Seabourn Pursuit Takes a Long Ride on a Barge

Seabourn's newest expedition ship has left one shipyard on a special barge to be finished at another.

Seabourn announced yesterday that their new ultra-luxury ocean and expedition cruise line, is celebrating an important milestone in the construction process for Seabourn Pursuit, with the movement of the ship’s hull to the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy, for final outfitting. Seabourn Pursuit is the line’s second ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship scheduled to enter service in 2023.

The hull was moved onto a special barge on April 6 and began the 1,200 nautical mile journey to Genoa on April 15. Seabourn Pursuit has been under construction at the CIMAR shipyard in San Giorgio di Nogaro and is already equipped with engines, generators, and main equipment of the engine rooms.


“This is such an exciting milestone as this means we are one step closer to the completion of Seabourn Pursuit,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “I am grateful for everyone who has been working so hard to get to this point, and I look forward to seeing her come more to life in the months ahead as she enters this next phase of the construction process.”


“Today marks a major step in the construction of Seabourn Pursuit, and we are looking forward to welcoming her at T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa,” said Marco Ghiglione, Managing Director of T.Mariotti. “Seabourn Pursuit, along with her sister ship, Seabourn Venture, will be an innovative addition to the cruise market, and thank you to everyone involved in turning this important vision into reality.”

Scheduled to launch in 2023, Seabourn Pursuit is being designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include a plethora of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities.

Seabourn Pursuit will provide the same luxury small-ship experience with the addition of world-class equipment that allows the line to offer its widest range of expedition activities led by an expert 26-person team of scientists, scholars, naturalists, and more.

The ship will offer complimentary Seabourn Expedition offerings such as Zodiac cruises, hikes, nature walks, scuba diving, and snorkeling, as well as additional curated complimentary excursions. In addition, the ship will offer optional shore excursions and optional Seabourn Expeditions with kayaking and two custom-built submersibles at select destinations.

These experiences will provide close-up views of wildlife and natural scenery, as well as unforgettable intimacy with the underwater wonders of the ocean.

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