.

"The undersea world is often considered as the last great frontier on Earth, with more than 80 per cent of the underwater realm remaining unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored," said Robin West, vice-president of Expedition Operations for Seabourn. "With these subs, we're going to take our guests to places that few have ever seen first-hand, leaving them with a perspective on the world around us that is jaw-dropping and will create stories to last a lifetime."

The subs will also feature a high definition video recording system, leather seats, a Bluetooth stereo system and, crucial to any luxury traveller, a champagne chiller.

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Seabourn also recently unveiled the first designs for the new ship, including the top tier suites and public spaces.

Designed by New York's Adam D. Tihany, the ship will feature an "Expedition Lounge", "Discovery Centre" and "Landing Zone" area – sections not previously seen on other Seabourn ships.

The Expedition Lounge will be the gathering place for passengers ahead of their expeditions off the ship, while the Discovery Centre will be used for lectures and briefings by scientists and wilderness experts about the destinations the ship visits.

The Landing Zone, commonly known as a mud room, is where passengers will get on and off the ship's 24 Zodiac dinghies for expeditions. In warmer climates, it will also be used for snorkelling and other water based activities.

Seabourn has announced its inaugural itineraries for the Venture, from July 2021 to April 2022. The 25 trips will cover 150 destinations across the Arctic, Antarctica, the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America. Itineraries range in length from seven to 22 days.

See www.seabourn.com 

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