MV Seabourn Encore

MV Seabourn Encore is an luxury cruise ship built by Fincantieri of Italy for Seabourn Cruise Line. The first of a new class of ships about 26% larger than Seabourn's three Odyssey-class vessels, she holds about 34% more passengers, based on double occupancy.[3] She was delivered on November 30, 2016.[4] Sister ship of MV Seabourn Ovation.

Seabourn Encore, in the harbour of Sète, France
History
Name: Seabourn Encore
Operator: Seabourn Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Bahamas
Builder: Fincantieri
Laid down: September 15, 2015
Launched: March 4, 2016[1]
Completed: November 30, 2016
In service: January 7, 2017
Identification:
General characteristics
Class and type: Encore-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 41,865 GT[2]
Length: 210.5 m (690 ft 7 in)
Beam: 28 m (91 ft 10 in)
Draught: 6.53 m (21 ft 5 in)
Installed power:
Speed:
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) (cruise)
  • 18.6 knots (34.4 km/h; 21.4 mph) (max)
Capacity: 604 passengers

Concept and construction

Seabourn signed a letter of intent for the construction of Seabourn Encore in October 2013,[5] and announced her name in January 2015.[6] A steel plate-cutting ceremony was held in April 2015.[7] The ship is 210 meters long with a 28-meter beam, and has a cruising speed of 18.6 knots (37 km/h).[8]

Architecture and equipment

Seabourn Encore is larger than the Odyssey-class vessels, with an additional deck and expanded public areas. Adam D. Tihany, a well-known hospitality interior designer, was appointed to design the indoor and outdoor guest facilities. According to Fincantieri, fuel consumption is “significantly reduced” by optimization of the ship’s hydrodynamics.[7]

Service history

Seabourn Encore entered service in January 2017, following two "pre-inaugural" cruises departing in December 2016.[9] She had a naming ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017, and then departed on her official maiden voyage, a 10-day cruise to Bali, Indonesia.[10] After the maiden voyage, which sold out in just two days,[11] Seabourn Encore headed to Australia.[10]

In February 2017, Seabourn Encore was involved in a collision with the concrete carrier Milburn Carrier II after her mooring snapped during heavy winds.[12] The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission inquired into the incident , reporting in April 2019,[13] and urging that port companies should know the safe working loads of their moorings and have high quality monitoring of weather conditions

References

  1. "Seabourn Encore Launched at Fincantieri's Marghera Yard". March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  2. "Seabourn Encore". Fincantieri. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  3. Sloan, Gene (January 21, 2014). "New Seabourn ship to be line's biggest ever". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  4. "Fincantieri: consegna nave crociera extra-lusso 'Seabourn Encore' (3)". metronews.it. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  5. Sloan, Gene (October 18, 2013). "Another super-snazzy cruise ship is on the way". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  6. Sloan, Gene (January 29, 2015). "First look at luxury line Seabourn's next ship". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  7. Norton Masek, Theresa (April 13, 2015). "Construction Starts on Seabourn's New Luxury Ship". TravelPulse.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. http://corrieredelveneto.corriere.it/veneto/notizie/cronaca/2016/30-novembre-2016/fincantieri-pronta-crociera-extralusso-consegnata-seabourn-encore-2401097658215.shtml?refresh_ce-cp
  9. Forgione, Mary (March 4, 2015). "Seabourn opens sales for newest ship Encore's 2016 and 2017 cruises". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  10. Macmillan, Sally (March 25, 2015). "Encore's inaugural". traveller.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  11. Norton Masek, Theresa (March 6, 2015). "Seabourn Encore Inaugural Voyage Sells Out in Two Days". TravelPulse.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  12. "Cruise ship collides with vessel after moorings fail in light winds". Stuff. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  13. "MO-2017-204: Passenger vessel Seabourn Encore, breakaway from wharf and collision with bulk cement carrier at Timaru, 12 February 2017". taic.org.nz. Retrieved May 9, 2019.


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