Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Applause Please: Seabourn's New Ships are the Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation

Today Seabourn announced not only the names of its two new 604 guest luxury cruise ships (Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation) but some of the changes to the well known venues.

Before getting to those changes I want to pause and note the Seabourn difference.  There is no "most luxurious", no bluster or hype.  Seabourn is not about having the largest suite, the most expensive suite or treating its luxury clientele differently because some choose to spend more than others on their accommodation.

Because on Seabourn you are a special guest because you are who you are; not how much you spend, Seabourn focuses on "class" and understated elegance describing its new ships as follows:
Although the architecture of Seabourn Encore is not radically different from Seabourn’s other three ships, [Adam T. Tihany’s (one of the world's preeminent designers)] vision is present throughout the ship. There is a new softness and a curvaceous elegance to his designs that reflect a noticeably bespoke aesthetic. The vessel exudes ultra-luxury with design elements often found in private yachts. Nautical visual elements are employed with an exceptional intelligence and sophistication. And, true to his vision, Tihany has enriched the entire ship with an impressive array of unexpected surprises and subtle transformations for guests to continually discover and delight in --- but those, as he so wisely says, are not meant to be described, but rather to be discovered.
While I can tell you that the suites will, for the most part, remain consistent with those on the Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest (with some tweaks), the dining venues and public spaces will see from subtle changes to fully re-imagined spaces.

While the Seabourn Encore's pool deck and Patio Grill will be, in many respects, quite similar to the Seabourn Odyssey-class ships

Seabourn Encore Pool Deck and Patio Grill
The adjoining Patio Bar is being upscaled and made more inviting:

Seabourn Encore Patio Bar
Meanwhile the feel of Seabourn Square has evolved into a far more nautical and relaxed, yet elegant, space...and, ironically, is more rounded than angular:

Seabourn Square on the Seabourn Encore
The two most popular dining venues are also receiving some pretty exciting innovative designs while improving flow of both guests and service staff:

Seabourn Encore's The Restaurant 

The Colonnade on the Seabourn Encore
Did you notice that Seabourn has not released a rendering of the Seabourn Encore herself?  I did.

Seabourn has created a microsite (special small website) for the Seabourn Encore where you can explore not only the ship, but the Seabourn Experience, by clicking here.  The microsite is set up so that content can, and will, be added regularly.  So be sure to check back from time to time.

Interested in the Seabourn Encore's Maiden Season?  Sales will open soon with voyages exploring the exotic coasts of Arabia & India, the gilded temples and tropical isles of Southeast Asia and the awe-inspiring natural splendors and vivacious cities of Australia and New Zealand.

Please give Goldring Travel a call at 877-2GO-LUXURY or email me at eric@goldringtravel.com