Seabourn Venture Review

Seabourn Venture is an ultra-luxury expedition cruise ship that can take you to some of the most exotic places on Earth.

Cruise Mummy with a warm smile, wearing a black jacket, takes a selfie with the large, green-hulled Seabourn Venture cruise ship in the background. The ship's multiple decks are visible, along with its name clearly printed on the side. In the foreground, a few people can be seen walking near the docked ship under a cloudy sky.

I was lucky enough to be invited step on board for the day and enjoy a full tour of the ship along with lunch. So, let’s take a deck-by-deck tour of this ship

Deck 3

Lets start down on the lowest deck, where you’ll find the most exciting features of this ship: the submarines.

There are two subs on board, each seating 6 guests and costing around $5 million dollars to build.

Inside the Seabourn Venture, a sleek white and black submarine is stationed, ready for underwater exploration. This modern submersible features a prominent, clear spherical cabin for viewing, aimed to offer guests an immersive ocean experience. Also visible are safety gear and another submarine in the background, emphasizing the ship's focus on unique guest adventures.

Submarine rides cost around $1,000 per guest, but if you want to venture down 1,000 feet to explore the ocean floor in style, this is the ultimate way to do it.

Also on deck 3 is access to the 24 Zodiac boats that take guests out on wildlife spotting expeditions and to shore. There are also kayaks, scuba gear, snorkels and fins that you can hire for free.

On the deck of the Seabourn Venture, several large black Zodiac boats are lined up, each secured and ready for deployment. These boats, essential for shore excursions and close-up wildlife viewing, are arranged neatly against the backdrop of a cloudy sky. A crew member is seen working on one of the boats, emphasizing the ongoing preparations for guest activities.

You’ll also find the boot room with a cubby hole for each cabin. Each guest is given a pair of boots.

Inside the Seabourn Venture, a neatly organized boot room features rows of black rubber boots, each pair stored in individual compartments labeled with numbers. This room is essential for equipping guests with the necessary footwear for wet landings and rugged terrain during shore excursions. The combination of wood paneling and metal storage units adds a sleek, functional aesthetic to the space.

I love how Seabourn has thought of every little detail and here’s an example of that…

The boots have a little bump on the back, and the seats have been made with a ledge underneath that makes it really easy for people to take off the boots without bending down.

Deck 4

Seabourn Venture’s main dining room is simply called The Restaurant. It’s big enough to accommodate every guest on the ship at the same time, although this is a small ship so that’s only 264 people.

The main dining room on the Seabourn Venture exudes elegance and sophistication with its spacious layout. The room is arranged with neatly set round and rectangular tables, adorned with white tablecloths, fine china, and yellow floral centerpieces. The stylish decor includes plush blue and cream chairs, patterned carpet flooring, and modern geometric lighting, creating an inviting atmosphere for dining with views of the ocean through large windows.

Here you can enjoy fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My meal was gorgeous and it even came with flowers on top. I ate one, and I’m not convinced that I was meant to. It tasted like a flower.

Also on this deck is the Discovery Centre where guests can enjoy a rich programme of lectures about the history and culture of the places they’ll visit.

The Discovery Centre on the Seabourn Venture is designed as an elegant lecture hall where guests can attend educational talks and briefings. The room features tiered seating with plush green chairs, stylish wooden accents, and a modern wavy-patterned carpet. At the front, a large screen flanked by "Seabourn Expeditions" branding panels sets the stage for immersive learning experiences about the destinations the ship visits.

And in the heart of the ship is the Expedition Lounge, where you can sit and relax with a drink by the fire. All of the drinks are included, of course.

The Expedition Lounge on the Seabourn Venture is designed as a sophisticated and inviting space for relaxation and socializing. The lounge is outfitted with plush, light-colored armchairs and sofas grouped around sleek glass coffee tables, creating a comfortable environment for guests. Ambient lighting from elegant wooden panels and overhead geometric lights enhances the warmth of the space. Additionally, large screens displaying oceanic and map visuals provide an immersive backdrop, complementing the exploratory theme of the lounge.

The atrium of this ship is beautiful. It has a skylight at the top and a staircase that goes to every deck. At the bottom is this incredible sculpture which is made from recycled plastic that has been reclaimed from the ocean.

A striking sculpture displayed aboard the Seabourn Venture, beautifully crafted from recycled plastic. The artwork is a large, faceted piece, resembling a gemstone with rich purple and pink hues set in a rugged black base. The sculpture not only serves as an eye-catching centerpiece but also emphasizes the ship's commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability. Its placement in a well-lit area with artistic backdrops enhances its visual impact and draws attention to its intricate details.

Deck 5

At the back of deck 5 there’s an infinity pool and two spacious hot tubs. This is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the sunshine on a warm-weather cruise. 

Cruise Mummy stands on the deck of the Seabourn Venture, smiling in front of the ship's inviting infinity pool and two spacious hot tubs. The wooden deck curves around the water features, which are accentuated by elegant metal railings and sophisticated deck furniture, including plush towels and a geometric lantern. The port setting in the background, with its industrial cranes and docks, contrasts with the luxurious and serene ambiance of the ship’s outdoor relaxation area.

There’s also an outdoor seating area with a bar and a restaurant that’s open for a more casual breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A sophisticated bar and restaurant area aboard the Seabourn Venture, featuring a warmly lit wooden bar counter lined with high stools and a dining area with elegantly set tables. The outdoor setting allows for natural light and views of the port, while the retractable roof overhead can adjust to various weather conditions. The combination of modern design and classic nautical elements creates a welcoming ambiance for guests to enjoy meals and drinks in an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere.

Here’s today’s lunch menu….

The lunch menu showcases a variety of dining options available on the Seabourn Venture, catering to diverse tastes and dietary preferences. Today's specials are highlighted at the top, suggesting daily variations, with a section below dedicated to "Classics." The classics include all-beef hot dogs, cheeseburgers (available as a cooked-to-order option), hamburgers, vegan roasted chicken breast, pan-fried minute steak of beef with herb butter, grilled fillet of salmon, and penne pasta with plum tomato sauce and vegan Bolognese. The menu notes that all classic dishes are served with French fries or gluten-free fries, accommodating different dietary needs with symbols indicating vegetarian, vegan, no sugar added, and gluten-free options.

At night there’s live music like opera under the stars and an officer’s deck party.

If we head inside there’s a decent-sized buffet with plenty of options to suit all tastes. 

The buffet area on the Seabourn Venture is elegantly set up with a round wooden table at the forefront, surrounded by plush green chairs. The table is neatly laid with white plates, silverware, and cloth napkins accented with yellow, matching the cheerful orange flower centerpiece. In the background, similar tables are visible, creating a harmonious dining environment. The overall setting combines comfort with refined design, ideal for guests enjoying their meals while taking in the panoramic views from the large windows surrounding the dining area.

There’s even an Italian gelato truck if you’d like a sweet treat after dinner.

Onboard the Seabourn Venture, a charming Italian gelato cart adds a sweet touch to the dining options. This vintage-style cart, painted in soft pastel green with a beige canopy, is equipped with a glass cover revealing a tempting assortment of gelato flavors. Parked within the buffet area, it offers a delightful treat for guests, enhancing their culinary experience with a taste of Italy. The warm ambient lighting and chic backdrop of the dining area create a cozy atmosphere for enjoying this classic dessert.

Deck 6

On deck 6 you’ll find more sun loungers and comfy outdoor seating. The outside area was lovely and warm even on a cold day because it has heaters in the ceiling. 

Inside you’ll find a ‘living room’ style area which has concierge services, the library, a cafe and places to relax.

The 'living room' style area aboard the Seabourn Venture, designed to provide a cozy and inviting ambiance. The space is elegantly appointed with a variety of seating options, including high stools at the cafe, plush green and mustard armchairs, and wooden chairs grouped around small tables. The area is highlighted by soft, circular lighting overhead and stylish decor elements such as modern art pieces framed on the walls. This setup creates a relaxed, social atmosphere where guests can enjoy drinks, converse, or simply unwind during their voyage.

At the very front of deck six is the bow lounge, which is also known as the guest bridge. This space mimics the captain’s bridge with lots of instruments and interactive screens displaying current information about the day at sea.

Sophisticated bow lounge on the Seabourn Venture, which features a modern informational setup. This area is equipped with multiple screens displaying navigational charts, ship statistics, and other data relevant to the cruise's current location and conditions. The lounge offers guests the opportunity to stay informed about their journey in real-time while enjoying the comfort of the venue. The panoramic windows provide ample natural light and a view of the ship's surroundings, enhancing the space's open and airy feel. This setup combines functionality with aesthetic appeal, making it a prime spot for relaxation and learning onboard.

There’s information to help you spot wildlife. When you do spot an interesting animal you can head outside for a closer look.

Expansive outdoor deck area on the Seabourn Venture, showcasing a wide, open space with a sleek wooden floor that sets a luxurious tone. The deck surrounds the ship's navigation bridge, which is visible in the center with its large, circular structure filled with windows for panoramic viewing. The deck provides ample room for guests to stroll, relax, and take in views of the port under a vast, cloudy sky, highlighting the ship’s robust and stylish design. This area is ideal for enjoying the fresh air and scenery during the voyage.

Deck 7

Deck 7 on Seabourn Venture has the spa and wellness centre which has a yoga room as well as good sized gym.

Well-equipped gym aboard the Seabourn Venture, featuring a range of modern fitness equipment. The gym is outfitted with several treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and weight benches, all positioned to provide views through large panoramic windows. The space is bright and airy, thanks to ample natural light and a refined interior design with sleek metal columns and warm, ambient lighting. This setup invites guests to maintain their fitness routines while enjoying the scenic backdrop of their travel destinations.

Deck 8

Deck 8 on Seabourn Venure has cabins, as well as the bridge.

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find that on decks 5, 6, 7 and 8. Every room on this ship is a suite with a balcony. 

The entry-level is this Verandah Suite…

The elegant Verandah Suite on the Seabourn Venture, designed to provide a luxurious and comfortable accommodation experience. The suite features a large, plush king-sized bed with stylish bedding and decorative pillows. A cozy seating area near the window includes a sofa and a coffee table, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the view. The room is tastefully decorated with neutral tones, textured walls, and modern furnishings, creating a sophisticated ambiance. Large sliding glass doors lead to a private verandah, offering guests beautiful views of the port and the opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze.

At the mid-range, we have the Penthouse Suite… 

The top suites are the Grand Wintergarden Suites, which have two stories, floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate sleeping loft above the living area.

Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy a selection of Molton Brown toiletries. 

A collection of Molton Brown toiletries provided on the Seabourn Venture, adding a touch of luxury to the guests' experience. The selection includes four elegantly designed bottles: Relaxing Ylang-Ylang, Heavenly Gingerlily, Orange & Bergamot, and Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea bath and shower gels. These premium products are known for their delightful fragrances and quality ingredients, enhancing the pampering experience aboard the ship. Displayed on a sleek surface, these toiletries reflect the ship's commitment to offering high-end amenities to its guests.

As this is an expedition ship, each suite also comes equipped with heated wardrobes for drying and storing your expedition gear, including the complimentary Helly Hansen jacket which is yours to keep.

Deck 9

At the aft of deck 9 is The Club, a great place to gather before or after dinner to listen to live music.

The Club on the Seabourn Venture, which is styled as a chic and cozy lounge area perfect for relaxation and social gatherings. The space features modern, comfortable seating in vibrant orange and neutral tones, complemented by stylish, barrel-shaped wooden tables. A prominent feature is the elegant, central fireplace, adding a warm and inviting ambiance. The design is completed with a dynamic, patterned carpet and wood paneling, creating a sophisticated yet welcoming environment for guests to enjoy leisure time or evening cocktails.

There’s also an outdoor bar area. And if you happen to have forgotten your sun cream, Seabourn really does take care of everything for you!

A thoughtful arrangement of sun protection products on the Seabourn Venture, ensuring guests are well-prepared for sunny days during their cruise. Displayed in a wicker basket on a marble countertop, the setup includes bottles of sunscreen with varying SPF levels, an after-sun aloe gel, and fresh white towels for added convenience. This practical setup is placed near a wooden wall with a porthole, emphasizing the ship's nautical theme and attention to guest comfort and care.

There are two more hot tubs here, and two on the deck below for a total of six, which is quite a lot for such a small ship!

A luxurious hot tub on the deck of the Seabourn Venture, providing an inviting relaxation spot for guests. The hot tub is set within a beautifully crafted wooden structure with elegant curves and steps, facilitating easy access. Stainless steel railings add a touch of modernity and ensure safety. Positioned on the upper deck, the hot tub offers panoramic views of the port and the surrounding industrial landscape, allowing guests to unwind in warm waters while soaking in the sights. This setting perfectly combines relaxation with scenic indulgence, enhancing the cruising experience.

The highest indoor viewing point on Seabourn Venture is the Constellation Lounge which has stunning 270-degree views accompanied by live music.

Constellation Lounge aboard the Seabourn Venture, a spacious and elegantly appointed area designed for relaxation and socializing. The lounge is furnished with plush seating options including velvet sofas and leather armchairs, arranged around sleek coffee tables. Rich wooden paneling adds warmth to the space, while the large windows offer abundant natural light and panoramic views of the port outside. This lounge provides an inviting atmosphere where guests can gather to enjoy drinks, conversation, and the beautiful scenery as they cruise. The decor, highlighted by a tasteful marine-themed carpet, enhances the nautical vibe of the ship.

To conclude

I think you’ll agree that this ship is truly stunning, but what’s even more impressive is the destinations she visits and the world-class expedition team who deliver immersive experiences in the world’s most remote destinations.

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Included expedition experiences that you might enjoy include:

  • Caviar on Ice – Indulge in exquisite caviar while surrounded by glaciers on the top deck of the ship or onboard your Zodiac boat
  • Champagne Zodiac – As you return to the ship from your Zodiac cruise, another Zodia may appear from behind an iceberg, bringing Champagne!
  • Polar Plunge – Take a shot of whiskey, jump from the ship into the icy ocean andn then enjoy a cup of hot cocoa to warm up
  • Kuri Bay Pearl Reveal – Witness the delicate opening of an oyster to unveil the gleaming pearl within

If you’re interested in a luxury expedition cruise, it’s fair to say that Seabourn offers one of the very best options for you to consider.

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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.

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