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Aboriginal Australian Tribe named as Godparents of New Ship

Seabourn’s blessing for new Pursuit ship honors the Wunambal Gaambera people

How could Audrey Hepburn, Melania Trump, and Pitbull have anything in common with a native tribe in Australia? This might sound like a game show question, and even AI might struggle to answer it in less than 10 seconds. Yet, these three celebrities share a unique honor with the Wunambal Gaambera people: all have been named as cruise-ship Godparents. Known for bringing good luck and protection to a vessel, a ship godparent's role is a prestigious lifetime honor, primarily involving christening the ship during its ceremonial launch.

What sets this group apart is that while the celebrities are globally recognized, the Wunambal Gaambera, the traditional owners of over 6 million acres in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, are honored for their deep cultural heritage. Seabourn’s decision to recognize these traditional people is both admirable and symbolic within the cruise industry.

The Wunambal Gaambera have inhabited their land and saltwater country for thousands of years. In a gesture of stewardship and responsibility, Seabourn will support the Wunambal Gaambera by donating to help keep their country healthy, strengthen their culture, and create economic opportunities. These funds will aid artisans in producing and selling arts and crafts by providing necessary supplies like pearl shells and polishing materials, fostering sustainable, year-round commercial art initiatives, and increasing employment opportunities for Wunambal artists.

Seabourn’s newest luxury ship, the Pursuit, debuted in summer 2023 and marks its maiden voyage to Australia’s coastline this summer. Led by a 24-person Expedition Team, guests will deeply explore the Kimberley's fascinating culture and environment while supporting the region's people and future. The naming ceremony will undoubtedly be memorable, and Seabourn’s efforts to drive long-term sustainable change align with the values of their guests and Expedition Trips alike.

If you’re interested in exploring this region with Seabourn, it's not too late to book for late summer this year. The Pursuit will run a 10-day Kimberley Expedition itinerary, departing from Broome, Western Australia, and arriving in Darwin from August 1st to 11th. The cruise also qualifies for Seabourn’s More Moments Credit of up to $2,200 USD, which can help offset airfare costs. We would be glad to share more information about Seabourn's commitment to the Wunambal people, and their itineraries in this region and more. Contact us today!