This Week in Cruise: New Ship Updates From MSC, Seabourn and More

Seabourn Venture
The Seabourn Venture

It’s been another busy week for new cruise ship updates, particularly in the expedition space. 

MSC Cruises opened bookings for its first Seaside EVO ship, the MSC Seashore, for members of its MSC Voyagers Club loyalty program. All other guests can begin booking on the new vessel, which launches in June 2021, on July 11, 2019. A larger variant of the line’s new MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, the new ship will incorporate new and expanded public areas, including a larger kids’ area and waterpark and a new restaurant for Aurea guests. 

In expedition cruise news, Seabourn released a sneak peek at the submarines that will be onboard its two new expedition ships, the Seabourn Venture and its as-yet-unnamed sibling vessel. Each new ship will carry two custom-built U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 submarines, each capable of carrying six guests in a pair of clear acrylic spheres with seats on platforms that can rotate for optimal sightlines. The new subs will launch along with the Seabourn Venture in June 2021, followed by the line’s second new expedition ship in May 2022. 

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Finally, Oceanwide Expeditions announced that the Janssonius, the sibling ship to the recently launched Hondius, will set sail in October 2021. The Janssonius will have the same passenger capacity as its predecessor, 174, as well as a nearly identical size and design. The new ship will also be Polar Class 6 ice-rated, a dedicated observation lounge and a protected indoor Zodiac loading area, along with two separate gangways. 

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