The Seabourn Encore has left dry dock in an elaborate float out ceremony.
The ship touched water for the first time today in the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera Italy as the cord was cut to deliver water to the dock.
The cord was cut by Marnie Tihany, wife of the interior designer responsible for the Seabourn Encore.
Richard Meadows, Seabourn President said: “Seeing Seabourn Encore in the water is a very special moment and represents another important step toward the completion of our highly-anticipated ship. We continue to hear from our guests and travel industry partners about their excitement for this incredible ship, and they are just as eager as we are to welcome her to the Seabourn family later this year.”
The ceremony was even attended by a priest who gave the vessel blessing during the traditional ceremony.
The ship will now continue to be built and be finished by the end of 2016. It will be part of Seabourn’s “Odysseus” class ships which feature the lines high ratio of space per guest.
The Encore will accommodate 600 guests (based on double occupancy) and will weigh in at a light 40,350 gross tons. Features include a private veranda for every suite and a new deck with expanded public areas.
There are currently three ships in the fleet, with the Seabourn Encore bringing it to four when she launches.
You can see more of what the ship will look like here.
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