By Michael Coleman
British supermodel Twiggy was among the 700 attendees during christening ceremonies for the new 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn, which debuted in London last week.
Sojourn is the second of three new luxury cruising vessels to join Seabourn’s fleet. Sister Seabourn Odyssey was unveiled last summer in Venice. Seabourn Quest will debut in 2011.
Sojourn is presently operating 12- to 14-day voyages during the summer to the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, Norwegian Fjords and Scotland, as well as several Mediterranean voyages in the fall.
The line is celebrating her launch — Twiggy was named Godmother — with a number of special value fares during the remainder of 2010.
For a limited time look for special fares on a 14-day Norwegian Fjords and Scotland, departing August 8; a 12-day Grand Norwegian Fjords, departing September 15; a 12-day Maiden Transatlantic, departing November 3; an 11-day Maiden Caribbean, departing November 19; and a 10-day The Yachtsman’s Caribbean, departing November 30. Nine-to-12-day voyages in Northern Europe start from $4,999 per person, cruise-only or $6,400 with inclusive air.
The launch of Sojourn brings the number of ultra-luxury yachts in the Seabourn fleet to five. Sojourn offers travelers highly personalized service in a relaxed, sociable and luxurious atmosphere. Like its sister Sojourn features 225 spacious suites, 90 percent of which have private verandas.
All suites feature separate living areas and bedrooms, writing desks with personalized stationery, iPod and MP3 connections and spacious granite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and twin sinks.
The two-deck, state-of-the-art Spa at Seabourn features a Spa Villa for hours of indulgence and relaxation, as well as a Kneipp Walk, an herbal bath facility and an aroma steam bath with salt inhalation.
The new vessel has four dining venues featuring menus by celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer, as well as six bars and lounges serving a full range of beverages including fine wines and spirits with Seabourn’s compliments.
On Jan. 5, 2011, Sojourn will embark on a world cruise from Los Angeles to London via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Rates for the full 111-day world cruise begin at $49,995 per person, based on double occupancy, and include a number of additional benefits and amenities such as a pre-cruise Bon Voyage event with dinner and luxury overnight in Los Angeles, special shoreside events and exclusive complimentary shore excursions, Personal Valet luggage shipping service, and shipboard credits.
For a limited time, Seabourn is also offering two-for-one cruise fares with include round-trip air, or cruise-only fares featuring savings up to 65 percent. The promotion is valid for Seabourn voyages in Europe departing between June and November 2010.
On the web — www.seabourn.com