Cruise Watch: Seabourn Follows Fathom & Crystal, With Luxury Launch News About 2016

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More premium cruise news:  After the recent Fathom “social impact cruise experience” due next spring, and the  Crystal announcement of new ultra-luxury sea and air transportation, we can now anticipate another exciting upscale launch due in 2016. Seabourn has revealed design renderings of the luxurious all-suite, all-veranda accommodations on Seabourn Encore,  the line’s newest, ultra-luxury ship.

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Like everything on board the Seabourn Encore, the suites are envisioned by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, who blended modern design elements and innovations consistent with understated elegance. In 2014, Seabourn began phasing out the three original ships that started it all, more than two decades before. Their departure, and the arrival of Seabourn Encore in 2016 and Seabourn Ovation in 2018,  prepares a new era.

The ship will feature 300 suites with private verandas. The majority range from nearly 300 square feet for the standard veranda suite, plus a private veranda that is up to 74 square feet, to upwards of 1,300 square feet for the Wintergarden suites, which also feature verandas of nearly 200 square feet. “As on every one of our ships, guests will feel right at home when they enter their suite aboard Seabourn Encore,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s President. “The suites will offer many thoughtful amenities and personal touches that we are known for, and will be designed with the style and elegance our guests have come to love and expect.”

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Drawing inspiration from the line’s yachting heritage, suites will evoke a residential atmosphere with high-level finishes and furniture, and mahogany wood. Subtle nautical references in blue and white-detailed carpet and tailored white stitched upholstered headboards adorn each suite. Modern bathrooms will be all marble, and in the Penthouse Suite in particular, guests will have the option of closing off a patterned glass wall to the living room to create a distinctive and private bedroom space.

In-suite features and amenities will include a separate living room area for enjoying ocean views or in-suite dining; ample storage with personal safe, and a walk-in closet, which is especially valuable when used as a dressing room in such close quarters. A complimentary mini-bar stocked and refilled daily with guests’ preferences and choice of wine and spirits is a convenient way to nosh whenever, without having to leave the suite. Personal Suite Stewardess’ service will include welcome champagne and canapés and drawing something evocatively called “a Pure Pampering bath.”

In each bathroom, polished stone, gleaming hardware and sparkling mirrors will highlight a full tub, shower, double sinks, and bespoke bath products from Molton Brown. Entertainment options include an interactive flat-screen TV system featuring hundreds of movies, music, and shipboard programming featuring lectures and live views from the bridge, as well as a selection of broadcast network television and radio channels.

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Seabourn Encore will feature modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The ship will be configured with one additional deck and expanded public areas, and will accommodate just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.

This vessel is one more reason to look forward to stellar upgrades in 2016 cruising, a year that promises some of the most exciting and varied opportunities for luxury cruisers ever.

By Lea Lane Courtesy Forbes

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