Italian shipyard Fincantieri has delivered the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships to Seabourn Cruise Line, which is a brand of global cruise company Carnival.

Named Seabourn Encore, the newly delivered vessel can accommodate 600 guests in 300 suites.

Designed by Adam Tihany, the 40,350 gross register tonnage (GRT) vessel incorporates modern design and innovations, as well as one additional deck and expanded public areas.

"Seabourn represents the top range offer of the Carnival Group."

Developed on the basis of Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships, the ship also features a sanctuary designed for guests to relax in private cabanas, the Retreat; and a Spa Treatment Cabana for personalised spa services.

Furthermore, a new signature restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, which was already included on another Seabourn vessel earlier this year, has been added to Seabourn Encore.   

The vessel is expected to carry out its first journey, a ten-day cruise bound for Indonesia, by January next year.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said: "The jewel we deliver today is the first built for Seabourn, and dry dock works for the second vessel of this new and prestigious client will start in the next few days in our shipyard in Sestri Ponente.

“I say this with a certain pride and a lot of satisfaction, because Seabourn represents the top range offer of the Carnival Group and Fincantieri is now identified as an absolute reference point from the market, able to offer tailor-made products to an ever wider range of customers.

"This gratifying result became possible thanks to the strategy stubbornly followed in the last years that has allowed us to be in the best conditions to seize the opportunities offered by the market."

Seabourn noted that after completing the inaugural journey, Encore will move onto a 16-day Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast and back-to-back 16-day Australia & New Zealand journeys.

The ship is scheduled to spend the next year summer along the Mediterranean sea.

Image: Seabourn Encore during its last round of sea trials in early November. Photo: courtesy of  PRNewsFoto/Seabourn.