Seabourn to order new ship

By Tom Stieghorst
Seabourn Cruises, which on Monday announced the sale of its three smallest ships, said it plans to order a new ship this year that would give it four 450-passenger vessels.

The transfer of the Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend to Windstar Cruises by May 2015 would leave the small-ship luxury line with the Seabourn Quest, Odyssey and Soujourn, which were delivered from 2009-11.

"Seabourn is already in discussion with shipbuilders, and an order is likely to be announced within the current fiscal year," Seabourn President Rick Meadows said. "The new ship will allow Seabourn to maintain much of its current guest capacity."

The three small ships leaving the fleet each have a capacity of 208 guests. Seabourn's total capacity of 1,974 guests will be reduced by 32% by their departure.

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