L-R Captain Mark Dexter, Sarah Brightman and Seabourn President Rick Meadows at the Seabourn Encore inaugural ceremony in Singapore
L-R Captain Mark Dexter, Sarah Brightman and Seabourn President Rick Meadows at the Seabourn Encore inaugural ceremony in Singapore

Seabourn has unveiled its latest ship Seabourn Encore to the world at a glamorous evening ceremony in Singapore at the weekend.

Richard Meadows, President of Seabourn, said: “The launch of Seabourn Encore not only marks the start of a new era in ultra-luxury cruising but also a major step forward in terms of growth for our company. This ship is stunningly beautiful and I know guests are going to be absolutely captivated as they step aboard. They will feel the connection with the rest of the fleet – but also the evolution.”

International recording artist and soprano Sarah Brightman presided over the naming ceremony as godmother of the new 600-guest ship, the first of two new all-suite vessels for the company.

Guests and VIPs joined Seabourn staff to enjoy the vibrant, entertainment-filled launch celebrations, as a projection screen showed the climactic moment when Brightman sent a bottle of champagne smashing against the bow of the ship.

Seabourn Encore is the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet and the first of two ships to be designed by the iconic hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany. The second, Seabourn Ovation, is currently under construction and is scheduled to launch in spring 2018. Describing the décor of Seabourn Encore, Tihany said: “It’s all off-white, like a very delicate Japanese eggshell and the bar is bespoke, with Venetian glass fixtures to create a shimmering effect.”

Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, added: “We are honoured that Singapore hosted the christening of Seabourn’s crown jewel. This event is another milestone in our partnership with Seabourn and the Carnival Corporation. It is also testament to the growing appeal of Southeast Asia as the destination of choice for discerning travellers.

“We are confident that Seabourn’s guests will enjoy experiencing the rich and diverse offerings of the region, and look forward to welcoming more of Carnival Corporation’s ships to Singapore.”

Seabourn Encore will spend its maiden season sailing the Pacific Rim before returning to Europe in May 2017 to spend the summer in the Mediterranean.

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