A bottle breaks on Seabourn Encore's bow to mark the significant occasion (Image:Filippo Vinardi)
Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Encore was floated out of her drydock at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard in Italy on 4 March.
To mark the construction milestone, the ship’s madrina – Marnie Tihany, the director of business development for Tihany Design and wife of hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany – cut the cord to start the flow of water into the building dock. Seabourn Encore will now undergo final construction at Fincantieri’s oufitting dock before launching in December 2016.
"Seeing Seabourn Encore in the water is a very special moment and represents another important step toward the completion of our highly anticipated ship,” said Richard Meadows, Seabourn’s president. “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."Modelled on Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships, the 41,700gt Seabourn Encore is the first of two luxury cruise ships Fincantieri will build for the line over the next three years. The ship will be configured with one additional deck, new expanded public areas, suites with private verandas and is expected to carry just 600 guests.
Passengers can follow the ship’s progress via a dedicated microsite.