Seabourn is about providing a comfortable yet elegant luxury setting where the décor works to highlight the finest service and cuisine at sea. Thus if you are looking for an over-the-top opulent décor the Seabourn Encore, as well as the other Seabourn ships, is not for you.
While most of the Seabourn guests (past, present and future) do not care that Adam Tihany – the preeminent designer of many of the top hotels and restaurants in the world - reimagined and designed the spaces, what is important to them (and me) is that Seabourn’s investment in Mr. Tihany to deliver a truly spectacular product has paid off.
Generally there is a resistance to change (even good change) when loyal guests of the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn or Quest view a new ship; just as when the loyal guest of the former Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend were initially resistent to the Seabourn Odyssey. Over the past few days, as I speak with guests, the overall design and space have been the subject of rave reviews.
|There is a richness to the The TK Grill (The Grill by Thomas Keller)|
that is difficult to photograph. Added is a fantastic pianist and a
bartender that is "The Man" and it is a true Seabourn Experience
There is no question that, while the Seabourn Encore also has Sushi (an obvious Japanese dining experience)
|Sushi - The Seabourn Encore's newest restaurant is pretty amazing|
After dinner, Seabourn’s melding of world-class talent continues with a vastly improved entertainment team. Again, talent over opulence is the focus. There are no fancy shows, but Seabourn has most certainly upped its budget and, therefore, talent for its cast. These folks can truly sing and dance; with persona. Sir Timothy Rice has been onboard the Seabourn Encore and I enjoyed a fantastic evening of his chatting about his musical career combining with the truly talented cast (something I am pleased to finally be able to say) to deliver his music from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat to Evita to Lion King and so many more. With lesser talent the evening could have been a disaster, but it was well and truly special.