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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for June 2024 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Seabourn Venture ~ arriving at Poole - May 2024  

When Seabourn Venture called at Poole on 10th May our ~Ships~Dorset~ contributor Fraser Hockey was up bright and early to capture the first photo of the ship as she made her arrival through Poole Harbour’s Main Channel and a second view as she approached her South Quay berth amidst early morning ferry movements. Seabourn Cruise Line has been wholly owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998, yet Seabourn Venture was the first expedition cruise ship to join the entire Carnival group of companies. 

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for June 2024 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Seabourn Venture ~ arriving at South Quay, Poole - May 2024  

The ship’s hull was built and launched from the CIMAR shipyard on the Marano Lagoon at the northern end of the Adriatic between Venice and Trieste. From there it was towed to the Mariotti yard in Genoa for fitting out and completion. Seabourn Venture was delivered to Seabourn Cruise Line in June 2022 built to a standard that enables it to operate in Antarctica & Arctic during local Summer and Autumn. It carries two submarines onboard each carry six passengers and a pilot plus 24 Zodiac RIBs.

Key Dimensions for Seabourn Venture … Gross Tonnage = 23,000 … Length = 172m … Beam = 24m … Propulsion = 2x 6MW ABB Azipods … Service speed = 18-22 knots … Capacity for 264 passengers in 132 cabins … Crew = 120 … Polar Class PC6 ... in service 2022.

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