Seabourn Pride Comes to Call at George Washington’s Home

Ultra Luxury Ship Includes Mt. Vernon on Its Cruise of Colonial American Ports

MIAMI, July 19 /PRNewswire/ — Mount Vernon, the stately plantation home of George and Martha Washington, has received many distinguished visitors in its time, from European royalty to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the beautifully restored estate receives over a million visitors a year, most of whom arrive by car, bus and, in a few cases, by boat. But on October 21st, the sleek, white cruise ship Seabourn Pride will glide up the Potomac and drop anchor across the river from the picturesque mansion, giving its 208 fortunate guests a privileged overnight visit.

Maintained and operated by the private nonprofit Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association since 1853, the 500-acre riverside property is located about 16 miles from Washington, D.C. and consists of some 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens, faithfully restored to working condition as they were in 1799. Aside from the mansion itself, Seabourn guests can visit a working farm demonstrating many pioneering agricultural achievements, including a 16-sided treading barn and a water-powered grist mill.

Festival of American Food & Wine on Board

The cruise is also the occasion for Seabourn’s Third Annual Great American Food & Wine Festival, featuring celebrity guest chefs, onboard cooking demonstrations, tastings and exclusive culinary excursions in many of the ports. Chefs appearing on board will be Charlie Palmer, one of only three chefs included in Forbes’ annual “Celebrity 100 List,” Sue Torres, the acclaimed chef/owner of New York’s Mexican-inspired Suenos, and famous New World Cuisine maven Alan Susser of Chef Allen’s in Aventura, Florida.

The yacht-like ship will call at Mount Vernon during a 14-day cruise departing October 16 from New York to Nassau, calling at many of America’s most important colonial cities. Other ports of call include Newport, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Yorktown, Charleston, Savannah, Amelia Island and Port Canaveral.

Many ports of call will feature specially created culinary excursions, such as:

* Philadelphia: a comparative tasting of Philly Cheese Steaks on site at the rival Geno’s and Pat’s and a morning Shopping with the Chef tour in the Italian Market section.

* Baltimore: a classic luncheon feast of steamed blue crabs at Bo Brooks’ crab shack and, afterward, exploring the historic 220-year old Lexington Marketplace.

* Charleston: Amanda Dew Manning leads a tour of “Lowcountry” culinary heritage, including a demonstration and luncheon. Our free Exclusively Seabourn experience is a ride by horsedrawn carriage to a traditional Southern tea in a 19th century home.

* Savannah: a walking tour of the town’s stately squares and a family- style lunch of Southern specialties at the famous Mrs. Wilkes’ Boardinghouse.

* Amelia Island: a luncheon at The Florida House Inn, Florida’s oldest surviving hotel, in the Victorian-era Fernandina Beach Historic District.

* Port Canaveral: “Follow the Wild Ocean Shrimp” — a boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon, a shrimp processor and feast on local shrimp at the famous Dixie Crossroads.

With Early Booking Savings of up to 39%, fares start from $6,948 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square-foot ocean-view suite. Past guests of Seabourn or any member line of World’s Leading cruise Lines (Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line or Windstar Cruises) qualify for Signature Value Savings of 50%, and fares from $5,695 per person, double. For information or to reserve a suite, contact your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit .

The Yachts of Seabourn, the highest-rated cruise line by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Departures magazine, published exclusively for American Express Platinum Card and Centurion members, provides the ultimate in ultra luxury cruise vacations to the most desirable destinations on earth.

The Yachts of Seabourn is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations. The Yachts of Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:CUK) , and supports the Ocean Conservation & Tourism Alliance, dedicated to education and promotion of best practices for protecting the marine environment.

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