Monday, October 23, 2006

Seabourn Stretching Wings ...

Boomer Lures: Seabourn Cruise Line , division of Miami-based Carnival Corp. & plc, plans two more, ultra luxury ships, for delivery in spring 2009 and 2010, having signed a letter of intent with Genoa shipbuilder T. Mariotti S.p.A. The 32,000 GRT, 225-suite sisters (90% with private verandas) will cost $250 million each. Combined, they'll more than double Seabourn's current 634-berth fleet capacity. "Our brand has been experiencing more demand in the marketplace than we could fulfill for quite some time now," said Deborah L. Natansohn, Seabourn president. "The new ships will allow us to bring the unique Seabourn experience to [the] active baby boomer generation." The spacious, sleek vessels, she says, will have the feel of oversized yachts. Specs call for 650-feet hulls, 84-foot beams, and 21-foot drafts, powering by diesel-generated electricity, with twin screw props, and service speed of 19 knots. With pairs of bow thrusters and stabilizers, each ship also will be "green," with advanced wastewater treatment. For details, call 800-929-9391.

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