October 16, 2008 (Miami) â€“ The Yachts of Seabourn has been named the #1 Small Ship Cruise Line in the world by readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler in the magazineâ€™s 21st annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards. The ultra-luxury cruise line, which is poised to expand its fleet with the launch of Seabourn Odyssey in June 2009, and two additional new yachts in 2010 and 2011, has consistently earned the praise and the patronage of refined travelers the world over, including the discerning readership of CondÃ© Nast Traveler.
The 21st annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards, which appears in CondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s November 2008 issue, is the largest independent poll of consumer preferences today with over 32,000 readers voting this year. With an overall score of 88.8, The Yachts of Seabourn were evaluated on such attributes as activities, dining, shore excursions and itineraries.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to have been voted the #1 Small Ship Cruise Line by readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler, who are as smart and sophisticated as the travel magazine they read,â€ said Pamela Conover, President and CEO of The Yachts of Seabourn. â€œTravelerâ€™s readership brings its own experience and preferences to the table, and we appreciate that they chose Seabourn for the top spot. The award is a great honor for all of us, but especially for the hard-working employees who make Seabourn the finest experience on the seas.â€
The Readersâ€™ Choice recognition adds to a long list of awards earned by The Yachts of Seabourn. Recently, Seabourn was named â€œBest Small Ship Cruise Lineâ€ at the Virtuoso Performance Awards, chosen by the industryâ€™s leading luxury travel specialists. The cruise line was also honored as one of the â€œWorldâ€™s Best Valuesâ€ in the 2007 Worldâ€™s Best Awards from Travel + Leisure, as well as the â€œWorldâ€™s Best Small Ship Cruise Lineâ€ from T+L in 2005 and 2006. Seabourn has also appeared on CondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s coveted â€œGold Listâ€ for 13 consecutive years from 1994-2007.
If CondÃ© Nast Travelerâ€™s readers liked what theyâ€™ve experienced on Seabourn to date, then the newest member of the fleet, Seabourn Odyssey, will not disappoint. The first ultra-luxury vessel to debut in six years, Odyssey will launch from Venice in June 2009 as the first of three â€œnew buildsâ€ to be introduced over the next three years. The 32,000-ton yacht will accommodate 450 guests in luxurious all-suite accommodations measuring from 290 to over 1,600 square feet, more than 90 percent of them outfitted with private verandas. Onboard features will include five dining alternatives, five lounges and bars, an expansive pool and sunbathing area, and a spectacular two-deck, indoor/outdoor spa facility of more than 11,400 square feet. Additionally, passengers will delight in the same extraordinary levels of personalized service they experience on the existing vessels. With their intimate size, all Seabourn yachts call at harbors and waterways closed to larger vessels and sail to the most desirable destinations at the optimum time of year.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.