Seabourn Ovation, part of Carnival Corporation’s ultra-luxury cruise brand, has a new home in Miami for the winter cruise season.
It’s the first time the high-end cruise ship, whose suites average $ 1,000 a night, have left Miami. The ship was completed in May 2018 with the intention of being stationed from Australia during the winter months. But the pandemic has changed that.
“With Australia and most of Asia still closed, we decided to base the ship in Miami this winter – after all, this is the cruise capital of the world,” said Josh Leibowitz, President of Seabourn.
The Seabourn Ovation travels to remote corners such as Patagonia, the Baltic States, the Arctic and the Amazon, but opts for two routes in North America due to many international travel restrictions. The ship’s winter cruise routes include a one-way cruise to Los Angeles that passes through the Panama Canal and a Caribbean route that begins and ends in Miami.
For a standard veranda suite, prices range from $ 4,929 for the 11-day Caribbean cruise to $ 17,000 for the Panama Canal Caribbean and Mexico cruise.
The 690-foot ship has only 300 suites for 600 passengers, making it one of the highest room-to-guest ratios on cruises. Each suite has a private veranda, whereby standard suites with a size of 251 square meters and penthouse suites with up to 539 square meters as well as a veranda of up to 60 square meters are equipped with amenities such as a bathtub and a walk-in closet. The largest suite on board offers 1,306 square meters of interior space.
“This is a seven star floating resort. We have almost one crew member per guest, ”Leibowitz said, adding that Seabourn Ovation is the first luxury cruise brand to restart since the pandemic, attracting customers who have sailed with other brands.
The ship brews its own coffee and has a homemade ice cream parlor. There’s a grill with a menu from the famous Chef Thomas Keller, who is also behind the Surf Club in Surfside and several Michelin-starred restaurants in the United States. And a sushi bar with ingredients from Japan and first-class wine, champagne and spirits.
The ship worked with world famous copywriter Sir Tim Rice for entertainment and celebrity Dr. Andrew Weil for spa services together. The 12th deck has a hot tub surrounded by 15 semi-open private cabanas with televisions, refrigerators, and ceiling fans. Some cabanas offer spa services.
In the harbor, one of the ship’s lower decks opens up into a “marina” where guests can bring a number of boats and water toys such as kayaks, pedal boats, and Hobie catamarans. Zodiac boats offer guests sightseeing, as well as water skiing, banana boating, and tubing options.
The Seabourn Ovation resumed in July 2021 and requires all passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding.
“There is no such thing as COVID zero,” said Leibowitz when asked about the safety of cruises. “But if you want to live your life now, your best bet is to follow all CDC guidelines.”