Carrying just 600 guests onboard, the world’s newest luxury ship, Seabourn Encore, sailed gracefully into the waters of Sydney Harbour on the evening of 1 February, making her the youngest ship to ever visit the city.
Following her official christening in Singapore just three weeks ago, she is currently on her maiden voyage, sailing two 16-day itineraries between Sydney and Auckland and a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Bali via the Queensland coast. She is currently sailing on her 16-day cruise around New Zealand.
Designed to feel like a luxury yacht, Seabourn Encore features all-suite accommodation, Michelin-starred award-winning cuisine, an open-bar policy throughout the ship, two outdoor swimming pools and six whirlpools, a retreat with private cabanas, a cutting edge spa, an exclusive wellness program, world-class entertainment and plenty more.
As part of her maiden voyage, she will make calls to nine Australian ports during her two-month season down under, including Cairns, Darwin, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Mooloolaba, Sydney, Philip Island, Melbourne, and Geelong. She will offer an encore Australian season in 2017-18.
In addition to unrivalled service by gracious staff who anticipate your every need, here are just 10 other ways Seabourn Encore is taking ultra-luxury cruising to a whole new level.
1. Caviar in the surf
On certain warm weather voyages, the Seabourn crew take to the waves in full uniform to deliver champagne and caviar via surfboards, and ideal way to toast the start of Seabourn’s signature Silver Service beach barbecue.
2. Exceptional dining
Already known for its renowned onboard cuisine, Seabourn kicks it up a notch on Seabourn Encore thanks to its proud culinary partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller, offering guests award-winning French and American cuisine at sea.
Furthermore, Seabourn chefs know where to find the best produce in each destination, and they love taking guests out to the local markets to select the finest fruit, vegetables and seafood to prepare onboard.
3. Seabourn Signature Scents by Molton Brown
Iconic fragrance house Molton Brown has designed and developed a range of exotic bath fragrances exclusively for Seabourn, offering guests the opportunity to indulge and immerse themselves in their choice of soothing or revitalising therapeutic bathing experiences. This bespoke collection is only found on Seabourn, with the bath prepared on cue by the suite attendant and beautifully decorated with rose petals.
Wellness Program and Mindful Living with Dr. Andrew Weil
Seabourn Encore offers a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental, and spiritual well-being. Among a variety of onboard seminars and classes, the program offers daily restorative yoga that focuses on mantra and positive affirmations.
As an added bonus to life onboard, The Spa at Seabourn’s massage therapists offer blissful Massage Moments on deck to knead away any tension.
An Evening with Sir Tim Rice
Acclaimed English musical theatre lyricist Sir Tim Rice will entertain guests with a concert-style presentation he created exclusively for Seabourn. Sir Tim will take guests on a musical journey through some of his best works, including Evita’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and The Lion King’s “Hakuna Matata.”
Water sports from the Private Seabourn Marina
Just like a luxurious seafront home with its private pontoon, guests can enjoy a number of fun water activities such as kayaking, sailboarding, banana boating, and more, straight off the aft end of the ship, the ship’s exclusive marina.
Destinations and Ventures by Seabourn
From picturesque waterways of great world cities, to the far reaches of the Antarctic, Seabourn visits more than 300 destinations across seven continents offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture, adventure and scenery with activities of their choosing.
Offered on select ports of call, an exciting series of optional for-charge Ventures by Seabourn excursions, offers exhilarating adventures, exploring spectacular destinations. Guided by a highly experienced expedition team, experience thrills such as cruising stunning fjords and waterways, trekking on scenic islands, viewing marine and wildlife, and studying majestic white-blue icebergs.
Open bar with cocktails crafted by “America’s Top Mixologist”
Combining fresh produce, botanicals, and flavours, world-renowned mixologist Brian Van Flandern creates special, hand-crafted cocktails, designed exclusively for Seabourn.
There is an open-bar policy throughout Seabourn’s ships, creating a jovial club-like atmosphere, and complimentary fine wines and spirits are enjoyed with lunch and dinner.
The Suite Life
Every room onboard Seabourn Encore is a thoughtfully designed and tastefully decorated suite. Special touches are prepared in anticipation of your arrival, and you’ll be greeted with chilled Champagne and fresh fruit, a bar stocked to your preference, and a luxurious environment in which to unwind or entertain friends. Accommodations span 13 categories, and verandas add additional space for outdoor living, relaxing in the sun, or private al fresco dining, and all suites boast expansive ocean views.
World-Class lectures with Seabourn Conversations
Seabourn’s onboard enrichment programs features outstanding adventurers, artists, historians, and the business elite, sharing tales of success and personal insights. These distinguished thought leaders not only share their knowledge, but may share meals, adventures ashore and casual chats with guests throughout the voyage.
Furthermore, thanks to Seabourn’s partnership with UNESCO, guests’ experiences are enhanced by deeper insight and behind-the-scenes information about current and future World Heritage sites and projects.