The world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn celebrated another milestone in the construction of its new build Seabourn Encore, with the ship touching water for the first time last week.
Following a traditional ceremony to commemorate this significant occasion, the ship was “floated out” from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, where it will undergo final construction ahead of the ship’s delivery at the end of the year.
During the ceremony, the ship’s “madrina” cut the cord to begin the water flow to the ship’s building dock. Marnie Tihany, the director of business development for Tihany Design, served as the madrina of Seabourn Encore. Her husband, hospitality design icon Adam D Tihany, is the visionary who will bring Seabourn’s bespoke aesthetic to life aboard Seabourn Encore.
“Seeing Seabourn Encore in the water is a very special moment and represents another important step toward the completion of our highly-anticipated ship,” Seabourn President Richard Meadows said.
“We continue to hear from our guests and travel industry partners about their excitement for this incredible ship, and they are just as eager as we are to welcome her to the Seabourn family later this year.”
Seabourn Encore is being fashioned with contemporary interiors and modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The ship will expand and build on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. Seabourn Encore will maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service by close to one staff member for each guest on board. The 40,350-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.
Seabourn will continue to reveal renderings and updates about Seabourn Encore via the dedicated microsite: http://encore.seabourn.com. Filled with imagery, details and news of the ship’s continuing progress, including “sunsets until launch”, the microsite offers an inside look at the most exciting Seabourn launch in years.