New cruise ships for 2017 – Seabourn Encore

Seabourn EncoreThe Seabourn Encore is the latest edition to this ultra-luxury cruise line’s award-winning fleet.

seabourn_encore_02pooldeck_el163At 40,350 tons the Encore is the largest of the four Seabourn vessels, carrying 600 guests in all-suite accommodation with private verandahs.

seabourn_encore_13atrium_el164Adam D. Tihany’s design  is more yacht-like , incorporating nautical accents of mahogany, chrome, blues, plenty of curved lines and sails offering shade on deck. Public areas are spacious, welcoming and elegant.

seabourn_encore_56seabournsquare_el168Seabourn Square; the signature lounge is the perfect place to meet friends or relax over a coffee.

seabourn_encore_20thegrillbythomaskeller_el16b33The Grill by Thomas Keller is the stand-out dining venue, inspired by the American chophouse with the feel of an independent restaurant. There are six eateries in total including Sushi, the casual eatery Colonnade and the main dining room which also features Keller dishes.

seabourn_encore_98penthousespasuite_el16b52Entry-level verandah suites have balconies, marble bathrooms, separate showers and walk-in wardrobes. More space and amenities are offered in upgraded suites.

seabourn_encore_93wintergardensuite_el16b70The Wintergreen Suite has a stunning solarium with sea-view tub.

seabourn_encore_75spawellnessbydrandrewweil_el16b103In addition to the fitness areas and Spa, guests interested in integrated health benefit from Dr. Andrew Weil’s enrichment programme for the mind. Wellness therapists hold daily meditation programmes and yoga to nourish the soul.

seabourn_encore_29thecolonnade_el1622An Evening with Tim Rice showcases the onboard entertainment. Sir Tim narrates a personal story to the backdrop of huge hits from ‘The Lion King’, ‘Evita’ ‘Chess’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

seabourn_encore_95signaturesuite_el16b38The maiden voyage, in December 2016, was received well by passengers who enjoyed cruising the Java and Coral seas. Some grumblings over a lack of self-service laundry facilities and VIP Cabanas costing extra in the plush top-deck were aired but minor discontents are to be expected at this stage and will surely be ironed out before too long.

seabourn_encore_26thecolonnade_el1617Summer itineraries to the Mediterranean promise the finest destinations and exclusive shore excursions.

Photos courtesy of Seabourn

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