Seabourn Encore Ultra-Luxury Cruise Ship, United States of America
Seabourn Encore is the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships ordered by Seabourn from Fincantieri. The cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in late 2016, followed by the delivery of its sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, in 2018.
The letter of intent for the construction of the Seabourn Encore was signed in October 2013, the construction contract was finalised in January 2014, the steel-cutting ceremony was held in April 2015 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, and the keel was laid in September 2015.
The two new vessels will replace the capacity left blank by the recent sale of Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend cruise ships to Windstar Cruises.
Seabourne Encore design
The vessel's design is primarily based on Seabourn Odyssey fleet. New features of the vessel, compared with the Odyssey-class vessels, will include an additional deck, expanded public areas, a reduction in passenger capacity, and a private veranda for each suite. The vessel will feature 12 decks with 300 luxury suites.
The design works for the indoor and outdoor guest areas have been entrusted to the renowned hospitality designer Adam D Tihany. The ship is expected to house a signature restaurant by the American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller.
The vessel will be 210m-long and 28m-wide, and will have a gross tonnage capacity of 40,350t. Its propulsion system will enable the ship to cruise at a speed of 18.6k.
The vessel is being built to comply with all legislative safety requirements, while its hydrodynamics will be optimised to reduce fuel consumption.
Seabourne Encore deck plan
Deck 3 will house the marina, Deck 4 will house a fine dining venue called The Restaurant, a medical facility, and a galley, while Deck 5 will feature 36 veranda suites and public areas, including a casino, The Club, a pool and two whirlpools.
Deck 6 will feature 60 veranda suites and the Grand Salon, which integrates a theatre for performances, chairs arranged in cabaret style seating and a bar pantry at the back, and is decorated with sculpture panels and lineal lights on its ceiling. The design of the Grand Salon was unveiled in August 2015.
Deck 7 will feature three Owner's Suites, 64 Veranda Suites, meeting rooms, Seabourn shops, a coffee bar and the Seabourn Square, which integrates a library, a sitting room, a computer centre and a European Konditorei-style coffee bar.
Deck 8 will feature two Wintergarden Suites, an Owner's Suite, two Signature Suites, 50 Veranda Suites, a card room and a specialty dining venue, while the Deck 9 will feature 38 Veranda Suites, the Patio Grill, the Patio Bar, a whirlpool, a pool and The Colonnade (a casual snacks bar).
Deck 10 will feature an Owner's Suite, eight Penthouse Suites, 12 Veranda Suites, treatment rooms, a fitness centre, a thermal area, a motion studio, a salon, The Skybar, and the Spa at Seabourn.
Deck 11 will feature eight Penthouse Suites, 10 Veranda Suites, five Penthouse Spa Suites and an observation lounge integrating a square bar. The Sun Terrace and The Retreat will be featured on Deck 12.
Accommodation and amenities onboard Seabourn Encore
The cruise ship will accommodate 600 guests, based on double-occupancy. Complimentary internet/Wi-Fi service will be reserved for the Owners' Suites, Wintergarden Suites and Signature Suites.
Amenities onboard the Veranda Suites will include a comfortable living area, a queen-size bed or two twin beds, a walk-in closet with personal safe, a flatscreen TV, a bar and refrigerator, a writing desk, a makeup vanity, a bathroom with separate tub and shower, and 110V/220V AC outlets.
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All Owners' Suites will offer dining facilities for four people, a separate bedroom, a guest bath, two flatscreen TVs, a pantry with wet bar, a convertible sofa-bed for one, and a whirlpool bathtub.
The Signature Suites will offer forward-facing windows, dining facilities for four to six people, a whirlpool bathtub, a guest bath, a pantry with wet bar, two closets, and two flatscreen TVs. The Penthouse suites will be provided with a separate bedroom, a glass door to veranda, two flatscreen TVs, a fully stocked bar, a spacious bathroom with tub and shower, and a makeup vanity.
The Wintergarden Suites will be furnished with dining facilities for six people, a whirlpool bathtub, a guest bath, a convertible sofa-bed for one, a pantry with wet bar, a glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed, two closets, and two flatscreen TVs.
Following its delivery in late 2016, the vessel will embark on two pre-inaugural cruises sailing the waters of Israel, Arabia, India, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Its official maiden voyage in early 2017 will include a ten-day voyage starting from Bali, with stops at Surabaya in Java, Celukan Bawang in Bali and Slawi Bay in Komodo Island, Indonesia.
Contractors involved with the Seabourn cruise ship
Fincantieri has subcontracted AEG Power Solutions to supply power systems solutions for the vessel. The contract will mainly involve the supply of both AC (Protect 8 and Protect 4) uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and DC (Protect Three Phase Rectifier) systems.