Arrivals & Departures Lavish Seabourn Encore makes Sydney debut

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In all its luxurious glory, Seabourn Encore sailed into Sydney for the first time this week.

The brand-new 600-guest ship arrived in Sydney on Wednesday night after being christened in Singapore three weeks ago.

The ship's arrival marks Sydney’s busiest cruise month, with a total of 26 ships scheduled to make 45 calls to Sydney during February, including 15 days where two or more ships will visit.

Designed to feel like a luxury yacht by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany, Seabourn Encore features all-suite accommodation, award-winning cuisine and an open-bar policy.

Onboard guests can enjoy The Retreat with private cabanas, an exclusive production show by acclaimed lyricist Tim Rice, a wellness program by Dr. Andrew Weil and The Grill restaurant by three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller.

“A visit to Sydney is always a highlight on our itineraries and our guests have shown such a strong affinity with Australia that we couldn’t resist bringing our newest ship down under. It’s testament to Sydney’s popularity as a world-class cruise destination that Seabourn Encore will visit the city five times in her first 18 months,” Seabourn director of Sales Australia Tony Archbold said.

The 40,350-GRT Seabourn Encore is making her maiden call to nine Australian ports until March 17, including overnight stays in Cairns, visits to Darwin, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Mooloolaba, Sydney, Phillip Island, Melbourne, and Geelong.

During its two-month season down under, Seabourn Encore will offer two 16-day itineraries between Sydney and Auckland and a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Bali via the Queensland coast. 

Following this summer, the ship will return for an encore season offering five 16-day voyages between November 2017 and February 2018. 

Prices start from $14,499 per person, twin share for a 16-day voyage from Sydney to Auckland on December 4, 2017, or January 21, 2018.

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