Seabourn is selling three of its six ships to Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the Seattle, Wash.-based cruise operator announced recently.
The ships —Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride and Seabourn Spirit — will be transferred to Xanterra between April 2014 and May 2015. No disruptions or changes in operations are expected for any of the 208-passenger, all-suite ships’ currently published voyages, Seabourn said.
Seabourn Pride will depart from Port Everglades in November and December on multi-day itineraries to the Caribbean, according to Seabourn’s website.
Xanterra, which owns Windstar Cruises said the acquisition of the Seabourn ships will double the size of the luxury sailing yacht operator’s fleet from three to six vessels.
In a Feb. 19 statement Seabourn President Richard Meadows said the line is already in discussions with shipbuilders, and a new ship order is likely to be announced within the current fiscal year.
“Our three newest vessels, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest have raised the bar for ultra-luxury cruising and we intend to add a fourth ship of similar design,” Meadows said.
Seabourn is a unit of Miami-based Carnival Corp. & PLC, the world’s largest cruise operator, with 10 cruise brands and 100 cruise ships.
Seabourn Pride will be the first ship to enter Windstar service in April 2014, followed by Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend in April 2015 and May 2015, respectively.
“Windstar Cruises has experienced four straight years of revenue growth. This expansion is the perfect way to build on the momentum following our recent fleet-wide renovation, providing us with the much needed capacity to match the accelerating demand for our intimate style of yacht cruising,” said Andy Todd, chief executive officer of Xanterra Parks & Resorts.
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