Seabourn announced today that due to COVID-19 construction and supply issues the Seabourn Venture’s Inaugural Voyage is being delayed from July 2021 to December 2021, with her delivery date now scheduled for December 1, 2021. Guests currently booked on the inaugural voyage for Seabourn Venture will be offered the opportunity to sail on the new inaugural itinerary on a priority basis before it is open for sale to the general public. (NOTE: Additional details on rebooking for other affected Seabourn Venture voyages will be shared with booked guests and travel advisors in mid-October. )
Seabourn Venture will debut in December 2021 with a series of first-ever “Norwegian Winter” voyages where they may be able to see the Northern Lights. Guests will be able to place a future cruise deposit on the new Northern Lights itineraries so if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible. In fact, you may be placed on a Waitlist for any of the Seabourn Venture cruises from December 2021-April 2022.
Meanwhile, the Seabourn Quest’s voyages through May 10, 2021 including all Panama Canal, Antarctica and Patagonia, Amazon, and Transatlantic sailings have been canceled. The good news (if there is such a thing) is that the Seabourn Quest will be re-deployed to Antarctica for the 2021-2022 Seabourn. Guests who are currently confirmed on one of the affected voyages scheduled between November 7, 2020 and April 25, 2021, will automatically be re-accommodated in the same suite on the same voyage during Seabourn Quest’s 2021-2022 season, at the rate paid, within 30 days, as well as receive a shipboard credit that is calculated based upon voyage length. The shipboard credit is $300 per suite for voyages up to 20 days in length and $500 per suite for voyages of 21 days or more.
Guests booked on impacted cruises on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will automatically be cancelled and all guests will receive Future Cruise Credits. They can also request a full refund of monies paid to Seabourn. Specific details are as follows:
- Paid in Full: those guests paid in full will receive 125% Future Cruise Credit of the base cruise fare paid to Seabourn. Guests can also request a full refund of the monies paid to Seabourn.
- Deposited bookings: those guests with deposited bookings will receive a Future Cruise Credit valued at 125% of the deposit amount paid, up to the base cruise fare paid to Seabourn. Guests can also request a full refund of the monies paid to Seabourn.
The Future Cruise Credit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may be used to book sailings departing through Dec. 31, 2022. The amount of non-cruise fare purchases may be transferred to a new booking. Alternatively, guests may request a refund of the monies paid to Seabourn, which will be reimbursed to the original form of payment.
If you are booked on any of the affected cruises and are booked with Goldring Travel, I will be reaching out to you when I have more information regarding your specific booking. You may also hear from Seabourn directly – especially regarding the Seabourn Venture Inaugural Cruise. Of course, and as always, there is no reason you have to wait for those calls. Feel free to email or call me directly!
And remember: Just because these cruises have been cancelled it doesn’t mean all cruises are cancelled. Let’s talk about alternatives and options. They are out there!
I know this is extremely frustrating and disappointing. But we all will get through this and get back on the High Seas.
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