Seabourn is now one step closer to the launch of its newest vessel, Seabourn Encore, with the commemorative cutting of the first steel at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
In a special nod to the line’s departing original fleet, joining the ceremony were two crew members from Seabourn Legend, the last of the three original Seabourn ships currently on its final sailing under the Seabourn banner. Their presence signified the closing of a chapter in the line’s history, while marking the start of a new era with the beginning of the construction of Seabourn Encore.
Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s Odyssey-class ships introduced between 2009 and 2011. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.
Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore, a 40,350-GRT ship, will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry 600 guests, based on double occupancy. Every suite will feature a private veranda.
Seabourn is a member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, an alliance including Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK and P&O Cruises Australia. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation.
(Image of Seabourn Encore courtesy of Seabourn)