SEATTLE – The award-winning ultra-luxury, small ship cruise line Seabourn marked a major construction milestone for its newest vessel, Seabourn Encore, with the traditional, time-honored coin ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, where two commemorative gold coins were welded to the ship’s mast. Seabourn Encore is set to begin sailing in December 2016.
The longstanding tradition also calls for a “madrina” to preside over the coin ceremony. Serving in this important role was Marnie Tihany, the director of business development for Tihany Design and the wife of Adam D. Tihany, the prominent hospitality designer who is carrying out the line’s design vision to create stunning and beautiful spaces throughout Seabourn Encore.
“The coin ceremony represents not only another momentous milestone in the construction of our beautiful new ship, but also an important step in the evolution of our fleet and our leadership in the ultra-luxury cruise category,” said Seabourn President Richard Meadows. “With less than a year until the launch of Seabourn Encore, we look forward to more exciting milestones in the coming months.”
Seabourn Encore is being fashioned by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, with contemporary interiors and modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line’s reputation for understated elegance. The ship 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 by close to one staff member for each guest on board. The 40,350-GRT ship will be configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy. In addition, every suite will feature a private veranda.
Photo caption: Executives from Seabourn, Holland America Group, Carnival Corporation and Fincantieri celebrate a construction milestone for Seabourn Encore with the traditional, time-honored coin ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. They include Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn (first in back row); Marnie Tihany, the madrina of Seabourn Encore and director of business development of Tihany Design (front row, fourth from left); Adam Tihany, designer for Seabourn Encore (front row, fifth from left); and Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group (last right, back row). (PRNewsFoto/Seabourn).