This Week in Cruise: New in Luxury

Rendering of Seven Seas Splendor

With new ship orders and construction kicking off on another new vessel, it’s been a busy week for luxury cruise news.

This week Seabourn announced it is moving into the luxury expedition space by signing a Letter of Intent for the construction of two new expedition cruise ships. The ships will have a new design, although they will incorporate many of the same features and amenities found on other Seabourn ships, and the line will use them to enhance its capacity in destinations like Antarctica and the Arctic. The first of the approximately 550-foot, 23,000 gross ton ships is scheduled for delivery in June 2021, with the second scheduled for May 2022.

In other new ship news, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises officially kicked off construction on its newest ship, the Seven Seas Splendor. At the keel-laying event, the cruise line reported that, due to high demand, it is moving up the opening of Seven Seas Splendor’s 2020 inaugural European summer itineraries for bookings to July 12. The new ship is a sibling vessel to the Seven Seas Explorer. At the event Travel Agent got to tour a mock-up of some of the ship’s new suites to get an idea of what’s new – you can view our firsthand report here.

Finally, in itinerary news this week, AmaWaterways announced two new Founder’s Cruises led by company co-owners Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. The cruises will depart November 17 and 18 on a Nuremberg to Vienna route.

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