T. Mariotti's Marco Ghiglione pushed the button to start the steel cutting with Cyril Tatar, vice president of newbuild services for Holland America Group
Italian shipbuilder T. Mariotti has cut the steel for Seabourn’s second ultra-luxury expedition cruise ship, which is scheduled for delivery in 2022.
The yet-to-be-named vessel will be a sister to Seabourn Venture, which is also under construction at T. Mariotti’s yard in San Giorgo di Nogare, Italy and is expected to debut in 2021.
“With two brand new ultra-luxury expedition ships now under construction, we are setting a new standard of luxury and adventure,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, who joined the steel-cutting ceremony virtually. “This milestone further underscores our commitment to the expedition travel category and I’m confident these ships will deliver extraordinary expedition experiences.”
Both Seabourn Venture-class ships will be built to comply with Polar Class 6 standards, allowing them to operate in polar regions. The newbuilds will offer many of the features that are popular on Seabourn’s other ships, as well as public areas, guests suites and a bespoke collection of furniture created by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany. Other onboard highlights will include two custom-built submarines and 24 Zodiacs.
“The first steel cut for the second Seabourn expedition vessel, while Seabourn Venture is already under construction, enhances the enthusiasm even more for the successful and long-lasting cooperation with Seabourn,” said Marco Ghiglione, managing director for T. Mariotti. “Now more than ever, we are committed to make it extraordinary and possible, with the highest standard of beauty, comfort and safety. The two Seabourn expedition sister ships, now both under construction, benefit from an intangible ingredient: Seabourn, Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, Tihany Design and T.Mariotti people working together as one team.”
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