Here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida there is reason to be excited – and it goes beyond the warm temperatures and soothing ocean breeze. The Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 conference kicked off yesterday at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre, and the results are in: it’s a great time to be a cruiser.

Seabourn Sojourn will sail Seabourn’s first voyages to Alaska in 15 years – and the luxury line is pulling out all the stops. Photo courtesy of Seabourn.

CLIA estimates that over 25 million of us will take a cruise this year. What’s really remarkable about that figure is that it has increased over 60 percent since 2007. I don’t know about you, but I remember cruising in 2007 and thinking that it was pretty darn popular back then. That cruises, as vacation choice, have seen such a massive increase in popularity over the last decade is nothing short of extraordinary. But it’s not just big ships bringing cruisers in: luxury, expedition and river cruising are playing a huge role in attracting first-time passengers.
Take, for instance, luxury line Seabourn. The line just took delivery of the striking new Seabourn Encore at the start of this year, and the ship is booked nearly to capacity for much of the 2017 cruise season. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, she is the ideal evolution of Seabourn’s existing fleet, with graceful lines, no more than 300 suites, and masterful interior décor that is at once traditional and modern in the same breath. Essentially, Seabourn is making small-ship luxury cruising sexy again.

Seabourn Square reflects Seabourn Sojourn’s classic yet modern styling. Photo courtesy of Seabourn.

But it goes beyond that: Seabourn is also returning to Alaska for the first time this year. Leading the way: the sleek, 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn, which will operate cruises spanning 11 to 25 days in length that depart from Vancouver, Canada or Seward, Alaska. These aren’t your average cruise itineraries: guests can visit Wrangell, Alaska, with its incredible Petroglyph Beach; or step ashore in Alert Bay, British Columbia, known for its impressive collection of First Nations totem poles.
That would have been enough to attract cruisers back to the region with Seabourn, but the line took things one step further. And then another. And then another still.
In Alaska, Seabourn is offering Ventures by Seabourn – sea kayak or Zodiac raft tours that allows guests to explore the wilderness of Alaska up-close, led by Seabourn Encore’s top-notch Expedition Team.

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