Seabourn has launched its 2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons, a 145-night journey aboard Seabourn Sojourn departing 11JAN 2024. The world cruise, set to visit 72 destinations and ports in 28 countries on five continents, with 20 overnight stays along the way, is already open for booking.
Seabourn Sojourn will depart Los Angeles on 11JAN 2024, and travel westbound to Hawaii and the islands of the South Pacific. From there, the ship will travel to New Zealand, Australia, and a number of destinations in Asia, Arabia, Egypt and the Holy Land, before drawing the World Cruise to a close in Athens, Greece, on 05JUN 2024. Shorter segments ranging from 22 to 89 days are also available to book.
“Our 2024 World Cruise aboard Seabourn Sojourn promises to be an extraordinary journey across the world," said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn.
"Whether guests book the entire 145-day voyage or join us on one of the many available segments, guests can look forward to visiting many of the world’s most prized destinations and have opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures.”
The voyage will include 20 overnights and the ship will stay late into the evening in 21 ports, offering guests time to explore these destinations in depth. Among other highlights is the line’s visit to Egypt, which includes an overnight visit scheduled for Safaga (Luxor), as well as a stop at Sharm el-Sheikh.
There are three exclusive world cruise events planned for guests booked on the full 145-day voyage, as well as local shows, regional cuisines, and wines for all guests to enjoy as they sail. In addition, the World Cruise will include two of the line’s signature events available to all guests on a complimentary basis: a Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue at Ko Kood, Thailand; and “Evening at Ephesus” at Kusadasi, Turkey, featuring a private classical concert in the ancient ruins.
Some destination highlights include:
Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef and Queensland Coast: Guests can try “sand-tobogganing” on the world’s tallest dune, and marvel at the Whitsunday Islands. Two days in Cairns highlight the ship’s exploration of Queensland’s coast with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forests of Daintree National Park. Darwin in the Northern Territory provides two days of World War II history, jumping saltwater crocodiles and a glimpse of Aboriginal culture.
Marvels of Japan, Korea and China: Discover the islands of “Japan’s Caribbean” — Amami ringed with coral reefs and Okinawa’s ancient Shureimon Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in Kagoshima’s skyline, dominated by the snowcapped Sakurajima volcano, and contemplate Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Park. Overnight stays in Busan, South Korea and Nagasaki, Japan, transition to three full days in China’s luminous Yangtze River showplace, Shanghai.
Southeast Asian Treasures: Zhujiajian’s bridges preserve a medieval Chinese character hidden among Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. An overnight stay in Vietnam’s Halong Bay invites guests to experience the destination at every hour. Seabourn Sojourn sails right up the Saigon River to the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Ko Kood’swhite sand beach is the setting for the line’s Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue, with complimentary watersports for a day at the beach.
Egypt, Petra and the Suez Canal: The two-day visit at Safaga provides guests opportunities to explore Luxor’s sculptural colonnades and avenues, tour the temples of Luxor and Karnak with its Hypostyle Hall of carved lotus columns, and much more. Later, from Aqaba, discover the Nabatean city of Petra carved into the walls of a natural canyon.
The Holy Land and Aegean Empires: The two-day stay at Haifa is filled with UNESCO World Heritage landmarks of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Judea and Galilee, as well as the Bauhaus White City, markets and seaside promenades of Tel Aviv. The voyage comes to a close by tracing the roots of European history from Minoan Bronze-age Crete to the streets of Ephesus and onward to the symmetry of the Parthenon standing high atop modern Athens.
Seabourn is planning an array of optional shore excursions in more than 25 ports with designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of its official cruise partnership with UNESCO. The 2024 World Cruise will also feature a number of optional, mid-voyage overland excursions where guests will disembark at one port and rejoin the ship at another port, providing them with a more in-depth experience at certain destinations and sites such as the Luxor & the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, outback adventures in Australia, the Taj Mahal in India, UNESCO World Heritage sites in China and Cambodia, and more.
Guests who book the full 145-day voyage will receive complimentary benefits and amenities, including:
- Gala Bon Voyage dinner & overnight hotel stay prior to departure in Los Angeles
- Three exclusive World Cruise events
- Exclusive World Cruise President’s event
- Special World Cruise pillow gifts
Guests who book the full 145-day voyage by 31MAY 2023, will receive the above amenities, as well as the following additional benefits:
- Roundtrip air
- USD $2,000 Shipboard Credit per person for Oceanview and Veranda Suites
- USD $3,000 Shipboard Credit per person for Penthouse and Premium Suites
- Private car transfers door-to-door between home and airport
- Personal Valet luggage shipping service between home and ship in Los Angeles and Athens, Greece
- Unlimited laundry, dry cleaning and pressing on board
- Visa package for U.S. and Canadian citizens
- 50 per cent reduced deposit for U.S. and Canadian guests
In addition, the line is offering a 5 per cent discount for repeat full World Cruise guests. Guests who book either the full world cruise or segments and pay in full by 31MAY 2023, will receive an additional 3 per cent savings off the cruise-only fare. Certain restrictions apply.
For more information on Seabourn's 2024 World Cruise: Extraordinary Horizons, visit its web site.