Seabourn bans smoking on balconies

Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn will ban smoking on the balconies of its ships starting in late November with a Seabourn Quest voyage departing from Buenos Aires.

In a bulletin to loyalty club members, it said changes were being made “to better align with your wishes,” based on surveys conducted during the past year, as well as comments from guests and travel agents.

The rollout of the policy will continue with the Dec. 4 departure of Seabourn Encore from Athens, the Dec. 5 departure of Seabourn Sojourn from Dubai and the Dec. 7 departure of Seabourn Odyssey from Lisbon.

Designated outdoor smoking areas remain, including the starboard half of the Sky Bar on Deck 9, the starboard half of the open terrace aft of The Club on Deck 5 and the starboard side of the open terrace aft of Seabourn Square on Deck. 7.

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Seabourn forms culinary partnership with Thomas Keller

Seabourn has partnered with Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, who will create menu items for the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest cruise ships beginning in early fall.

Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller

Also, Seabourn and Keller will collaborate on a restaurant that will debut on the Seabourn Quest next year before being expanded to the rest of the fleet, including the new Seabourn Encore, which is due to enter service in late 2016.

Keller has been awarded three Michelin stars for two of his restaurants: The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., and Per Se in New York. Another restaurant in Yountville, Bouchon, has received one star.

Keller has also authored five cookbooks and is publisher of Finesse Magazine.

“There is really no chef more accomplished or held in higher esteem than Chef Keller, and we are both honored and delighted to have a restaurateur of his stature take our onboard culinary offerings to an even higher level,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “His culinary talent and sophisticated cuisine are beyond compare and the perfect match for our guests. We have no doubt our guests will be as excited as we are to taste and enjoy Chef Keller’s dishes on our ships.”

Seabourn ships to be called Encore and Ovation

Seabourn has picked names for two ships that are due to be delivered in 2016 and 2018.

The earlier arrival of the two will be called Seabourn Encore, and the later arrival will be Seabourn Ovation. The two ships will join Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest in the luxury line’s current fleet.

The new ships will have an extra deck and expanded public rooms, enabling them to carry 604 passengers at double occupancy, rather than 450.

Seabourn Square 1