Pamela Conover, President and Chief Executive, Yachts of Seabourn, speaks to Cruise International about prize liner the Seabourn Sojourn.
What are the main differences between Seabourn Sojourn and its sister ship, Seabourn odyssey?
The spa is different on Sojourn and we have changed the seats at the back of the theatre. There were highbacked booths but we have cut them down to give better sightlines. In the spa, we have taken out the thalassotherapy pool and replaced it with a Kneipp Walk pool because we felt there were lots of whirlpools already on the ship, and we wanted to provide something different and create a serene atmosphere.
Do you think it’s a good thing that the new Seabourn ships are so similar?
It is our philosophy at Seabourn – which we did with Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn legend – to have all the ships the same. This means that when a guest walks on board, they immediately feel like they could be on any one of our ships because it is familiar.
How have Seabourn customers taken to the new ships?
The response from guests has been brilliant. They have particularly liked the dining options, the space on board and especially in the pool area, the balconies and the spa. Seabourn square has been a real winner and become the social heart of the ship. It is full from the early morning until late at night.
Have the new ships changed Seabourn’s customer demographic?
The facilities they offer appeal to a younger demographic as you need a state-of- the-art spa, fitness facility and gym to have that. as a result, the average age of our guests has gone down by around 10 per cent from just over 60 years to the mid-50s.