The Countdown to Seabourn Encore

In December, Seabourn will officially take delivery of its newest luxury cruise ship: the 604-guest Seabourn Encore. An evolution of the line’s already superb trio of ships (Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest), Seabourn Encore has already generated much interest from press and past and new guests alike.

Seabourn is sending the sleek Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017; the company's first sailings to the region in 15 years. Photo courtesy of Seabourn
Seabourn’s newest ship, Seabourn Encore, is just months away from entering service. Shown here is smaller fleetmate Seabourn Sojourn. Photo courtesy of Seabourn

What we know right now is that itineraries for Seabourn Encore’s inaugural season have been thoughtfully designed to showcase some of the world’s most well-known and off the beaten path ports of call. In fact, Seabourn is making itinerary planning as important as the ship itself.

“We’re excited to offer a diverse range of itineraries for the maiden season of Seabourn Encore and provide our guests with the opportunities to visit some of the most charming and sought-after destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand on the world’s newest and most beautiful ultra-luxury ship,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “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.”

Seabourn Encore will sail her first revenue voyage on December 4, 2016: a 10-day journey from Athens through the Suez Canal. That alone would be noteworthy, but the collection of ports that Seabourn has assembled for this journey is impressive, with Seabourn Encore calling on Agios Nikolaos, Greece; Haifa and Ashdod, Israel; Aqaba, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman before she arrives in Dubai.

Following that, Seabourn Encore sails another wholly unique journey between Dubai and Singapore on December 20, 2016: a holiday cruise through the Middle East. This voyage, along with the previous journey from Athens, will serve as the ship’s “preview voyages.”

Seabourn Encore will officially be christened in a gala naming ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017. Guests on her maiden voyage (which has been sold out for months) will begin a 10-day journey through Southeast Asia, with calls on Surabaya, Java; Celukan Bawang, Bali; and Slawi Bay, Komodo, Indonesia.

And that just takes us into Seabourn Encore’s first 30 days of service.

Seabourn Sojourn. © 2015 Avid Travel Media Inc.
Seabourn’s thoughtful design isn’t lost on the line’s luxury-seeking clientele. © 2015 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Throughout the rest of next year, the ship will sail to ports around the globe, stopping in Australia and New Zealand before returning to the Mediterranean in the spring of 2017, where she will spend the remainder of the summer.

Despite her similarities to her fleetmates, Seabourn Encore is actually the largest ship ever constructed for Seabourn, coming in a 40,350 tons. What differentiates her from her sisters is an additional passenger deck and newly-reconfigured public spaces, based primarily on feedback from Seabourn’s past guests.

In charge of her overall design is Adam D. Tihany, the man that every cruise line wants to design its ships. Mindful of the fact that Seabourn guests can sail for weeks or even months at a time onboard the same vessel, Tihany designed public spaces that are different and unique, heightening the sense of discovery as guests move about the vessel. The interior design of Seabourn Encore is noteworthy for its sleek, contemporary appearance, with plenty of curving surfaces and rounded edges.

Although her Maiden Voyage is completely sold out, there are still spaces to be had on some of Seabourn Encore’s earliest cruises. A sister ship – Seabourn Ovation – is due to enter service in 2018. Exact itinerary details haven’t been released yet, but it’s a good bet that when they are, sailings will be snapped up as quickly as they were for Seabourn Encore.

We’ll have more information on Seabourn Encore coming here on Avid Cruiser as we get closer to her December debut. Meanwhile, have a look at what makes the line so special – particularly in Antarctica, where Seabourn offers a true expedition product aboard some of the most lavish ships to sail the Southern Ocean.

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