MIAMI, October 6, 2009—-The Yachts of Seabourn reported that booking volumes for 2010 cruises continued to set records through the three-month period ending September 30. The lineâ€™s four intimate, ultra luxury vessels are booked at full capacity through 2009 and advance bookings for 2010 during the three-month period are more than double the previous yearâ€™s pace.
Pamela C. Conover, Seabournâ€™s president and CEO, credited two major factors for the surging activity. â€œThe press, the public and the travel agency community have all eagerly responded to the launch of Seabourn Odyssey,â€ she said. â€œThe combination of the rave reviews for our newest ultra luxury yacht and our Yachting Collection Savings promotion has generated excitement both among our loyal repeat guests and from new travelers who are trying us for the first time.â€
Seabourn Odyssey debuted in June and was immediately hailed as â€œa game-changerâ€ for the luxury cruising segment. It was the first new vessel to enter the segment in over six years, and, at 450 guests, is also the most intimate new vessel planned by any major cruise company. Two more new Seabourn yachts are on the way. Seabourn Sojourn will launch next June in England, and a third will debut in 2011.
Seabourn responded to last yearâ€™s economic downturn by introducing Yachting Collection Savings of up to 65 percent off brochure fares, resulting in historically low prices for the all-inclusive, ultra luxury segment of the industry. The simple, easily understood offers have appealed to travel agents and consumers, and expanded the lineâ€™s market penetration at a time when its capacity is also expanding dramatically. Yachting Collection Savings have now been extended through Seabournâ€™s 2010 European season, offering unprecedented values for its top-rated cruise vacations, with fares for seven-day European voyages starting from $2,799 per person, based on double occupancy.
The Yachts of Seabourn has swept the consumer polls of popular travel magazines in the past year, winning top small-ship honors in both the CondÃ© Nast Traveler Readersâ€™ Choice Award and the Travel + Leisure Worldâ€™s Best Award. In addition, the line was voted the top small-ship line in both 2008 and 2009 by the luxury travel advisors of the prestigious Virtuoso Travel Network.
For more information, or to take advantage of Seabournâ€™s Yachting Collection Savings of up to 65 percent off brochure fares for 2010 voyages, contact your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391.