NOVEMBER 30, 2016 — Carnival Corporation's ultra luxury cruise brand Seabourn today took delivery of its newest all-suite cruise ship, Seabourn Encore in a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
"We have been looking forward to this day for over two years. Seabourn Encore has become a stunning ship that will set a new standard in ultra-luxury cruising," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "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."
"The jewel we deliver today is the first built for Seabourn, and dry dock works for the second vessel of this new and prestigious client will start in the next few days in our shipyard in Sestri Ponente," said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. "I say this with a certain pride and a lot of satisfaction, because Seabourn represents the top range offer of the Carnival Group and Fincantieri is now identified as an absolute reference point from the market, able to offer tailor-made products to an ever wider range of customers."
Guests of Seabourn Encore will be treated to the line's extraordinary levels of personalized service, with a high staff to guest ratio. The ship carries 600 guests, based on double occupancy. Its 300 suites each have 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 highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionized 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 personalized spa services.
In addition, guests will enjoy superb cuisine in a variety of restaurants and a new production show, "An Evening with Tim Rice," that will open onboard Seabourn Encore in January 2017, when she sails from Singapore on her inaugural voyage.
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 and officially name the ship. The vessel will then depart on its inaugural voyage, a 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise, bound for Indonesia.