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The World’s Newest Luxury Ship Seabourn Encore Sails into Sydney

February 3, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

The world’s newest and most luxurious cruise ship, Seabourn Encore, has arrived in Sydney for the first time, becoming the youngest ship to ever visit the Harbour City.

Carrying just 600 guests in ultra-luxury style, Seabourn Encore was officially christened in Singapore only three weeks ago.

Her arrival in Sydney last night came on the first day of Sydney’s busiest cruise month, with a total of 26 ships scheduled to make 45 calls to Sydney across the 28 days of February, including 15 days where two or more ships will visit.

The newest addition to the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn Encore features all-suite accommodation, award-winning cuisine and an open bar policy throughout the ship.

Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany to feel like a luxury yacht, her modern design elements and innovations include The Retreat with private cabanas, a production show created exclusively for Seabourn by acclaimed lyricist Tim Rice, a wellness program by Dr. Andrew Weil and The Grill restaurant by three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller.

Seabourn Director of Sales Australia Tony Archbold said it was a huge vote of confidence in Australia’s appeal as a cruise destination that Seabourn Encore was sailing in local waters during her maiden season.

“A visit to Sydney is always a highlight on our itineraries and our guests have shown such a strong affinity with Australia that we couldn’t resist bringing our newest ship down under. It’s testament to Sydney’s popularity as a world class cruise destination that Seabourn Encore will visit the city five times in her first 18 months,” Mr Archbold said.

Mr Archbold said Seabourn Encore marks the start of a new era of ultra-luxury cruising.

“She is stunningly beautiful and offers everything you would expect from a modern luxury ship including world-class dining and entertainment, a cutting edge spa and a private veranda for every suite.”

The 40,350-GRT Seabourn Encore  is making her maiden call to nine Australian ports between January 22 and March 17, 2017, including overnight stays in Cairns (Jan 26, 27, Mar 12, 13) and visits to Darwin (Jan 22, Mar 17), Townsville (Jan 28, Mar 11), Hamilton Island (Jan 29, Mar 10), Mooloolaba (Mar 8), Sydney (Feb 1, Mar 6), Phillip Island (Feb 4), Melbourne (Feb 5, Mar 3), and Geelong (Mar 4). In total, she will make 15 calls to Australian ports this summer injecting millions of tourism dollars into local economies.

During her two-month season down under, Seabourn Encore will offer two 16-day itineraries between Sydney and Auckland and a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Bali via the Queensland coast. She will sail from Sydney around 7pm tonight on her maiden 16-day cruise to New Zealand.

Seabourn Encore is the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet, with sister ship Seabourn Ovation scheduled to launch next year.  After spending her first summer cruising local waters, the ship will return for an encore season, offering five 16-day voyages in the region between November 2017 and February 2018. Prices start from $14,499* per person for a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland on December 4, 2017, or January 21, 2018.

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