The world’s newest luxury ship Seabourn Encore sails into Sydney

Seabourn Encore has arrived in Sydney for the first time, becoming the youngest ship to ever visit the Harbour City. Carrying just 600 guests in ultra-luxury style, Seabourn Encore was officially christened in Singapore only three weeks ago.

Her arrival in Sydney on Wednesday night came on the first day of Sydney’s busiest cruise month, with a total of 26 ships scheduled to make 45 calls to Sydney across the 28 days of February, including 15 days where two or more ships will visit.

Seabourn Encore features all-suite accommodation, award-winning cuisine and an open-bar policy throughout the ship. Designed by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany to feel like a luxury yacht, her modern design elements and innovations include The Retreat with private cabanas, a production show created exclusively for Seabourn by lyricist Tim Rice, a wellness programme by Dr Andrew Weil and The Grill restaurant by three-Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller.

The 40,350-GRT Seabourn Encore is making her maiden call to nine Australian ports between 22 January and 17 March 2017, including overnight stays in Cairns (26-27 Jan, 12-13 Mar) and visits to Darwin (22 Jan, 17 Mar), Townsville (28 Jan, 11 Mar), Hamilton Island (29 Jan, 10 Mar), Mooloolaba (8 Mar), Sydney (1 Feb, 6 Mar), Phillip Island (4 Feb), Melbourne (5 Feb, 3 Mar) and Geelong (4 Mar. In total, she will make 15 calls to Australian ports this summer injecting millions of tourism dollars into local economies.

Seabourn Encore is the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet, with sister ship Seabourn Ovation scheduled to launch next year. After spending her first summer cruising local waters, the ship will return for an encore season, offering five 16-day voyages in the region between November 2017 and February 2018. Prices start from AU$ $14,499* per person for a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland on 4 December 2017 or 21 January 2018.

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