SINGAPORE — Guests boarding the new Seabourn Encore may notice that its lines and designs are softer and more curvaceous than the other Seabourn ships, said Adam Tihany, lead designer for the new ship.
The Seabourn Encore arrived here on Jan. 5 on a voyage from the shipyard in Italy where it was built. It is scheduled to depart on Jan. 7 on an inaugural cruise to Bali.
Tihany, president of New York-based Tihany Design, said one example is the Seabourn Square gathering spot on Deck 7 that serves as a library/guest services/coffee bar for the ship. “It’s literally not a square anymore,” he said.
On the Encore, the area has been opened up to guests by lowering partitions that once kept service personnel walled off. Now, the area is shaped in more of a circle. It has also been brightened with a lighter color scheme.
Another example is the bar in the Observation Lounge, which has been converted from a square shape to a circle. Tihany’s design also makes the lounge brighter by incorporating a skylight into the ceiling above the bar.
In addition to being more “sexy” and aesthetically pleasing, the reduction in the number of hard angles and sharp edges will reduce the wear and tear on crew members bumping into these obstacles, Tihany said.
“The ship is taking into consideration how passengers move in space,” Tihany said.
The Encore is the first new Seabourn ship since the 2011 delivery of the Seabourn Quest. It has an additional deck, raising the capacity at double occupancy from 450 to 600 guests.
The design of the previous three Seabourn ships, including Seabourn Odyssey and Seabourn Sojourn, was more “Nordic,” Tihany said. Tthe Encore and its sister ship due in 2018, Seabourn Ovation, will look more like luxury yachts, he said.
Tihany spoke in a news conference on the ship with Seabourn president Rick Meadows. Tihany said his favorite space on the new ship is The Retreat, a relaxation area of 11 cabanas surrounding a whirlpool and covered by an arched canvas dome. Entrance is limited to guests who pay the rental fee for a cabana, which is $349 on sea days and $249 on port days.
Seabourn will ban smoking on the balconies of its ships starting in late November with a Seabourn Quest voyage departing from Buenos Aires.
In a bulletin to loyalty club members, it said changes were being made “to better align with your wishes,” based on surveys conducted during the past year, as well as comments from guests and travel agents.
The rollout of the policy will continue with the Dec. 4 departure of Seabourn Encore from Athens, the Dec. 5 departure of Seabourn Sojourn from Dubai and the Dec. 7 departure of Seabourn Odyssey from Lisbon.
Designated outdoor smoking areas remain, including the starboard half of the Sky Bar on Deck 9, the starboard half of the open terrace aft of The Club on Deck 5 and the starboard side of the open terrace aft of Seabourn Square on Deck. 7.