Seabourn Posts 2008-2009 Schedule

Ultra luxury Seabourn Cruise Line has posted sailing schedules for its three intimate, all-suite ships from Jan. 2008 through March of 2009

By: Ana Figueroa

Seabourn Cruise Line has posted its schedule for the 15-month period from Jan. 2008 through March 2009 on the company's website. During this period, the line’s three vessels: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend will carry their guests to over 200 ports in 55 countries during 127 scheduled voyages. All cruises for 2008 and the first quarter of 2009 are now open for booking. Itineraries for the Yachts of Seabourn include Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Seabourn Pride, for instance, will explore sea routes and landfalls from Cape Horn at the tip of South America to the northernmost par of Europe, the Cape of Norway on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Spring cruises in the Mediterranean include new calls at Genoa, Italy and Koper, Slovenia. Along with popular cruises in Scandinavia, Russia and the Norwegian fjords, Seabourn Pride will introduce several new western European itineraries encompassing ports in France, the British Isles, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Seabourn Spirit will explore Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and also makes two 8-day voyages to China, including Xiamen, Zhanjiagang (for Wuxi), Nanjing and Shanghai. The ship will make its way through India, Oman, Dubai, Egypt and the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, where ports of call include Greece, Turkey, Italy and the Black Sea. Several new 2008 itineraries concentrate on the Adriatic's beautiful Dalmatian coast, including Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Rovinj, Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro.

Seabourn Legend charts a course from Belize and Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal to the picturesque harbors and resorts of Spain, Italy and the French Riviera. New ports planned for next year include Trapani, Sicily.

Early booking savings are available for passengers who reserve well in advance. Guests who have sailed on Seabourn, or other members of the World's Leading Cruise Lines (Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Princess and Holland America), can take advantage of select voyages featuring Signature Value Savings of up to 50 percent off brochure fares.

Additionally, Seabourn guests can now take advantage of the new Signature Service Desk, which will help plan unique itineraries in far-flung, and sometimes unfamiliar, ports of call. Seabourn's Signature Service Desk utilizes up-to-date local knowledge and assistance to create customized shoreside experiences tailored to the guests' individual tastes. There is no charge for this concierge service - like the rest of Seabourn's award-winning service -it's all included in the fare. "Travelers who book a Seabourn vacation do so largely because of where we go and the style in which we take them there," said the line's president and CEO, Pamela C. Conover. "They expect fascinating places and they value highly personalized service," she continued. "Our Signature concierge staff is an evolution of that promise, ensuring that we meet or exceed their expectations on both counts." Special-interest arrangements might include a tour of Berlin for classic-car lovers, a chance to operate a virtual full-size cargo ship on an innovative computer simulator, or a fantastic super-cold freezing treatment in a Finnish spa, where participants experience therapeutic temperatures of minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit.

For those who would like a custom experience but aren't sure what they'd prefer, the staff has a vast menu of special-interest concepts from which undecided travelers may choose, including Signature Series tours and "Insider Tips" provided by editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.