The world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn has taken delivery of its newest all-suite vessel, Seabourn Encore, during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy today (Nov 30, local time).
Seabourn President Rick Meadows said the cruise line had been looking forward to the handover for more than two years.
“Seabourn Encore has become a stunning ship that will set a new standard in ultra-luxury cruising,” Mr Meadows said. “I am very proud of our partnership with Fincantieri, and it has been a great pleasure to work together to transform raw materials into this incredible vessel that will make a great addition to the Seabourn fleet.”
Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said the shipyard was proud to deliver Seabourn Encore to the cruise line, noting that dry dock work was due to start on the cruise line’s next ship, Seabourn Ovation, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente in the next few days.
Seabourn Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017 by international recording artist and world’s best-selling Soprano, Sarah Brightman, before setting sail for Australia. The ship will arrive in Darwin on January 22, 2017 and cruise the Queensland coast before debuting in Sydney on February 2. It will depart Australia on March 17, returning for its second season of cruises Down Under from December 2017 to February 2018.
Guests of Seabourn Encore will be treated to the line’s extraordinary levels of personalised service, with a high staff to guest ratio. The ship carries 600 guests and offers 300 elegantly appointed suites, each with a private verandah.
Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, who intended Seabourn Encore “to feel more like a luxury yacht,” the 40,350-GRT vessel features modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance, as well as one additional deck and new expanded public areas. The ship expands and builds 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.
New features include The Retreat, a sanctuary designed for guests to relax in private cabanas, with a Spa Treatment Cabana for personalised spa services.
In addition, guests will enjoy superb cuisine, including The Grill by Thomas Keller, the new signature restaurant from three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller that was introduced on Seabourn Quest earlier this year and will be expanded to the entire Seabourn fleet. Another restaurant, Sushi, will make its debut as a destination for foodies, with high-quality dishes served throughout the day.
The ship will also feature a new production show, An Evening with Tim Rice, created exclusively for Seabourn in association with Belinda King Creative Productions, as well as the new Spa and Wellness mindful living program with Dr Andrew Weil which will also debut on Seabourn Encore in January. Both Tim Rice and Dr Weil will sail on the inaugural voyage.