When you’re joining a family renowned for its magnificence and highly-lauded for its innovation and service, it would seem that you would have some pretty high expectations to meet. When your sister before you already set the precedence for providing the ultimate in sea-faring luxury, you would be forgiven for thinking you would only pale in comparison. However, borne from some of the finest that hospitality and cruising has to offer, Seabourn’s newest addition to its family, Seabourn Ovation, was never going to be anything less than magnificent herself.
Seabourn Ovation, sister to Seabourn Encore, is set to spread her wings in 2018 but is now taking bookings for her maiden season. Her debut will see her call at ports throughout Northern Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Mediterranean from May through to November of 2018.
President of Seabourn, Richard Meadows, commented on the line’s preparation in welcoming its latest production, “We are very excited to begin taking reservations and building anticipation for the diverse range of itineraries for the maiden season of Seabourn Ovation, and we look forward to providing guests with opportunities to explore some of the most culturally significant, naturally beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyable destinations within Europe on the world’s newest ultra-luxury ship.”
The ship herself is due for delivery in the first half of 2018 with her 11-day inaugural voyage set to depart on the 5th May where she will sail from Venice to Barcelona. She will hail at the picturesque cities and municipalities of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Malta, Italy, France, and Spain, cruising the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas.
Most of Seabourn Ovation’s days during her maiden season will be spent at sea in exploration of the Baltic, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. You can choose from a string of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavia itineraries that go between Stockholm and Copenhagen. This includes Seabourn’s signature three-day stay in St Petersburg. If you’re looking for something longer, you can opt for a 14-day voyage which features the British Isles and the astounding Norwegian fjords.
Seabourn Ovation, together with Seabourn Encore, is continuing a legacy set by its predecessors Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest and – the original and game-changer in the small ship cruise line world – Seabourn Odyssey. Seabourn Ovation will continue to define the new era of modern ultra-luxury cruising with innovative itineraries and ‘intuitive’ hospitality.
Refinement starts with the design, and Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation were devised with the help of acclaimed designer, Adam D Tihany. Tihany is a master in creating ostensibly intimate spaces and have done so for the world’s leading hospitality brands.
In designing Searbourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, Tihany took into special consideration that guests spend most of their time on board. Passengers spend a week or more aboard the vessels socialising, dining, resting whilst exploring the ports of call and Tihany understood that they should be stimulated by their environment and surrounds. Such is reflected on board in the sophisticated colour palette of muted browns and creams with splashes of deep blue, fine fabrics, and lustrous finishes.
The new vessel will also feature an additional deck and expanded public areas, as well as private verandas for every suite, all whilst maintaining Searbourn’s preference for understated elegance.
Ever wanted to bottle the smells of your travels? The introduction of Seabourn Signature Scents does just that – it has captured guests’ discoveries of the world’s most desirable destinations in its line of exotic fragrances created by Molton Brown and designed exclusively for Seabourn guests. This range also marks Seabourn’s 14-year partnership with the leading London-based upmarket cosmetic brand.
Keeping the Classics
Though Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation are designed with a fresh vision to launch the Seabourn line into the current world with the youngest and most modern ultra-luxury fleet in the industry, the classics that customers have come to know of the brand will continue on aboard Seabourn Ovation.
This includes a high ratio of space per guest and the meticulous standard of personalised service per guest from a skilled team of staff members ‘for whom hospitality is a calling’. On board, you will find the same intimate environment where there are no more than 300 suites.
You will delight in beholding the spacious areas that have been designed with thoughtful detail evident in the walk-in closets, elegant bathrooms, and luxurious sleeping and lounging areas. A wide range of luxury accommodation styles are available; the Wintergarden Suite, Signature Suites, Owners Suite, Penthouse Suite & Penthouse Spa Suite, and Veranda Suite – where you will receive exceptional service regardless of what category you choose.