Seabourn seals order

Seabourn has firmed up a contract to construct a cruiseship at Fincantieri in Italy.
The Seabourn Odyssey.

The Seabourn Odyssey.

In a statement the Carnival Corp affiliate confirmed that the 40,350-gt vessel will be based on the Seabourn Odyssey-class of ships but will boast an additional deck and other upgrades.

Upon delivery in the second-half of 2016, a projection issued by Fincantieri, the cruiseship will be capable of accommodating 604 guests in 302 suites equipped with their own verandas.

As we reported, Seabourn inked a letter of intent with the Italian shipbuilder late last year in anticipation of replacing capacity that will be lost with the sale of the 10,000-gt Seabourn Pride (built 1988), Seabourn Spirit (built 1989) and Seabourn Legend (built 1992).

Today, the Carnival offshoot was quick to point out that it still intends to hand over the keys of these three vessels to Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the owner of Windstar Cruises, in April 2014, April 2015 and May 2015, respectively.

After sealing Seabourn’s order Fincantieri chief Giuseppe Bono noted his company is now constructing cruiseships for all of the major operators of tonnage in the ultra-luxury segment of the market, which has seen what he described as “strong investments” over the last 12 months.

At last check its backlog also included orders from the likes of Viking Ocean Cruises, Prestige Cruise and Carnival Cruise Lines, which is behind more than half of the projects. According to UBS, eight of the yard’s newbuildings are due for delivery between 2014 and 2016.

In addition to Seabourn’s fleet, Carnival Corp controls over 100 cruiseships that trade under brands like Aida Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Crociere, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Iberojet Cruceros, P&O Australia, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.

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