April 21, 2009 (Miami) â€“ Step off the dock and into the relaxed, rewarding yachting lifestyle with affordable, hassle-free luxury cruising from The Yachts of Seabourn. The award-winning small luxury cruise line recently unveiled its European schedule for 2010-2011, with plenty of opportunities for friends and family to create lasting memories in every corner of the continent. From new ports of call such as Ponza, Italy, and Trondheim, Norway, to classic itineraries through the historic heart of Europe, guests can expect award-winning service at value-focused rates starting at just $2,499 per person.
With the launch of Seabourn Odyssey in June and Seabourn Sojourn in 2010, the Seabourn fleet has set itself up as the hottest ticket to Europe, able to access hard-to-reach ports on small yacht-style vessels. Whatâ€™s more, a Seabourn cruise comprises one of the most all-inclusive vacations in the world, with fares including all-suite accommodations, gourmet dining, all beverages including wines and spirits, entertainment, water sports and even gratuities for its renowned service staff.
Additionally, Seabourn encourages travelers to make memories with their â€œBetween Friendsâ€ promotion offered on select European itineraries. The promotion encourages groups of three or more couples to travel together with an onboard credit of $1500 per couple. This added incentive invites guests to reconnect on private custom activities, such as a picnic in the gardens of Rome’s Villa Borghese or a breathtaking helicopter ride to lunch at Alain Ducasse’s Moulin de Mougins restaurant in the Alpes de Provence.
New Ports of Call
Step aboard one of Seabournâ€™s exceptional European itineraries with the opportunity to experience the following new ports of call:
- Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greek Isles â€“ Visit Melissani Lake, formerly a cavern until an earthquake reshaped it, with water so blue that boats appear to be floating on light. Take in stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves, and discover Fiskardho, the last preserve of distinctive Venetian buildings on this Ionian island.
- Heraklion, Crete, Greek Isles â€“ Explore Knossos, the great capital of Minoan civilization, whose Palace dates from the second millennium B.C., as well as the renowned Heraklion Archeological Museum, with artifacts and fresco murals dating from the Minoan age.
- Ponza, Italy â€“ Set on an island in the Tyrhennian Sea, Ponza is as Italian as it gets and yet remains off the tourist trail. Reminisce upon your return with beautiful photos of the pretty pastel-colored cube houses arrayed in tiers like an amphitheatre rising from the sea.
- Szczecin, Poland â€“Polandâ€™s largest seaport is situated along the southwestern shore of Dabie Lake and is in close proximity to Berlin, one of Europeâ€™s most vibrant cities.
- Torshavn, Faroe Islands â€“ Hailed in a National Geographic Traveler survey as the worldâ€™s most appealing islands, the Faroes are the perfect example of how Seabourn takes travelers â€œoff the tourist radar.â€ The whole group can marvel at the tilted â€œwedding-cakeâ€ isles of basalt that rise from the sea in verdant terraces midway between Scotland and Iceland, each home to abundant avian life and grass-roofed â€œlonghouses.â€
- Trondheim, Norway â€“Medieval architecture abounds in Norway, and the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is the largest of them all. Enjoy the favored port of Viking King Olav, who on one departure in 1014 pulled down the London Bridge. Make sure that everyone catches the other sites, including a wide assortment of perfectly-tuned ancient instruments at the Ringve Museum of Music, and the wooden bridge collection at the Trondelag Folk Museum.
- Zadar, Croatia â€“ No longer the capital of Dalmatia, today Zadar presents a feast for everyone with medieval architecture, a kinetic sculpture, and an active â€œsea organâ€ with pipes played by the waves. An intimate ferry-rowboat ride to the 9th-century St. Donatâ€™s Church is not to be missed.
There is Still Time in 2009
For those looking to book a cruise to Europe in 2009, Seabourn is offering 50 to 65 percent off the published brochure fares of certain voyages. The new fares start from only $2,499 per person for a seven-day Mediterranean voyage and apply to 50 voyages of seven to 16 days, departing between June 13 and October 24, 2009.
New Ships to Sail
Donâ€™t miss the launch of Seabourn Odyssey â€“ Seabournâ€™s first new ultra-luxury yacht in six years â€“ in June 2009. The vesselâ€™s maiden voyage will depart Venice and explore the Mediterranean during the summer. Meanwhile, Seabourn Sojourn is on schedule for launch in June 2010, with a first season including a 14-day maiden voyage from Greenwich to Dover visiting Scotland, the Faroes and Iceland. Both yachts also have World Cruises scheduled for their first year.
Keep up to date on each yachtâ€™s progress at blog.seabourn.com/
For more information or to make a reservation, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.