Seabourn Encore Delivered
Cruise line Seabourn has taken delivery of its newest all-suite vessel, Seabourn Encore at an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
The vessel is Fincantieri’s first built for Seabourn, and dry dock works for the second vessel will start in the next few days in the company’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente.
The ship expands and builds on the line's Odyssey-class ships introduced between 2009 and 2011. Guests of Seabourn Encore will receive what the company calls an extraordinary level of personalized service, with a high staff to guest ratio. The ship carries 600 guests, based on double occupancy, who reside in 300 elegantly appointed suites each with a private verandah.
As part of its fleet enhancement plan, Carnival Corporation has already taken delivery of three new ships in 2016 for its AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line brands. Including Seabourn Encore, Carnival has 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2022.
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, as well as one additional deck and new expanded public areas.
Seabourn Encore will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017. International recording artist and world's best-selling Soprano, Sarah Brightman, will be godmother of Seabourn Encore and officially name the ship during the celebration. The vessel will then depart on its inaugural voyage, the 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise, bound for Indonesia.
Following her inaugural sailing, Seabourn Encore will move onto a 16-day Great Barrier Reef and Gold Coast voyage and back-to-back 16-day Australia and New Zealand voyages. The ship will then reverse the earlier 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise to Singapore, proceed on a 16-day Jewels of India and Arabia cruise to Dubai and finish her first season with a 19-day Arabian Gems and Holy Land voyage before ending her winter season at Athens on May 5. Seabourn Encore will spend summer 2017 along the Mediterranean.