Threat of Piracy Leads to Shift in Cruise Routes

In a decision that president and CEO Pamela Conover called “regrettable,” Yachts of Seabourn will not operate its planned five-month, 15-cruise voyages through the Indian Ocean between 2010 though 2011, but instead will move its 208-guest Seabourn Legend yacht to the Americas in preparation for Caribbean cruises during the winter.

The change in plans was prompted by the high risk of piracy along the planned Indian Ocean routes, making the area increasingly unsafe for travelers.

“It makes me sad to have to cancel these cruises,” said Conover. “We look forward to a time when the sea routes are controlled enough for us to cruise there for the season.”

Although Indian Ocean routes are nixed for the time being, Seabourn insists that its selection of other cruises will more than fill the void. This year's ports of call for the Seabourn Spirit include stops in Egypt, Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, and Java.  Meanwhile, the Seabourn Pride, Odyssey, and Legend will visit Asia, South America, and the Caribbean respectively. Activities offered at the various ports-of-call include snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, barbeques, and more.