[% 11070 | | Seabourn %] has named its first new ship in years. The all-suite, 450-guest Seabourn Odyssey will make its debut in Venice in 2009. The ship will be three times the size of Seabourn’s current ships and carry twice as many guests.
Given the mounting excitement over this new luxury vessel, Seabourn has devised an innovative reservations structure for this ship as plans for its inaugural season are firmed up. Cruisers can reserve a spot on a waitlist by making a deposit of $1,000 per person ($2,000 for the Odyssey’s maiden voyage).
When Seabourn publishes the ship’s schedule at the end of 2007, people on the waiting list will have first dibs on booking a cruise. Guests booked on a 2007 or 2008 Seabourn cruise will get top priority, followed by past guests then first-time Seabourn cruisers. After that, bookings will be available to the general public.
If you’d like to get on the Odyssey’s waitlist, Seabourn is accepting deposits now. Just remember, if you’re a first-time Seabourn cruiser, you may not be able to book your first-choice cabin or itinerary if many past guests also pay to put their names on the list.