4 public areas you’ll find on-board Seabourn’s new expedition ships

Luxury cruising and adventurous expeditions aren’t two phrases you would expect to see together – but Seabourn is changing that.

Last week, Seabourn graced the world with the first rendered images of their two new purpose-built expedition ships. The first one will set sail in June 2021 and has been christened with the name Seabourn Venture. While the second will arrive in May 2022, with its name still to be decided.

Design veteran Adam D. Tihany was the creative energy behind the décor of the new ships. Seabourn’s president, Richard Meadows had the following to say:   

“When you conjure up images of the ideal adventure trip, you would head out into the stunning wilderness for the day knowing that when you return a cosy, welcoming space filled with luxurious materials like leathers and rich woods that invites relaxation and conversation awaits you,”

“Each of these newly designed spaces hits that note perfectly, leaving our guests wanting for nothing and giving them an inviting place to talk to fellow travellers each day about the incredible experiences they had, sharing memorable stories or viewing photos they took.”

Some of the spaces that Tihany has created for these two ships are also new to the Seabourn fleet. Full details are below.

Expedition Lounge

The Expedition Lounge, located on Deck 4, is the heart of the ship. Guests can relax between expeditions on custom furniture that is designed in a variety of warm, natural materials. And adventurous travellers will love examining the map of Antarctica. While two large touchscreens will also display a wealth of information including photos, navigational charts, weather charts, and maps.

Discovery Center

The Discovery Center, which is adjacent to the Expedition Lounge on Deck 4, is the teaching and academic centre of the ship. Audio-visual experiences will come to life through high-definition screens, and will prepare guests for the next stop on their journey. Footage from daily submarine voyages will also be shown, providing an enticing look at the undersea world and the marine life that surrounds the ship.

Landing Zone

There are two Landing Zones on-board each expedition ship: Port & Starboard, located on Deck 3. Both will be a generous 60 square meters in size, allowing guests to change and clean their gear in comfort while also providing space to store their rubber boots.

From the Landing Zones, the attentive staff will guide guests down one flight of stairs to Deck 2, where guests step directly from the ship into the Zodiacs to head off across the water or onward to a landing point ashore.


The atrium is a focal point of all the Seabourn ships, something that the cruise line takes pride in. On-board the two expedition ships, the atrium will be light and airy, with wood and metal detailing – finished off with a captivating art display emulating traditional wind measuring instruments suspended in the middle.

What’s your favourite part of the new Seabourn expedition ships? Let us know in the comments.

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Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.