Seabourn Venture Reaches New Milestone

Watch our video of Seabourn Venture’s float out

We are thrilled to share that our newest expedition ship, Seabourn Venture, reached a major construction milestone with an intimate launch ceremony at the T. Mariotti shipyard in Genoa, Italy on August 11, 2021.

The launch ceremony is an enduring maritime tradition that calls for a “madrina” to preside over the celebratory events. Serving in this significant role was Jarda Versloot-West, Seabourn’s senior manager of Expedition staffing, who first joined Seabourn nearly a decade ago for our maiden voyage to Antarctica. She was joined at the event by Seabourn President Josh Leibowitz and T. Mariotti Shipyard Managing Director Marco Ghiglione.

During the ceremony, a bottle of celebratory Champagne broke against the hull to commemorate the milestone. The ship will now move from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at the shipyard, where it will undergo final construction until the ship is delivered.

“This ceremony carries on a rich shipbuilding tradition, representing a significant step toward the launch of our first purpose-built ultra-luxury expedition ship,” said Seaborn President Josh Leibowitz. “I receive notes from guests and partners across the travel industry on a regular basis, who eagerly await the arrival of this beautiful, very capable ship that will take them to places many people dream of visiting one day.”

On behalf of the shipyard, Marco Ghiglione shared that “After the steel cutting and keel laying, we are all here to celebrate another important milestone before the final completion of Seabourn Venture. The dedication of all people involved in the construction is a matter of pride for T. Mariotti, and we are absolutely sure that we are building something special: a unique ship that will be the top in the luxury cruise expedition market.”

A traditional coin ceremony for the ship was held on July 13, where Versloot-West welded a commemorative coin to the ship structure.

For more information about Seabourn Venture, please contact a travel advisor, call Seabourn at (800) 929-9391 or visit