Unveiled: Seabourn Encore Inaugural Season
The new Seabourn Encore is set to begin sailing in late 2016, continuing to build on Seabourn’s reputation for quality service and style. With the 3 current Odyssey-class ships, Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, the bar for Luxury Cruising has been set high. Seabourn Encore along with Seabourn Ovation, which is expected to debut in 2018, will be slightly larger ships than the existing 450 guest capacity of the existing Odyssey-class ships. Carrying just 604 guests these 2 new ships will still maintain the high ratio of staff and space per guest. Following the departure of the 3 smaller Seabourn Ships, Pride Spirit & Legend to Windstar Cruises, Seabourn will have one of the youngest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet in the cruise industry and we look forward to sailing on these new ships.
Seabourn President Richard Meadows said “Seabourn Encore will set a new standard of ultra-luxury cruising that can only be found on Seabourn, and we can’t wait to share her with our guests.”
To begin, Seabourn Encore will sail a variety of voyages exploring the exotic coasts of Arabia and India between December 2016 and April 2017. Appropriately, the new ship will visit the gilded temples and tropical isles of Southeast Asia, along with the natural splendours and vibrant, friendly cities of Australia and New Zealand.
Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore will feature modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The 40,350-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 604 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.
Pre-Inaugural Sailings Following the ship’s delivery in December 2016, Seabourn Encore will offer two pre-inaugural cruises, providing travellers with a preview of the vessel before its official maiden voyage.
- On 4th December 2016, Seabourn Encore will sail on a 16-day pre-inaugural cruise from Athens bound for Dubai, visiting various exotic ports including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel, Petra in Jordan and Muscat, Oman.
- On 20th December 2016, Encore will sail an 18-day pre-inaugural Christmas & New Year holiday voyage departing Dubai will sail to Arabia, India and Southeast Asia before arriving at Singapore.
Gala Naming Ceremony & Inaugural Voyage On 7th January 2017, Seabourn Encore will make its official debut with a gala naming ceremony in the vibrant Asian city-state of Singapore. Seabourn Sojourn with also be in Singapore at this time. We hope to be on this Inaugural Voyage and will be providing coverage with regular updates via this blog, plus Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest feeds. Following the naming, the vessel will embark on its official 10-day inaugural voyage including stops in Surabaya, Java; Celukan Bawang, Bali; and Slawi Bay, Komodo, Indonesia before arriving in Bali.
Seabourn Encore will go on to spend its maiden season operating a series of 16-day voyages cruising the Pacific Rim in Australia and New Zealand, calling at the metropolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne and exploring both islands of New Zealand. The ship will visit popular ports, such as Auckland and Wellington, while exploring other picturesque towns, including southernmost city, on Stewart Island, and the charming port of Picton, the gateway to the stunning scenery of Marlborough Sound. In April 2017, Seabourn Encore will return to Europe with two 16- and 18-day Arabia and India voyages, then spend the summer in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean with a series of seven-day voyages.