Seabourn Voluntary Suspension Update: October 7, 2020

We have made the difficult decision to extend the voluntary pause of some of our global ship operations. Specific details are as follows:

  • Seabourn Odyssey: with its operations pause effective through January 15, 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation: with its operations pause effective through April 18, 2021
  • Seabourn Encore: with its operations pause effective through May 28, 2021

Guests booked on sailings impacted by the latest Seabourn voluntary suspension will automatically receive 125% future cruise credit (fully paid reservations 125% of cruise fare, deposited reservations, 125% of monies paid). FCC must be used by December 31, 2021 on cruises departing through December 31, 2022. Guests may also request a refund.

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Seabourn, known for all-inclusive luxury cruises, on September 1, 2020 announced the extension of its voluntary suspension. The Seabourn voluntary suspension is somewhat confusing with different dates among three of it’s ships, Ovation, Encore (pictured below) and Quest.

Seabourn Encore Thermal Spa
Seabourn Encore Spa

Specific details are as follows:

  • Ovation: with its operations pause effective through January 3, 2021
  • Encore: with its operations pause effective through January 6, 2021
  • Quest: with its operations pause effective through May 10, 2021 

Seabourn is continuing to assess the timing to resume operations on Odyssey in the Caribbean. As a courtesy to guests booked on December sailings aboard Odyssey, final payment will now be due 60 days prior to departure.

Read: Seabourn pause in global operations

Seabourn had previously announced a pause in its global ship operations from March 14 through May 2021, depending on the ship, effectively cancelling all voyages for those ships scheduled to operate during that time frame. The decision to cancel additional voyages is a proactive action to deal with the circumstances continuing to evolve from the global response to the COVID-19 situation.

“Our utmost priority is the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the people in destinations. We recognize the long lead time for planning an ultra-luxury experience and with that in mind, we proactively announce the cancellation of these additional voyages,” said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “We are working very closely with science and medical advisors as well as our source and destination markets to develop protocols for the ultimate return to operations.”


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