Seabourn has revealed the remarkable design details of its second purpose-built expedition ship, Seabourn Pursuit, launching in August 2023. As fashioned by esteemed multi-disciplinary studio Tihany Design, Seabourn Pursuit is finely tuned with decorative details including lighter bedding accoutrements that align with its primary dedication to warm-water excursions in more tropical destinations. Suites will also provide lush blankets and fur pillows for the ship’s inaugural year explorations of Antarctica, running from late November 2023 to late March 2024.
“Seabourn Pursuit is our newest crown jewel, where guests will experience the perfect blend of ultra-luxury design combined with elevated expedition experiences,” said Seabourn President, Natalya Leahy. “While exploring remote locations around the world, our guests will immerse in a home-away-from-home designed with luxurious spaces in mind to reflect the natural beauty guests will experience aboard Seabourn Pursuit. This state-of-the-art expedition ship is truly a celebration of the creative energy and input of our design collaborator, Tihany Design, and we are proud to welcome Seabourn Pursuit to our ultra-luxury fleet.”
Seabourn Pursuit and its sister expedition vessel Seabourn Venture both feature a custom-made furniture collection developed by Tihany Product Design. Each piece is tailored to the character and experiential premise of each onboard space. The bespoke furniture line, produced by world-renowned Italian furniture manufacturer Roda, combines authentic Italian craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and innovation. These furnishings celebrate the quality and design of the tools and clothing used in exploration. Framed in wood and metal, pieces radiate a sense of luxurious handcrafted ruggedness with textured fabric and leather. These give an unmatched original identity to every corner of the ship across its nine decks and 132 oceanfront suites.
Suite details include custom-designed switches on the bedside light panel that appear vintage but are contemporary in function. Parchment-inspired wall panels are finished with digitally printed wall laminate material that mimics wood with alluring, granular detail. Heated flooring with wooden-look tiles; carpeting designed with organic shapes; and furniture with wood frames, exposed rivets, and bronze inlays further the immersion. The duplex Wintergarden and Grand Wintergarden Suites feature a sculptural staircase leading to the bedroom, and advanced technology including a roll-up, tuck-away TV to preserve seamless views spanning two decks.
Noteworthy design details continue in public areas throughout Seabourn Pursuit. The Discovery Centre, for instance, has an academic, enriching environment inspired by the landscape of Antarctica. Its design incorporates a natural colour palette and organic shapes of topography maps that play off the elegant curves of plush custom seating and a unique textured liquid metal wall covering.
Combining exploration and respite
Within the comfortable and engaging Expedition Lounge, two fireplaces producing lifelike water vapor flames and a vintage map on an etched glass partition combine to create an enchanting ambience that calls to the memories of past adventures. Custom furniture designed with warm natural materials and textures creates an inviting and tactile space while echoing the sense of quality and craftsmanship of the instruments and tools of early explorers.
The inviting Seabourn Square is the living room of the ship. The space offers a variety of outdoor settings for guests to relax in comfort and enjoy views aided by fixed Swarovski telescopes. Wood-backed scalloped banquettes and Tihany Product Design lounge chairs encircle live edge wood coffee and side tables, creating intimate gathering spaces. Wrapped in riveted leather wall panels, the room is topped with an overlapping circular panel ceiling, adding dimension, and recalling the symmetrical composition of a compass. The Argyle-influenced carpet pattern adds warmth, and thoughtfully curated bookshelves, expedition art and accessories paint the picture of an explorer’s private home decked out with mementos and discoveries.
Ultra-luxury gathering spaces
The overall design scheme of Seabourn Pursuit balances exploration with comfort and luxury. Guests are encouraged to relax and enjoy downtime following daily adventures off ship with interiors that carefully integrate light and space, a warm colour palette, and natural fibres. Different areas work together to optimize smooth passenger flow, inspiring a sense of ease throughout.
The Atrium connects all guest-area decks via an elegant staircase with a sky-lit space complete with wood and metal finishes with details including rhythmically placed rope work and a topography-inspired liquid metal wall treatment. The diamond-shaped floor pattern emphasizes a captivating artwork created at the base of the space.
The Landing Zone
The Landing Zone is the ship’s utility space where guests change, clean, and store boots and gear following excursions. Reimagined by Tihany Design as a comfortable setting of sleek, modern design, the Landing Zone combines a durable material palette of floor tile, wood, and metal details with rivet accents. Together, these evoke both the characteristics of luggage and the crew’s orange-tinged uniforms.
The Bow Lounge
The Bow Lounge on Deck 6 provides the closest access to the water via the foredeck, making it a prime destination to watch for marine life. Comfortable and engaging, the lounge is designed to mimic elements of the Captain’s bridge. Notable features include expansive windows and interactive monitors displaying updated information about the day at sea. Touch screens offer a live map, weather information and more.
The Constellation Lounge
The Constellation Lounge offers stunning, 270-degree views as far as guests’ eyes can see. Set on the top deck, its intimate interior is an ode to constellations, with a dark blue and red palette accented by silver and bronze metals. Intricate stone floors and lighting that generates a shimmering star-like pattern across the ceiling pay homage to the night sky. A central bar is fashioned from faceted metal and stone and illuminated by a unique diamond-shaped lighting cove. Velvet banquettes and sling-back chairs by Tihany Design create a seductive and relaxed environment for enjoying live music.
The Club features expansive windows, making it an ideal spot to watch the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Fashioned with design touches using brilliant hues of blue and green inspired by the deep-sea and unique art displays, The Club has an impressive water-vapour fireplace set like buried treasure at the centre of the venue. The Club also boasts a dedicated stage and dance floor for live performances.
Spa & Wellness
Seabourn Pursuit’s Spa & Wellness integrates the design concept of a contemporary “floating forest”. Nature inspired design details include a tree-inspired textured art mural, light wood and bronze material palette, and reception done up with live wood features. The fitness centre and yoga areas feature an open wall of floor-to-ceiling windows designed for enjoying striking views.
The Restaurant merges bold lines and shapes with softness reminiscent of falling snow. Leather wall panelling comes to life with a unique three-dimensional diamond arrangement and visible stitching, while geometric carpeting in blue and purple surrounds a porcelain tile floor that recalls the natural sediment of a geode. Custom-designed dining chairs produced by renowned Italian furniture manufacturer Roda echo craftsmanship throughout the ship with rich burgundy leather, textured fabric seat back, exposed rivet details, and wood frame. A wine display encased in bronze framed glass will inspire conversation as sophisticated as its inventory.
The casual Colonnade dining space on Deck 5 takes inspiration from historic maritime design with a ceiling of riveted curved wood panels evoking the feel of a wooden hull of an early expedition ship, decorative metal plate details, wood flooring, and art displays of intricate nautical knots. Buffet stations feature three-dimensional textured tile and white stone countertops beneath a sleek copper ceiling. This creates the feeling of a working kitchen.
Ultra-luxury Seabourn currently operates a fleet of six modern ships with one under construction and is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, team members, and the people and communities our ships visit.
About Tihany Design
Tihany Design is a multidisciplinary, ever-evolving design atelier specializing in luxury hospitality, cruise, retail, residences, private clubs, yachting, spa and leisure. Led by Founder Adam D. Tihany (since 1978) and Managing Partner Alessia Genova, the firm thrives today as the visionary force behind stunning interiors around the globe; its diverse catalog of work resonates elevated personalization, timeless elegance and an authentic sense of place.
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