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Seabourn Celebrates Keel Laying of New Seabourn Encore Ultra-Luxury Ship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Seabourn | Patrick Clarke | September 17, 2015

Seabourn Celebrates Keel Laying of New Seabourn Encore Ultra-Luxury Ship

PHOTO: Various executives from Fincantieri and Seabourn celebrated the keel laying ceremony in Marghera, Italy on Sept. 15, 2015. (Courtesy of Seabourn)

Seabourn Cruise Line is counting down the days until the launch of its new ultra-luxury cruise ship in wake of Tuesday's keel laying ceremony at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

The Seabourn Encore, which is set to launch in late 2016, will be the first of two ultra-luxury vessels scheduled to be built by Fincantieri over the next three years.

Holland America Group Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor and Fincantieri's Marghera Shipyard Director Antonio Quintano were both in attendance for Tuesday's ceremony. 

"Set to debut as the most modern and acclaimed ship in the ultra-luxury segment, the keel laying of Seabourn Encore represents another pivotal stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising," Seabourn President Richard Meadows said in a statement. "This is an important milestone and we look forward to revealing further progress and highlights of Seabourn Encore in the months ahead." 

Upon completion next year, the Seabourn Encore will be the largest ship in the Seattle-based cruise line's fleet.

The 41,700-ton ship will continue Seabourn's trend of offering passengers plenty of breathing room as it is only expected to carry about 600 guests. Plus, every suite aboard the ship will feature a private veranda.

The Seabourn Encore is being designed by the renowned Adam D. Tihany, who, in a statement, said he's "designed a ship that is imbued with a sense of spontaneity and exhilaration, to elicit surprise and delight that will complement the rest of the guests’ travel experiences."

The architecture aboard the Seabourn Encore will be similar to the cruise line's other vessels. However guests are likely to notice design elements inspired by private yachts, with Tihany's goal being to evoke luxury and sophistication. 

The Seabourn Encore's sister ship, the Seabourn Ovation is due to be delivered in 2018.

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