Seabourn has completed the final leg of sea trials of its fifth ultra-luxury vessel, Seabourn Ovation, in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.
The trial began with Seabourn Ovation’s departure from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on 14 March.
During the ship’s four-day journey at sea, a team of officers and engineers tested the vessels’ technical and mechanical systems.
The ship is currently going through final touches at the Fincantieri shipyard.
Scheduled to be delivered next month, Seabourn Ovation intends to begin its first cruise season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing in May from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain.
Seabourn president Richard Meadows said: “We’re now weeks away from delivery, and I’m very pleased with the progress and preparedness of the ship now that sea trials are complete.
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“Our first revenue guests will board on 5 May, and I know they will be excited to see this newest addition to the Seabourn fleet.”
Seabourn Ovation features contemporary interiors designed by Adam Tihany, as well as the culinary expertise of chef Thomas Keller and specially commissioned entertainment by Sir Tim Rice.
Part of Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships and a sister-ship to Seabourn Encore, the vessel will be equipped with 300 suites and can accommodate 600 passengers.
Seabourn launched its Odyssey-class ships, which include improved accommodations and innovative amenities in ultra-luxury cruise category, between 2009 and 2011.
The company’s current fleet of small and luxury ships is designed to carry between 458 and 600 guests each.