Seabourn never left the luxury cruise scene, but it is back for an encore with a new ship to be launched in 2016 which is set to continue the line's fine tradition of exquisite small-ship journeys. The brand-new Seabourn Encore will be the jewel in the crown of a fleet which is already full of modern and luxurious vessels.
Encore, s'il vous plait: What to expect
The new ship is currently under construction by Fincantieri of Italy, due to join the line in December 2016 for two pre-inaugural cruises. Her official maiden voyage is scheduled for January 2017. There's good news for the denizens of Down Under - following her first cruise, she will head to Australia for a few months of itineraries in our waters.
Designer Adam D. Tihany, named by the New York Times in 2001 as one of the greatest American interior architects, is masterminding the Seabourn Encore's public spaces and suites. Knowing that many Seabourn passengers are driven by wanderlust, he has designed with spontaneity and adventure in mind for a ship that should surprise and delight her passengers.
Favourite Seabourn features will all have a place on the new ship: the high-tech fitness centre with complimentary classes, the spa, the watersports marina, the Sky Bar, the Observation Bar and the Grand Salon. For meals, there will be the choice of the traditional restaurant, the casual yet gourmet Colonnade buffet, the al fresco Patio Grill and in-suite dining, along with two new specialty venues for which details are yet to be released.
As per the line's tradition, the Encore will have all-suite accommodation. Spacious closets, comfortable spaces, luxurious materials and in-suite entertainment are hallmarks of Seabourn and they will all be found on the new addition, with updated aesthetics designed by Tihany.
Seabourn: A certain "je ne sais quoi"
Any cruise is a fantastic getaway, but Seabourn has long prided themselves on taking it to the next level. Their luxury cruise ships are stylish, intimate, perfectly appointed and make passengers feel like they have stepped onto their own private yacht. Adventurous itineraries include destinations on all seven continents with uncommon journeys to places like Antarctica, the Middle East, the Greek Isles, the Black Sea, Iceland, Quebec, the Amazon River and many more. Even in the more frequented cruising grounds, Seabourn's small ships can go where no mainstream cruise line would venture. Experiences offered set Seabourn even further apart from competing lines - things like "Shopping with the Chef" a visit to the local market with the executive chefs, and "Caviar in the Surf" which involves champagne, caviar and a feast served on a remote beach.
The cruises are all-inclusive, and passengers can enjoy impeccable service, open bars throughout, an in-suite mini-bar replenished daily, gourmet dining in all restaurants and sophisticated entertainment options day and night. The only extras not included in your fare are the eye-opening shore excursions which include everything from 4X4 tours to see rare penguins on a remote South Georgia Island to a private limo and guide in Rome or a Harbour Bridge climb in Sydney.