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First steel cut for Seabourn Encore as Seabourn Legend bids farewell

Seabourn is one step closer to the launch of its newest vessel, Seabourn Encore, with the commemorative cutting of the first steel.

Taking place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the ceremony was presided over by Seabourn President Richard Meadows and Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.

Seabourn Encore steel cutting
The first piece of steel for Seabourn Encore is cut in Marghera

“The cutting of steel for Seabourn Encore is an important milestone in the evolution of both our beautiful fleet and the ultra-luxury cruise segment overall,” said Meadows.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the ship come together and are excited to continue to add to our fleet. With Adam D. Tihany’s innovative design vision and Fincantieri’s excellent craftsmanship, Seabourn Encore will be the most beautiful ultra-luxury ship ever built.”

The ceremony was tinged with sadness as it also signalled the farewell of Seabourn Legend, the last of the three original Seabourn ships.  And in recognition of the event, two crew members from Seabourn Legend attended Encore’s first steel cutting.

Legend’s departure signifies 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 will expand and build on the line’s award-winning 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 a highly personalized level of Seabourn service.

Seabourn Legend
Seabourn Legend is the last of the original Seabourn ships to leave the fleet

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 40,350-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.

Seabourn: 0843 373 2000 or visit www.seabourn.com/en

Posted on 17th April 2015 at 11:58 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | The Yachts of Seabourn |

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