by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com
Last Saturday saw the naming in Singapore of ultra-luxury line Seabourn’s latest addition, the 604-berth Seabourn Encore. With an extra deck, the new ship will be able to accommodate one-third more passengers than the Seabourn Quest class of ships that preceded her.
Seabourn Encore (Courtesy of Fincantieri)
A sister ship Seabourn Ovation, is also being built by Italy’s Fincantieri for delivery in the spring of 2018.
Seabourn was founded in Norway in 1986, with the 212-berth all-suite Seabourn Pride being introduced in 1988 as the line’s first ship. Proof of the viability of her basic design is that this ship is still sailing almost thirty years later, now as Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride.
Through an acquisition by Cunard and in turn Carnival’s acquisition of Cunard, Seabourn became part of Carnival Corp & plc, for whom she has now been introduced as its newest ship.
Carnival itself was founded in 1972 when Mardi Gras entered service from Carnival Cruise Lines from Miami.
A comparison of the group’s first and last ships follows
The new ship is almost half again as large as Mardi Gras in tonnage, although only 6% longer, and carries only two-thirds the number of passengers.
Seabourn Encore was named by the English singer Sarah Brightman at the Singapore Cruise Terminal. Among the 2,000 present were Sir Tim Rice, writer of many of her hit songs, and Thomas Keller, the three-star Michelin chef who created the ship’s signature restaurant.
The 212-berth all-suite Seabourn Pride introduced in 1988
The new ship is intended to feel more like a luxury yacht according to interior designer Adam Tihany. One of her features is The Retreat, a top-deck facility with fifteen private cabanas with bar, cuisine, designer furniture and personalised spa treatments.
But, unlike on board a yacht, it costs extra. Running contrary to the Seabourn’s all-inclusive ethos, the cabanas were adopted from sister line Holland America and are rented out at $349 on sea days and $249 on port days. On sea days these will generate an additional $5,235 per day of on board revenue.
Restaurants include Keller’s The Grill, the American chef’s gourmet take on the classic American chophouse, and an intimate, high-end Sushi destination.
Seabourn Encore has now left Singapore on her inaugural voyage, a 10-day cruise to Bali. Next ports of call will be in Australia and New Zealand. A 16-day cruise from Sydney to Auckland starts February 2, followed by a return 16-day cruise from Auckland to Sydney on February 18. She will also return Down Under from December 2017 to February 2018.
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