The Seabourn Odyssey, a
450-passenger ship under construction for Seabourn Cruise Line,
will launch its inaugural season from Venice in summer 2009.
Pamela Conover, president and CEO of
Seabourn, said that on June 24, 2009, the ship would depart Venice
on a 14-day cruise to Istanbul, calling in Croatia, Montenegro and
Greece. Its inaugural season will be capped by Seabourns first
world cruise, a 108-day sailing out of Fort Lauderdale in January
Seabourn has begun taking bookings for
the ships first season from people that have been on a waiting
list; on Nov. 5, bookings will be open to the general public.
Conover said that in the highest category, the 14-day trip is
$49,000 per person; the lowest price is $11,000.
People put down money without even
knowing where we were going, Conover remarked.
The Odysseys second trip will be a
roundtrip Black Sea cruise from Istanbul, leaving on July 8. From
there the ship will do a series of cruises in the Mediterranean
before spending its first winter in the Caribbean, ahead of the
Conover said the new ship would meet some
of the pent-up demand from Seabourn cruisers, 50% of which are
We have been constrained by a lack of
available beds, she said. People complain, 'Why cant I get on your
Conover anticipates that in-room dining
will be quite popular on the Odyssey because of its huge balconies,
each of which will average 65 square feet.
I said, 'Larry [Lawrence Rapp, Seabourns
vice president of hotel operations], get ready,' she laughed.
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