Seabourn has promoted Robin West to the newly-created role of vice president of expedition operations and planning.

The news comes in the same week as Seabourn revealed it was entering the expedition market with two purpose-built ships, due for delivery in 2021 and 2022.

In West’s new role, he will be responsible for overall planning and management of Seabourn’s expedition operations to places such as Antarctica and the Arctic.

He will also continue to oversee the line’s Ventures by Seabourn programme of optional, for-charge expedition-style excursions offered in select destinations.

West started at Seabourn by serving as expedition leader during Seabourn’s inaugural season of four voyages onboard Seabourn Quest in Antarctica and Patagonia between November 2013 and February 2014.

He was later promoted to director in 2017.

Seabourn president Richard Meadows said: “Now we’re expanding our ultra-luxury expedition travel product with ships dedicated to further delivering highly authentic experiences in new and amazing destinations.

“Robin’s extraordinary capabilities will continue to help Seabourn expand the definition of ultra-luxury adventure travel in all corners of the world.”