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Seabourn Cruise Line

***Important Policy Information***

Cruise Restart Policies as of June 16, 2021

Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line, continues to work with various government and port officials to develop plans for a full return to cruising. As a result of the current environment and travel restrictions that remain in place, the brand is updating travelers on the restart dates for the five ships currently in its fleet.

Based on these latest revisions, the Seabourn fleet restart is now planned as follows:

Seabourn Ovation – July 3, departing from Athens, Greece to operate in the Greek Isles

Seabourn Odyssey – July 18, departing from Bridgetown, Barbados to operate in the Southern Caribbean

Seabourn Quest – November 7, departing from Miami to begin the Antarctica season

Seabourn Sojourn – January 11, 2022, departing from Los Angeles to begin the World Cruise

Seabourn Encore – April 17, 2022, departing from Athens, Greece

See our Seabourn Restart page for details and rates.

Will I need to be vaccinated?

The cruises are open to any guests that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means a minimum of 14 days following the final dose of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccines being administered.

Will I need to wear a mask onboard?

When physical distancing can’t be maintained, or when mandated by public health authorities, masks will be required on board, at private islands, and during shore excursions. Masks must be worn in terminals, during embarkation and disembarkation.

Before you book - Flexible Booking Policy

Option #1: Guests may transfer their booking to one of Seabourn Ovation's 2021 Summer in Greece itineraries. Bookings will transfer at their current rate with promotions and incentives protected, and if the cruise length is different than their current booking, we will calculate the new booking based on their current per-day fare.

Option#2: Guests may transfer their booking to a comparable 2022 Mediterranean voyage at their current fare (or recalculated at their current per-day fare if the cruise length is different), with promotions and incentives protected. Based on their current cruise length and itinerary, guests may have multiple options to choose from while protecting their 2021 fare. See a chart of the replacement voyage(s) available based on their current voyages.

Option#3: Guests may choose a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to use on a future Seabourn voyage. The FCC will equal the amount paid to Seabourn, up to their base cruise fare, plus a 10% Bonus Future Cruise Credit. These credits may be used on any sailing booked by and sailing by December 31, 2022. Pre-paid shore excursions will be refunded, and non-cruise fare purchases such as gifts and spa may be transferred to the new booking or refunded to the original form of payment.

Option#4: Guests may decline to transfer their booking and the bonus Future Cruise Credits, and request a 100% refund of all monies paid to Seabourn to be reimbursed to the original form of payment.

All guests should advise us of their choice by completing the Cancellation Preferences Form before July 31, 2021. The form will give you the options to transfer to any summer 2021 cruise on Seabourn Ovation, transfer to a comparable 2022 Mediterranean cruise, receive bonus Future Cruise Credits, or request a full refund of all monies paid. Refunds will be reimbursed to the original form of payment and will include all non-cruise fare purchases.

Please note that if you elect to receive bonus Future Cruise Credits (FCCs) or a refund, they will not protect your 2021 rate, incentives or promotional items should you later choose to book a comparable voyage in 2022. If any portion of the fare was paid using a previously issued FCC, that credit will be returned to the guest's Seabourn Club Account and the amount will be deducted from the calculations or refund laid out above. These credits will now be valid for sailings booked by and departing through December 31, 2022 to give maximum flexibility to use these FCCs.

Paused Sailings

Seabourn is maintaining its optimism for the ultimate restart of travel while, in the meantime, continuing to take a practical approach in extending its current operational pause. As a result of the current environment, the brand is cancelling a series of select 2021 Europe departures.

The cancellation announcement applies differently by ship. Voyages affected include:

  • Seabourn Sojourn, with its next scheduled departure now set for July 3, 2021
  • Seabourn Quest, with its next scheduled departure now set for November 7, 2021

Guests with bookings affected by this announcement are being given as much notice as possible to provide them with greater clarity around their travel plans.

Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will not sail in Asia, Arabia or Australia for the 2021-2022 fall or winter/spring seasons due to continuing limitations in travel throughout those regions. As such, the brand is cancelling select departures on Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation between September 1, 2021 – April 26, 2022 to align with the overall restart plan.

Following the summer season in the Greek Isles, Seabourn Ovation will now sail a selection of departures originally scheduled to operate on Seabourn Sojourn from Oct. 9 - December 21, 2021. The ship will then begin the new year by operating 12 brand-new sailings in the Caribbean/Panama Canal and Europe from January through May 2022 before resuming its originally planned deployment in the Western Mediterranean. These new Seabourn Ovation sailings will be open for booking on July 8, 2021. This will be the first time Seabourn Ovation will call on the United States.

Health and Safety Protocols

Seabourn is in the process of finalizing all required COVID-19 protocols for guests. Below are the measures currently planned, which are subject to change as further details are established. They will be updated in accordance with guidance from public health authorities.


All guests should carefully review pre-booking and pre-travel health advice from Seabourn and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Enhanced Health Screening

They’re taking steps to implement COVID-19 appropriate pre-embarkation screening, including:

  • Mandatory enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings, and completion of required documentation – including health questionnaires, Passage Contract, and COVID-19 Risk Acceptance – to be completed no later than 24 hours prior to sailing. Guests who do not complete the required documentation will not be permitted to board.
  • They will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board.
  • Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) when necessary
  • Contract tracing is planned for every cruise

Responsible Physical Distancing

Across the fleet they’re making it easier to practice physical distancing by managing the timing, size and flow of groups in onboard venues and for events and helping you make informed decisions about what to do on board. Entertainment programs and restaurants will be designed to enhance physical distancing.

Physical distancing will be maintained throughout check-in and embarkation, and will be required in terminals, on board ships, on private islands, and during shore excursions.


When physical distancing can’t be maintained, or when mandated by public health authorities, masks will be required on board, at private islands, and during shore excursions. Masks must be worn in terminals, during embarkation and disembarkation.

Enhanced Environmental Sanitization

Public areas and staterooms will be thoroughly and more frequently cleaned using a safe disinfectant proven to kill coronaviruses.

Medical Care

Their highly-trained medical staff includes doctors and nurses capable of caring for a broad range of medical conditions, including dealing with COVID-19 patients. Medical centers will be equipped with COVID appropriate testing and treatment capabilities. All team members will be required to wear Seabourn-approved face masks.


Ships will feature enhanced air filtration with upgraded HVAC systems. These systems will be designed to replace air within public spaces and staterooms every five to six minutes. HEPA filters will be used in key areas, such as medical centers and dedicated isolation rooms, as a further safeguard.

For more information call yourPERX Vacation Consultant at 1-888-737-9266