The finest ultra-luxury cruise line in the world, Seabourn, formally introduced Seabourn Encore to the outside world at a festive evening ceremony in Singapore on Saturday, January 7. The naming ceremony was presided over by international recording artist and world's best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman, godmother of the new 600-passenger ship, the first of a pair of new all-suite vessels for the company.
Guests and VIPs joined Seabourn staff to enjoy the entertainment-filled launch festivities as a projection screen showed the climactic moment when Brightman sent a bottle of champagne smashing against the bow of the ship, a time-honored ship christening tradition. A host of local musicians and cultural acts, including lion dancers and stilt walkers, energized the event to send the ship and its guests off in style.
Following the naming ceremony, Seabourn Encore departed on its Inaugural Voyage, the 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise, bound for Indonesia. The ship will then move on to a 16-day Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast and back-to-back 16-day Australia & New Zealand voyages. The ship will then reverse the earlier 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise to Singapore, proceed on 16-day Jewels of India & Arabia cruise to Dubai, and finish her first season with a 19-day Arabian Gems & Holy Land voyage before ending her winter season at Athens on May 5.
Seabourn Encore will spend summer 2017 in the Mediterranean on various itineraries including a 7-day Greek & Italian Jewels cruise from Piraeus (Athens, May 6), followed by a 7-day Riviera Allure voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome , May 13). The new ship will operate a series of 7-, 10-, and 14-day Med itineraries. In August, the ship will finish its summer season with a 10- or 20-Day UNESCO Gems (Western Mediterranean cruise) arriving in Barcelona on September 13.