Posted by: cruise2 | 19 September, 2007

Seabourn Renovations

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The three Seabourn vessels, Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend, are undergoing multi-million dollar renovations during drydock maintenance periods scheduled between September of 2007 and April of 2008. The renovations, which are the most extensive since balconies were added to 36 of each ship’s suites five years ago, include major overhauls of two of the ships’  open-air alternative dining venues, to increase seating capacities and enhance the options for passengers to enjoy evening entertainment “Under the Stars.”

“As we prepare for the launch of Seabourn Odyssey, we are also investing in the future of our existing fleet,” said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s president and CEO. “These enhancements will ensure that our award-winning Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend will continue to attract and satisfy the most discerning travellers,” she continued.

The ships’ indoor/outdoor Veranda Cafe, located all the way aft  is converted each evening into Restaurant 2, serving innovative tasting menus and themed dinners in a casual setting. The renovation will enlarge the outdoor section, increasing the venue’s seating capacity and adding a graceful new awning for enhanced weather protection and a dramatic touch of style.

The Sky Bar, overlooking the sun deck and whirlpool spas, is a popular gathering spot both day and night, where Sky Grill dinners are occasionally served. During the renovation, twin staircases leading from the deck below are being replaced with a single stairway, allowing an increase in the deck space adjacent to the Sky Bar. Existing fixed cocktail-sized tables are being replaced with more versatile furniture, some of which can be removed to clear the deck space for occasional on-deck entertainment and dancing.

Further features of the renovations include an upgrade of the bedding in all  suites, new carpets in many public areas, upgrades to the treatment rooms in The Spa at Seabourn, and new furniture in the card rooms and internet centres.

Seabourn Pride just completed the process in Germany. Seabourn Spirit‘s turn will be at Singapore in January, 2008 and Seabourn Legend‘s at Lisbon in April, 2008.

One change will be immediately visible as passengerrs arrive to embark. The ships’ livery is being updated, with the decorative line along the shear of the hull being changed from dark blue to black, and the distinctive shield emblem on the ships’ funnels highlighted in gold rather than blue.

Seabourn’s highly inclusive onboard experience provides an array of thoughtful enhancements to shipboard and shoreside services called Signature Delights that add luxury and value for travellers aboard the three 208-passenger Yachts of Seabourn. Signature Delights include complimentary service of spirits and wines including French champagne throughout every cruise; award-winning cuisine designed by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer and served in the ships’ open-seating Restaurants; free Massage Moments for those on deck; indulgent Pure Pampering therapeutic bathing selections from Molton Brown and an Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shore experience on every cruise.

Travellers can experience these Signature Delights on cruises of seven to 28 days or more in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, India and Arabia. Cruise itineraries explore landmark ports and lesser-known gems where larger ships cannot go.

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