Seabourn’s luxury 140-day world cruise that costs at least $67,000 is selling fast – see what the 2023 trip will be like

The Seabourn Sojourn.
The Seabourn Sojourn.

  • Seabourn opened bookings for its “2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries” trip on February 12.
  • The 140-day cruise will bring passengers to 61 destinations across 32 countries.
  • Some suites have already sold out, and demand is up compared to Seabourn’s 2020 to 2022 world cruises.
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Customers are scrambling to book Seabourn’s 2023 world cruise after the luxury cruise line debuted the 140-day trip earlier this month.

Seabourn Cruise Line – owned by Carnival – first began accepting bookings for its “2023 World Cruise: Extraordinary Discoveries” on February 12. Since then, the cruise’s penthouse spa and premium suites have sold out, a Seabourn spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.

And now, the cruise line is seeing more demand for the 2023 world cruise than it saw for its 2020, 2021, and 2022 world cruises from the same selling cycle.

This high demand for Seabourn’s future cruise signals a potential wider trend in travel. World cruises could become more popular after the COVID-19 pandemic is over because of pent up demand for travel. Similarly, when Oceania Cruises debuted its 2023 world cruise starting at $41,600 per person on January 27, the 180-day trip sold out within a day.

“Despite the challenges the world faces today, travelers are clearly bullish on the future and are embracing these new opportunities to travel the world,” Bob Binder, president and CEO of Oceania Cruises, said in a statement after its 2023 global cruise sold out.

Keep scrolling to see Seabourn’s 2023 sailing and some of its global destinations.

Seabourn’s global cruise aboard the Seabourn Sojourn will be setting sail from Miami, Florida on January 6, 2023.

The Seabourn Sojourn.
The Seabourn Sojourn.

The cruise will then bring passengers across the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Ocean to its final stop in Barcelona, Spain on May 27, 2023.

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Walvis Bay, Namibia.

In total, the 140-day cruise will hit 61 destinations across 32 countries and six continents.

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Cape Verde.

These destinations focus on places that “guests are likely not familiar with, but will love being able to explore,” Tim Littley, Seabourn’s senior director of global itinerary planning and product development, said in the press release.

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The Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea.

In total, the cruise will dock overnight in 10 cities and will have extended stays at 16 ports.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

Along the way, cruisers will get to see classic hotspots like Sydney, Australia, Cape Town, South Africa, and Lima, Peru.

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Lima, Peru.

The ship will also stop at “small hidden gems” like the Easter Island, Seychelles, and Papua New Guinea.

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The Easter Island.

Does 140 days out at sea seem too long for you? Potential cruisers who can’t hang around for the full trip can instead book one of Seabourn’s segmented stays for between 21 to 81 days.

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Casablanca, Morocco.

However, guests who book the full cruise will receive a list of perks, including unlimited laundry and internet.

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Barcelona, Spain.

Source: Seabourn

Rooms aboard the 229-suite ship start at $67,000 for an ocean view suite. This price then skyrockets to $190,000 for a stay in the owner’s suite.

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The Owners Suite.

Source: Seabourn

The ship has several amenities to keep passengers entertained while out at sea, including a card room, a salon, a gym, a club, and bars.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

And no luxury cruise is complete without a few pools, including whirlpools.

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The pool deck.

Hungry at sea? The Sojourn has several dining options, including an eatery by famed chef Thomas Keller.

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Thomas Keller’s The Grill aboard a different ship, the Seabourn Quest.

Seabourn also debuted another 2023 sailing – the 49-day “Grand Voyage: Grand Americas, Amazon, and Antarctica” – the same day as its world cruise.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

These sailings may seem far into the future, but planning for 2023 was a strategic move.

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The Seabourn Sojourn.

Many Seabourn customers have been asking for cruising options “further
into the future,” Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn, said in the press release.

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The aft pool.

“With the 2023 World Cruise and Grand Voyage, we open options well into 2023 for future planning,” Leibowitz said in the press release.

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The Dravuni Island in Fiji.

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British Airways has reportedly sent its most iconic jet since the Concorde to be scrapped. See inside the plane that shuttled VIP flyers between New York and London.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

  • British Airways is scrapping the all-business class jet that only served the London-New York route.
  • The Airbus A318 stretched only eight rows and was fitted with luxurious lie-flat seats. 
  • The flight used London’s smaller City Airport to directly connect the Big Apple with London’s financial district. 
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British Airways just dealt a blow to its premium customers as the airline is scrapping the all-business class aircraft formerly offered on the billion-dollar London-New York flagship route, Aviation Week reported.

The VIP-configured Airbus A318 aircraft was the only one of its kind in the British Airways fleet when its retirement was announced in July. The service boasted enhanced convenience and luxury to the business travelers that frequented the route and, with capacity for only 32 passengers, it was among the closest to a private jet in the airline world. 

British Airways used the service to solidify its place as the route’s go-to premium carrier, replacing the Concorde as the crown jewel of the airline’s transatlantic offering. The smaller and more exclusive A318 service catered to the airline’s top spenders with a direct link between New York City and London’s financial district. 

It was also a bucket list flight for many aviation enthusiasts since the A318 was already itself a rare aircraft on which to fly, let alone on a transatlantic journey and in an all-business class configuration. But the aircraft is no longer in British Airways’ fleet after being sent to be dismantled in the Netherlands, according to Aviation Week.

Take a look inside the most exclusive aircraft to connect New York and London since the Concorde.

Most people traveling between New York and London on British Airways before the pandemic found themselves either flying on a Boeing 747-400…

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A British Airways Boeing 747-400 at JFK Airport.

Or Boeing 777-200.

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A British Airways Boeing 777.

The two make up the majority of flights flying the $1 billion route between the two economic hubs but most don’t know about the third aircraft that flew British Airways’ top clients: the Airbus A318.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

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The smallest member of the Airbus A320 family, the A318 was a commercial flop for Airbus that only saw a handful of customers, mostly in Europe.

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An Airbus A318 aircraft in house colors.

The aircraft is out of production and though British Airways was among the last and smallest operators of the type, it made the aircraft an icon in transatlantic aviation by flying it between New York and London.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

While the thought of flying on a short-haul aircraft across the Atlantic may seem unappealing, there’s a catch to this aircraft in that it’s configured in an all-business class configuration.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Only 32 seats make up that sole premium cabin that’s spread out across eight rows.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

And though small in size, this A318 had no shortage of comfort as all rows featured business class seats with fully lie-flat capabilities. These seats are not found on similar aircraft.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Amenities and features at each seat standard for business class included a plush pillow and blanket kit from The White Company….

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Amenity kit from The White Company…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Foldable tray table…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Personal reading lamp…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Literature holder…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

110v AC power outlet…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Coat hangar…

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

And adjustable headrest.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Apple iPads were also distributed in lieu of seat-back entertainment screens.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Each row also had multiple windows for better views of the crossing during the day.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

Though the standard in business class is now enclosed private suites which the A318 didn’t offer, a small divider separated the paired seats for an additional morsel of privacy.

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Only three flight attendants serviced the passengers, providing a full business class meal service and drinks for the 3,000-nautical mile journey.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

The seats were controlled via the armrest, with numerous customizable positions.

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The lie-flat capability of the seats was ideal for the evening red-eye flight from New York to London, allowing business travelers to get a comfortable full night’s rest and head straight to work or meetings the next morning.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

British Airways frequently saw passengers arriving in New York and London only to return within the next 24 hours, with the near downtown-to-downtown service allowing for a quick and luxurious in-and-out of the world’s top business centers.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

While not the most modern business class product, the service as a whole made the Airbus A318 the aircraft of choice for those who could afford it when flying between London and New York.

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And with only eight rows and 32 seats, the aircraft felt more like a private jet than a commercial airliner. Case in point, the flight before my visit in March 2020 only had five passengers on board.

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Inside a British Airways Airbus A318.

As the aircraft couldn’t make it from London to New York nonstop – even with the reduced passenger load – it made a stop in Shannon, Ireland for fuel, where it also cleared US Customs and Border Protection.

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A US Customs and Border Protection agent.

Upon landing in New York, passengers onboard BA1 arrived in the terminal as they would if it were a domestic flight, with no further passport checks required.

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Terminal 7 at JFK International Airport.

British Airways only had one A318 in its fleet, G-EUNA, which solely flew this route.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

Designed with business travelers in mind, the aircraft flew every day of the week except Saturdays.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

It was intended to fill the gap left by the Concorde in 2003, with the A318’s first flight occurring in 2009.

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A British Airways Concorde aircraft.

G-EUNA flew the flag on British Airways’ flagship route wearing either the flight number BA1 or BA2 – depending on which direction it was flying – for 11 years before the coronavirus pandemic ended its tenure permanently in July.

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

Though not as fast as Concorde, the service was nearly every bit as exclusive, earning the nickname “Concorde’s baby sister.”

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A British Airways Airbus A318 aircraft.

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