Seabourn is sailing back to Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2020 aboard the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Ovation. The 300-suite ship will cruise four seven-day eastern Mediterranean voyages between Istanbul and Athens, Greece, or Athens to Istanbul navigating the Greek Isles and historic cities in Turkey.
Itineraries involving Istanbul include:
- Seven-day Ephesus & Greek Isles (October 10 and October 24, 2020) – Seabourn Ovation will depart Athens and cruise to the Greek Islands, including Patmos; Agios Nikolaos, Crete; Mykonos and Skiathos, along with Bozcaada and Kusadasi, Turkey, before reaching Istanbul. The trip to Kusadasi will include Seabourn’s complimentary “Evening at Ephesus”—a private classical concert at a historical site.
- Seven-day Turkish & Aegean Treasures (October 17 and October 31, 2020) – Seabourn Ovation will sail from Istanbul and cruise the waters of the Aegean Sea to Myrina, Rhodes, Santorini and Spétsai in Greece, while also debarking at Çesme and Bodrum along the coast of Turkey, before arriving at Athens.
Travelers looking to see more of Turkey may combine the two seven-day voyages. Those who choose this option receive savings of up to 10 percent off regular cruise fares.
In addition to the above, Seabourn Odyssey will also visit several cities in Turkey in 2020, including Cesme, Kusadasi, Fethiye and Bodrum during the ship’s eastern Mediterranean season.
Before embarking on these new journeys, Seabourn Ovation will spend the summer of 2020 in Northern Europe, offering seven- and 14-day voyages, including in the Baltic between Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as along the North Cape and to St. Petersburg, Russia. Then the ship will sail to the British Isles and travel around the continent from Dover to Lisbon via Paris. In the fall, Seabourn Ovation will sail the Mediterranean from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco, the French and Italian Rivieras, and on to Greece and Turkey. These voyages can also be combined.
In other Seabourn news, bookings for the company's new private air service are available now. The program offers private chartered jet service to and from ports of call.