Seabourn Reports Booking Wave

Seabourn Cruise Line has reported that booking volumes for 2010 cruises continued to set records through the three-month period ending September 30. The line’s four vessels are booked at full capacity through 2009 and advance bookings for 2010 during the three-month period are more than double the previous year’s pace, according to the cruise line.

Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn’s president and CEO, credited two major factors for the activity.“The press, the public and the travel agency community have all eagerly responded to the launch of Seabourn Odyssey,” she said in a prepared statement. “The combination of the reviews and our Yachting Collection Savings promotion has generated excitement both among our loyal repeat guests and from new travelers who are trying us for the first time.”

The Seabourn Odyssey debuted in June and was the first new vessel to enter the luxury market segment in over six years. Two more new Seabourn vessels on the way. Seabourn Sojourn will launch next June in England, and a third will debut in 2011.

Seabourn responded to last year’s economic downturn by introducing Yachting Collection Savings of up to 65 percent off brochure fares, resulting in historically low prices for the all-inclusive, ultra luxury segment of the industry. The savings have now been extended through Seabourn’s 2010 European season, with fares for seven-day European voyages starting from $2,799 per person, based on double occupancy.

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