Luxury cruise line Seabourn will make it easy for cruisers to get the best ocean views possible with its new Observation Deck aboard Seabourn Encore, a 600-guest ship that will debut in December.
Located on Deck 11 and surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the Observation Bar will be the highest indoor viewing point on the ship, offering 270-degree forward-facing views for guests to enjoy at sea and in port. The centerpiece of the lounge will be a dramatic, semi-circular skylight to cast sunlight and moonlight over the bar area, while leather lounge chairs and high-backed barstools surround the square bar.
According to Seabourn, the Observation Bar will feature a variety of culinary and beverage services every day from morning until night. In the morning, it will offer the Early Morning Riser continental breakfast, while afternoons will feature the line’s popular daily white glove tea service. As the sun sets and well into the evening, the lounge will transform into a destination for cocktails, canapés, and piano entertainment before and after dinner.
“The Observation Bar is a stunning space that our guests will be able to enjoy throughout the day,” says Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “It will be an ideal place to relax and share conversation with fellow guests while enjoying remarkable views.”
Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionized ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. Seabourn Encore will maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalized service. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.
Designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore will feature modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas. Every suite will feature a private veranda.
Seabourn is slowly revealing each of the public spaces and amenities the new ship will offer. Earlier this month it took the wraps off The Retreat, a relaxation sanctuary. A tranquil setting housed in a distinctive flower-shaped canopy that shields guests from sun and wind, The Retreat is ringed with 15 private cabanas, which cost $350 per couple, per day, designed as individual luxury living rooms that each feature a large HD flat screen television and a refrigerator stocked with a personalized selection of beverages. An additional Spa Treatment Cabana is also available for guests to enjoy personalized spa services.
The Retreat is located around a central whirlpool with step-up access to water maintained at an inviting temperature. Up to 28 guests can stretch out on comfortable sun loungers; pull up a bar stool or take a table seat for champagne and cocktails custom created by Seabourn mixologists; or enjoy a selection of bites from a healthy spa menu. A selection of amenities include fresh fruit baskets, premium sun lotions, Evian mist spray, plush towels and personalized bathrobes, while a dedicated Retreat Concierge will be available to satisfy guest requests.
A 16-day Holy Land and Arabian Gems cruise, from Athens to Dubai in early December, begins at $4,999 per person, double occupancy.