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Top 10 reasons to experience the Arctic with Seabourn in 2025

Seabourn ultra-luxury cruise line unveiled the top 10 reasons to explore Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic onboard Seabourn Venture in 2025. From scenic cruising among breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife encounters to expert-led expeditions and cultural immersion, the line’s ultra-luxury, purpose-built expedition ship promises immersive explorations in some of the most beautiful and uninhabited fjords in the Arctic.

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In May 2025, Seabourn Venture will provide in-depth expedition experiences throughout Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland, surrounding guests with glittering towers of ice; offering in-depth, cultural shore excursions; and exploring East Greenland at some of the most beautiful and uninhabited fjords in the world. Starting August 2025, the ship will set sail again for the legendary Northwest Passage with two special journeys through the Canadian Arctic between Greenland and Alaska.

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“Seabourn Venture provides a deep dive into some of the Arctic’s most remote and beautiful regions. From witnessing extraordinary wildlife in Svalbard to the awe-inspiring beauty of Icelandic waterfalls, every moment is filled with adventure and wonder,” said Robin West, Seabourn’s vice president and general manager of expeditions. “With ultra-luxury accommodations, expert-led excursions, and cultural experiences, guests will be immersed in these incredible destinations while enjoying Seabourn’s intimate, yacht-like atmosphere they know and love.”

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The top 10 reasons to experience Seabourn’s Arctic include the following:

  • Breathtaking Landscapes – Towering glaciers, vast regions of tundra, rugged coastlines, and pristine fjords, showcase the raw beauty of the Arctic wilderness.
  • Unique Wildlife Encounters – Iconic Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat, including polar bears, walruses, seals, Arctic foxes and various species of whales, provide incredible wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Midnight Sun & Northern Lights – Each moment of exploration lasts a little longer as guests bask in the summer midnight sun. In late August and September, they may experience the mesmerizing phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, painting the night sky with vibrant hues of green, purple and pink, creating an otherworldly atmosphere.
  • Remote Exploration – Seabourn Venture is enhanced by world-class equipment that allows the line to explore remote destinations. Designed and built for remote, diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards, the ship includes a plethora of modern hardware and technology that extends the ship’s global deployment and capabilities. Off-the-beaten-path expeditions guided by an elite expedition team, explore remote Arctic islands, secluded bays and hidden coves.
  • Cultural Immersion, Expert-Led Lectures and Conversations – Guests will engage in educational lectures and presentations by an elite 24-person expedition team of onboard naturalists, scientists, and historians. While on board, the expedition team participates in Seabourn Conversations, bringing the history and culture of the Arctic communities to life and deepening guests’ understanding of Arctic ecology, geology and history. Off the ship, guests can interact with local communities, to learn about their rich cultural heritage and traditional lifestyles.
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  • Expedition Experiences – Inclusive Experiences at every stop include curated shore excursions, cultural tours, guided Zodiac cruises, hikes and nature walks. Optional, guided Expedition Experiences include state-of-the-art, custom-built 6-guest submarines, providing the option to extend the expedition further for greater ocean exploration. Guests can also paddle through icy fjords and past remote islands on guided kayaking expeditions, gazing at glittering icebergs and marine wildlife for an exhilarating and immersive Arctic experience.
  • Polar Plunge – A Signature Seabourn Experience, guests brave the icy waters with a polar plunge, diving into the Arctic Ocean for a refreshing and adrenaline-pumping thrill, under the supervision of experienced crew members. Afterward, team members help them out of the water and onto the waiting Zodiac.
  • The Mysterious Beauty of the Svalbard Experience – Svalbard is a remote, vast and wild place, largely untouched by human presence. Guests can hike across stark, otherworldly landscapes guided by Seabourn’s Expedition team who will share insights on the unique plant life that thrives in this environment. They will admire rock formations and landscapes created by frost and water over time. There is evan a chance to encounter Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, and interesting bird species while exploring the tundra. The itinerary remains flexible, as the team on board Seabourn Venture allow the weather, conditions and wildlife to dictate each day.
  • Luxurious Accommodations – Spacious, elegantly appointed suite featuring a pair of Swarovski binoculars and a heated gear wardrobe for expedition gear await guests as they return to the ship. There is close to 30,000 square feet of outdoor deck space and special touches at every turn, as well as indoor guest areas with nearly 270-degree views. Guests can bask in sweeping Arctic views and wildlife in their complimentary parka on private verandas or via the 4K GSS camera streaming on their in-suite television.
  • Everything Included Except the Stress – The Seabourn All-Inclusive Expedition Difference provides guests with complimentary Wi-Fi powered by SpaceX’s Starlink, welcome Champagne and a stocked in-suite bar, world-class dining rivaling the finest restaurants anywhere, complimentary premium spirits, fine wines, and Zero @ Sea throughout the ship, and intuitive personalized service provided by Seabourn’s passionate team all while only having to unpack once.
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Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland

Seabourn Venture will sail to Svalbard, Greenland, and Iceland on voyages designed for guests who like to carve their own path in incredibly remote destinations. Highlighted experiences include a driving tour of Lake Mývatn near Akureyri, home to Goðafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland; an included walking tour of Qaqortoq in southwest Greenland; and an optional exploration of the ice sculptures of Iceland’s Lofthellir Cave, formed naturally through thousands of years of dripping water; and scenic cruising through the glittering icebergs of Svalbard, allowing guests to search for wildlife such as polar bears, beluga whales, humpback whales, seals, walrus and more.

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Seabourn Venture will offer itineraries of eight to 26 days in length to Svalbard from mid-May to mid-June in 2025, between Reykjavik and Edinburgh or roundtrip from Edinburgh. The ship will also offer a 12-day voyage to explore Greenland from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq in late July 2025. Both voyages will include pre- and/or post-cruise charter hotel stays in Edinburgh or Reykjavik.

Northwest Passage

Departing August 6 and then August 27, Seabourn Venture will offer two back-to-back, 23-day voyages across the legendary Northwest Passage, inviting guests to follow the footsteps of seafarers and explorers who carved their way through this historic route. Seabourn’s onboard historians and archeologists will share stories of the triumphs and tragedies of the famous expeditions of Franklin and Amundsen. Expedition experiences include an Arctic Circle Trail Hike in Sisimiut, Greenland; and a walk through the Sermermiut Valley to the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat, Greenland.

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Both voyages will include pre- and post-cruise charter hotel stays in Anchorage and Reykjavik. Guests can take their Northwest Passage voyage to the next level with exclusive amenities such as economy class air and complimentary full laundry services throughout their voyage.

Canadian Arctic

Guests can also experience the Canadian Arctic and Labrador, during a 15-day voyage departing August 18 from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to St. John’s, Newfoundland. During the voyage, guests will spend two days in the Torngat Mountains National Park: a pristine Arctic wilderness preserving rich indigenous heritage and breathtaking fjords. Other highlights include visiting the abandoned community at Hebron to learn about the Moravian missions, exploring the first Viking settlement in North America at L’Anse aux Meadows, and experiencing thriving Inuit culture in Pangnirtung and Nain.

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For more details about Seabourn, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn cruising options, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391, visit www.seabourn.com, or contact a professional travel advisor. We recommend MEI Travel for a free, no obligation quote and free help throughout your trip.

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