Carnival group’s small ship cruise line Seabourn held a steel cutting ceremony for its newest vessel, Seabourn Encore, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy on Monday.
“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 Seabourn President Richard 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.”
Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s Odyssey-class ships, featuring enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities since they were introduced between 2009 and 2011.
A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018, and, with the addition of the two new ships, Seabourn claims it would have the youngest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry.
Designed by Adam D. Tihany, 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.