[% 11070 | | Seabourn’s %] fleet will double in size by 2011, now that the line has announced plans for a third new ship. A year ago, the luxury cruise line revealed its intention to build [% 1612602 | | two 450-passenger ships %]. With fares for the Seabourn Odyssey’s [% 2450069 | | inaugural season %] ranging from $1,290 to $7,035 per night, it’s no wonder Seabourn has decided to order a third ship.
The new ship is scheduled to launch in summer 2011. It will be a sister to the Odyssey and the yet-unnamed second vessel, featuring 225 suites, most of which will have balconies. All three new-builds will combine Seabourn’s yacht-like atmosphere and personalized service with the amenities of a larger ship.
With both Seabourn and rival [% 2331838 | | Silversea %] adding several new ships to their fleets over the coming years, I’m interested to see if there are enough people willing to pay thousands of dollars for a luxury cruise vacation to fill all of these staterooms. If Seabourn’s predictions are correct, there will be.