13. April 2015 · Comments Off on FIRST STEEL CUT FOR SEABOURN’S NEWEST ULTRA-LUXURY VESSEL, SEABOURN ENCORE · Categories: ENGLISH CRUISE RELEASES, GENERAL · Tags: , , , , , ,

 

Today, the award-winning ultra-luxury, small ship cruise line Seabourn is now 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 Construction Begins Today, April 13 / Photo © Seabourn

Seabourn Encore Construction Begins Today, April 13 / Photo © Seabourn

“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.”

“For us shipbuilders, this ceremony is always a special time, and today it is even more. Not only because it represents the tangible beginning of the cooperation with Seabourn, with whom we have a recent, but already solid relationship, but also because it is the latest event in a long line shared with the Carnival group,” said Gabriele Cocco, Fincantieri’s senior executive vice president of merchant ships.

In a special nod to the line’s departing original fleet, joining the ceremony were two crew members from Seabourn Legend, the last of the three original Seabourn ships currently on its final sailing under the Seabourn banner. Their presence signified 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 and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionized 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. 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.

To follow the progress of Seabourn Encore, please visit the ship’s dedicated microsite: http://encore.seabourn.com. Filled with imagery, details and updates on the ship’s progress, including “sunsets until launch,” the microsite offers an inside look at the most exciting Seabourn launch in years. Additional details, news and images will be revealed on the site on an ongoing basis.

Captions:

(1) Seabourn celebrated an important milestone today with the cutting of the first steel for Seabourn Encore, the line’s new ship launching in late 2016. Pictured at the commemorative ceremony at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard are (left to right):

Vitor Alves, Newbuild Project Manager, Seabourn; Cyril Tatar, Vice President of Newbuild and Technical Operations, Seabourn; Adam D. Tihany, Designer for Seabourn Encore, Tihany Design; Marnie Tihany, Director of Business Development, Tihany Design; Richard Meadows, Seabourn President; Antonio Quintano, Director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard; James Moore, Corporate Shipbuilding Project Manager, Carnival Corporation; Christopher Prelog, Vice President of Hotel Operations, Seabourn; Marco Lunardi, Fincantieri’s Project Manager of Seabourn Encore; and Ernesto Palmas, Corporate Shipbuilding Manager, Carnival Corporation.

(2) In a special nod to the line’s departing original fleet, joining the Seabourn Encore steel cutting ceremony today were Egita Rasuma and Sergio Monteiro, two crew members from Seabourn Legend, the last of the three original Seabourn ships currently on its final voyage under the Seabourn banner. Their presence signified 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.

(3) Antonio Quintano, Director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, and Richard Meadows, Seabourn President, toast to the first steel cut for the line’s newest ship, Seabourn Encore.
(4) The first piece of steel is cut for Seabourn Encore, Seabourn’s new ship due for delivery in late 2016.

Information source: Seabourn

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