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First Steel Cut For Seabourn Encore

Yesterday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the first piece of steel was cut for Seabourn’s new luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Encore.

The ceremony was presided over by Seabourn President Richard Meadows and Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard.

In a special nod to the line's departing original fleet, joining the ceremony were two crew members from Seabourn Legend, the last of the three original Seabourn ships currently on its final sailing under the Seabourn banner. Their presence signified the closing of a chapter in the line's history, while marking the start of a new era with the beginning of the construction of Seabourn Encore.

Seabourn Encore is being built on the line’s award-winning Odyssey-class ships, which took ultra-luxury cruising to an entirely new level when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011.

Encore will maintain the cruise line’s high ratio of space per guests, just like her sisters Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Quest and Seabourn Sojourn, but unlike her fleet mates she will offer an additional deck – making her 26% larger than Seabourn’s current 3 Odyssey-class vessels. At 40,350 GT she will offer luxury accommodations for up to 604-guests and every suite will feature a private veranda. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.

Seabourn Encore will enter service in December 2016 with a 16 day sailing from Athens to Dubai. Following her inaugural voyage, Encore will stay in Indonesia and offer a variety of voyages throughout the region with itineraries including highlights such as Java, Bali and Colombo.

All of her maiden season voyages are now on sale and can be viewed on our website, alternatively you can call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677 for availability and itinerary information.