MIAMI -- Seabourn Cruise Line is returning to Alaska next summer.
The luxury cruise operator said it will reposition its
208-passenger Seabourn Spirit from Southeast Asia to Alaska, where
it will start sailing in May. Seabourn has not operated in Alaska
since 1997, and the cruise line said its return to the state was
prompted by customer demand. The ship will return to Asia following
the Alaska summer season.
"We have had requests from Seabourn's loyal guests to return to
Alaska," said Richard Meadows, Seabourn's senior vice president of
sales and marketing. The bulk of Seabourn Spirit's summer will be
spent sailing a series of eight 10- and 11-day Alaska cruises
roundtrip from Vancouver.
On the 10-day Alaskan Spirit itinerary are Victoria, British
Columbia, and the Inside Passage, Misty Fjords, Wrangell, Tracy
Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and Ketchikan, all in Alaska.
Early-booking discounts of up to 40% put starting the prices for
these cruises at $3,995 per person, double occupancy..
The 11-day Alaskan Vistas itineraries add the village of Alert
Bay in British Columbia. Early-booking discounts put starting
prices for these cruises at $4,379 per person, double. A
professional naturalist will accompany each Seabourn Spirit
The first of two 10-day Grand Alaska cruises will sail between
Seward, Alaska, and Vancouver, starting on May 12. The ship will
enter College Fjord, cruise by Hubbard Glacier and visit Sitka,
Skagway, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Ketchikan and Misty Fjords as well as
On Aug. 14, the itinerary will be reversed. Both Grand Alaska
cruises offer optional Denali land extensions. With early-booking
discounts of up to 50%, fares for Grand Alaska cruises start at
$3,499 per person, double occupancy.
The yacht-like Seabourn Spirit is an all-suite ship with cabins
that measure 277 square feet or larger; many have balconies. The
ship's restaurant offers open-seating dining, and complimentary
wines and spirits are included.
For additional information or reservations, call (800) 929-9391
or visit the Web at www.seabourn.com.