Seabourn Encore aft pool
(10:05 a.m. EST) — Seabourn has revealed more details of its new ship Seabourn Encore — including a new sushi restaurant, redesigned public spaces and more than 300 works of art.
Seabourn Encore — which debuts in less than a year — will be a slightly bigger version of Seabourn’s popular Odyssey-class ships, with one extra deck and space for 150 more passengers.
The sushi restaurant will replace the alternative fine dining eaterie, Restaurant 2, on the Odyssey class of ships.
In addition, the hugely popular Seabourn Square (pictured above) — a general meeting place which includes a café, reception and the shore excursions desk — will become round, with a bigger café area offering a wider selection of freshly baked pastries.
It will also be ‘opened out’, to allow people to see into the individual booths, and given slightly softer lines and frosted glass instead of partitions.
Award-winning hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany is designing the entire ship, and his aim is to reflect Seabourn’s nautical heritage in the new ship. He has used yachting finishes, with more teak and softer colors in the suites.
Tihany, who also designed the main dining room on Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class of ships, has also rethought the main restaurant on Encore (pictured above). Lattice work and starbursts, as well as a wine tower — similar to the ones on Celebrity ships — replace the slightly harder lines in the main restaurants on the Odyssey-class of ships.
Seabourn announced a partnership with Michelin starred chef Thomas Keller in April. The collaboration will see Keller introduce a signature restaurant on Seabourn Quest next year, before rolling it out across the fleet, including Seabourn Encore.
The top deck Observation Bar (pictured above) will be given a skylight with a stunning central design of a school of fish, by Tihany’s son.
Other works of art include an extraordinary glass sculpture in the atrium, Oriental vases and whimsical works of art from the U.K. to China.
The self-service buffet, The Colonnade, has also been redesigned with islands to display the food and a LED screen with high definition panels, reflecting the time of day and the port of call.
John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president of sales, told Cruise Critic: «This ship will be the most beautiful ship ever built.
«It will be a ‘softer’ design, harking back to Seabourn’s yachting roots, and the art collection is amazing.
«We’re confident that we can create the intimate small ship atmosphere that our guests love, even with the extra size.
«What we’re trying to create is an ultra luxury, boutique hotel type feel, and we think John has achieved that.»
The 300 cabins will be suites with private balconies, ranging from 74 to 200 square feet, depending on cabin category. Cabin design incorporates mahogany wood and a subtle nautical theme. All-marble bathrooms (pictured above) will have separate tub and shower, double sinks and Molton Brown bath products.
Seabourn Encore will launch in Athens in early December 2016, and its maiden season will include cruises to the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Mediterranean.