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Seabourn Sells Seabourn Odyssey to MOL

Seabourn Sells Seabourn Odyssey to MOL

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has sold the 450-passenger Seabourn Odyssey to Japanese company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL).

On March 16, 2023, Seabourn announced the sale of its cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL). MOL, which is headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the largest shipping companies in the world.

Following the sale, Seabourn will continue to operate all published voyages through August 22, 2024. under a charter arrangement. Seabourn Odyssey will be delivered to MOL in September.

Saying farewell to Seabourn Odyssey

“We are proud that Seabourn Odyssey carried our guests across the world for the last 14 years and are happy to see her join a great company, MOL,” said Seabourn president Natalya Leahy.

Seabourn has announced the sale of its cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey to Japanese shipping company MOL (image courtesy of Seabourn)

“As we prepare to say farewell to Odyssey in September 2024, I am excited to further optimize our fleet as we grow our expedition business. With the addition of Seabourn Pursuit this summer, Seabourn will have one of the most modern fleets in the ultra-luxury segment with an average age of just seven years,” Leahy continued.

What’s next for Seabourn

Seabourn says that its expansion into the ultra-luxury expedition cruise market will allow for a more diverse offering of deployment opportunities. The company promises new and exciting itineraries across all seven continents with a higher guest capacity compared to 2019—even after Odyssey‘s departure.

Related: What Is an Expedition Cruise (and Why You Should Consider One)

“With this elite, modern fleet, Seabourn continues as the leader in ultra-luxury travel, providing highly curated and immersive experiences and unique ‘Seabourn Moments‘ for our guests,” Leahy explained.

The cruise line’s fleet includes two new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships—Seabourn Venture which launched in 2022 and Seabourn Pursuit, scheduled to enter service in 2023.

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How do you feel about Seabourn selling Seabourn Odyssey? Are you excited that the company is focusing on expedition cruising, or do you prefer their traditional cruise experience? Let me know in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen