When ships go bump in the night – or even at port
‘Sexiest’ cruise ship arrives in Tauranga
From the New Zealand Bay of Plenty Times
Feb. 17, 2017 — A cruise ship dubbed the “sexiest ship” which collided with a concrete carrier on Sunday has arrived in Tauranga.
Luxury liner Seabourn Encore arrived in the Port of Tauranga just after 8 am and is expected to leave for Auckland at 6 pm. The ship, nicknamed the “sexiest ship” will return on Tauranga on Sunday, arriving and sailing at the same times.
An investigation into a collision between the luxury liner Seabourn Encore and the Milburn Carrier II has been launched and could take between 12 and 18 months to complete.
The collision happened at the Port of Timaru on Sunday.
A Transport Accident Investigation Commission spokesman said investigators boarded the Seabourn Encore today at Akaroa and spoke to the captain and collected “relevant” materials.
“What we understand is that the Seabourn Encore was docked alongside the Milburn Carrier II when, in high winds, its moorings broke, and it collided with the carrier,” he said. MORE
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: SEABOURN ENCORE CHRISTENED IN SINGAPORE
Singapore, Jan. 07, 2017 —
Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, formally introduced Seabourn Encore to the world at a festive evening ceremony pier side in Singapore today. International recording artist and world’s best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman presided over the naming ceremony as godmother of the new 600-guest ship, the first of two new all-suite vessels for the company.
Guests and VIPs joined Seabourn staff to enjoy the vibrant, entertainment-filled launch festivities as a projection screen showed the climactic moment when Brightman sent a bottle of champagne smashing against the bow of the ship, a time-honored ship christening tradition. A host of local musicians and cultural acts, including lion dancers and stilt walkers, energized the event to send the ship and its guests off in style.
“The launch of Seabourn Encore marks the start of a new era of ultra-luxury cruising,” said Richard Meadows, President of Seabourn. “Seabourn Encore marks a major step forward in terms of growth for our company. This ship is stunningly beautiful and I know guests are going to be absolutely captivated as they step aboard and see it firsthand.”
“We are honored that Singapore hosted the christening of Seabourn’s crown jewel. This event marks another milestone in our partnership with Seabourn Cruise Line and the Carnival Corporation,” added Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board. “It is also a testament to the growing appeal of Southeast Asia as the destination of choice for discerning travelers. We are confident that Seabourn’s guests will enjoy experiencing the rich and diverse offerings of the region, and look forward to welcoming more of Carnival Corporation’s ships to Singapore.”
Following the naming ceremony, Seabourn Encore departed on its Inaugural Voyage, the 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise, bound for Indonesia. The ship will then move on to a 16-day Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast and back-to-back 16-day Australia & New Zealand voyages. The ship will then reverse the earlier 10-day Gems of the Java Sea cruise to Singapore, proceed on 16-day Jewels of India & Arabia cruise to Dubai, and finish her first season with a 19-day Arabian Gems & Holy Land voyage before ending her winter season at Athens on May 5.
Seabourn Encore will spend summer 2017 along the Mediterranean, offering rich and diverse itineraries including a 7-day Greek & Italian Jewels cruise departing from Piraeus (Athens), Greece on May 6, followed by a 7-day Riviera Allure voyage departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy on May 13. She will go on to offer a series of 7-, 10-, and 14-day cruises throughout the region, including a dynamic Mediterranean Moments itinerary that departs Barcelona (Spain) on June 3 and makes stops along the charming cities and coastal villages of France, Monaco, Italy and Greece. In August, the ship will finish summer with a 10- or 20-Day UNESCO Gems of the Western Mediterranean cruise, arriving in Barcelona, Spain, on September 13 for the start of its autumn season.
Seabourn Encore is the fourth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet and the first of two ships to be designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany. The second, Seabourn Ovation, is currently under construction and is scheduled to launch in spring 2018.
Intended by Tihany “to feel more like a luxury yacht,” Seabourn Encore features modern design elements and innovations in keeping with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance, as well as one additional deck and newly expanded public areas. New features include The Retreat, a secluded for-charge sanctuary for guests to stretch out and relax in private cabanas, and Sushi, a one-of-a-kind dining destination found on no other ship in the Seabourn fleet.
With the inaugural voyage, Seabourn Encore is also marking the formal debut of several new onboard partner programs. Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil is being introduced in partnership with The Onboard Spa by Steiner, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being. A new production show, ‘An Evening with Tim Rice’, created exclusively for Seabourn in association with Belinda King Creative Productions, will also have its debut on board in the ship’s Grand Salon. Seabourn Encore will also feature The Grill by Thomas Keller, a restaurant inspired by the classic American chophouse that first opened on Seabourn Quest last year. All three partner programs will be rolled out across the entire Seabourn fleet by 2018.