Seabourn has announced that the newest addition to its ultra-luxury, small ship fleet, Seabourn Encore, will cruise Australian waters during its first season.
Following a gala naming ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017, the 40,350-tonne ship will embark on its official inaugural voyage, a 10-day cruise to Bali. The next stop will be Australia with Seabourn Encore making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between January 22, 2017 and March 17, 2017.
On sale now, Seabourn Encore’s inaugural Australian season will include:
- A 16-day cruise from Bali to Sydney on January 17, 2017, including its first calls to Darwin (January 22), Cairns (January 26 and 27), Townsville (January 28), Hamilton Island (January 29) and the line’s maiden call to the Sunshine Coast port of Mooloolaba (January 31) from $12,499*
- A 16-day cruise from Sydney to Auckland on February 2, 2017, including the line’s first call to Phillip Island (February 4) in Victoria and the ship’s maiden visit to Melbourne (February 5) from $14,500*
- A 16-day cruise from Auckland to Sydney on February 18, 2017, including the ship’s maiden call to Geelong (March 4) from $14,500*
Seabourn Encore will depart Sydney on March 6 cruising back to Singapore via Mooloolaba, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Cairns and Darwin before heading to Europe for its inaugural northern summer season.
“We’re excited to offer a diverse range of itineraries for the maiden season of Seabourn Encore and provide our guests with the opportunity 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. 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 President Richard Meadows said.
Following the ship’s delivery in December 2016, Seabourn Encore will offer two pre-inaugural cruises including a 16-day voyage from Athens to Dubai, visiting various exotic ports including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel; Petra, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman. The voyage will be followed by an 18-day pre-inaugural voyage departing Dubai on December 20, 2016, sailing to Arabia, India and Southeast Asia before arriving at Singapore.
Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. Seabourn Encore will maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service by close to one staff member for each guest on board. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018, and, with the addition of the two new ships, Seabourn will have the youngest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet in the industry.
Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore will feature modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 604 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.