Seabourn Encore begins her Journey. The award-winning cruise line Seabourn celebrated the keel laying of its new ultra-luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Encore, at a ceremony in the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The new ship is to launch in late 2016, and the ceremony is the latest in a series of recent milestones and announcements made by Seabourn one of the top rated cruises lines.

“Seabourn Encore has finally come to life and we look forward to sailing on her inaugural voyage” A live report will appear here during the voyage.

The ceremony was attended, amongst others, by Holland America Group Executive Vice President Fleet Operations Keith Taylor and Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Seabourn Encore is the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships that Fincantieri will build for Seabourn over the next three years. The second new Seabourn ship named Seabourn Ovation is due in 2018.

Set to debut as the most modern and acclaimed ship in the ultra-luxury segment, the keel laying of Seabourn Encore represents another pivotal stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “This is an important milestone and we look forward to revealing further progress and highlights of Seabourn Encore in the months ahead.

Styled in the same theme as the award-winning trio of Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships and designed by leading designer Adam D. Tihany, the all-suite 41,700-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck, new expanded public areas and is expected to carry just 600 guests, maintaining Seabourn’ s high ratio of space per guest. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.

To follow the progress of Seabourn Encore, please visit the ship’s dedicated microsite: