Seabourn has released new design details for the submarines on its new expedition ships, the Seabourn Venture and its as-yet-unnamed sibling vessel. Each new ship will carry two U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 submarines custom-built for the cruise line.
Each battery-powered sub will carry six guests and one pilot, journeying up to approximately 980 feet below the surface to explore sunken wrecks and reefs, as well as to view marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Guests will be seated in two clear acrylic spheres flanking a central pilot station, allowing for undistorted views in virtually all directions, Seabourn said. Each sphere will contain three passenger seats mounted on a platform that can rotate to give guests the best sightlines.
The subs will also have a 4K underwater video camera system to record the world outside, while an internal video recording system will capture imagery of guests inside and their direct surroundings. Video footage can then be downloaded and projected on large screens in the Discovery Center during lectures aboard the ships, Seabourn said. Mounted to the side of the subs will be a six-function manipulator arm, capable of lifting up to approximately 70 pounds, while the interior will have custom-embroidered leather upholstery, two air conditioning systems, a Bluetooth stereo system and a champagne chiller.
The subs will be operated multiple times per day in regions around the world where conditions are suitable, Seabourn said. They will also be equipped with underwater LED flood/spot lights, imaging sonar and an advanced underwater tracking and navigation system.
The Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with its sibling vessel to follow in May 2022. Between July 2021 and April 2022, the Seabourn Venture will sail itineraries in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as the Amazon, Caribbean, Central and South America and more, visiting more than 150 destinations worldwide.