Q – We are currently booked on a Greek Islands cruise on Seabourn this summer. We just read about the changes at the line on traveltruth and we’re concerned. Should we change our plans given that the ship is now going to be run by Carnival Cruises? We booked directly with Seabourn so they are not going to be very forthcoming with advice.
A – The Carnival Corporation owns many cruise lines. Carnival ownership is a good thing because it carries with it a great deal of management expertise and unusually strong financial backing. Seabourn had been operated as an independent division. It will now be moved to Holland America headquarters in Seattle. You should not notice any differences until a forthcoming announcement that will outline management’s plans to upgrade the Seabourn product. We see absolulutely no reason to change your plans to sail Seabourn. However, since you have not yet made your final payment, we would recommend that you transfer your current booking to a consultant who is familiar with the Seabourn product. Seabourn charges the travel agent commission to those who book with them directly. So it makes sense to take advantage of the many benefits you will receive by working with an informed consultant. This will also keep you in the loop regarding any changes at Seabourn.