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'Venture will feel like Seabourn but look very different'

'Venture will feel like Seabourn but look very different'

Touching on new product coming into the market, Robin West, Seabourn’s vice-president of expedition operations and planning, hinted that the line's first expedition ship Seabourn Venture – launching in June 2021 – would look “very, very different on the inside" to competitor vessels.

 

“It will feel like Seabourn but there will be new cabin classes [and] new spaces,” he said.

 

West also analysed the future of in-destination expedition experiences in a sector “becoming more and more competitive”.

 

“In a few years it won’t be about a ship's onboard features, but down to each lines’ expedition teams and what they can offer to differentiate companies," he said.

 

He also addressed the changing environments in the Polar regions, with about 50 ships predicted to be operating in Antarctica by 2021-2022.

 

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), West said, would be revealing plans this summer to help manage tourism in the region and “spread ships more evenly”.

 

“Lines are going to have to start thinking outside the box about how they operate landings as the most popular spots get busier,” he said.

Halls: 'leave a lasting legacy for the environment'

Halls: 'leave a lasting legacy for the environment'

West was joined in throwing a spotlight on environmental issues by explorer and broadcaster Monty Halls, who told delegates the burgeoning expedition cruise sector had “a chance to prosper but must leave a lasting legacy” and maintain the wildlife and eco-systems of the destinations it visits.

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