Seabourn Encore Review

Seabourn Encore Rating

4.5
Our expert rating for the Seabourn Encore
Overview
Rooms & Suites
Dining
Nightlife
Wellness

Ship facts

Cruise line:
Seabourn
Number of passengers:
600
Name of ship:
Seabourn Encore
Kids friendly:
No
Maiden voyage:
2017
What you'll love:
Designer marble bathrooms in every suite
Refurbished:
Never
Gripes:
None

Ship facts

Cruise line:
Seabourn
Name of ship:
Seabourn Encore
Maiden voyage:
2017
Refurbished:
Never
Number of passengers:
600
Kids friendly:
No
What you'll love:
Designer marble bathrooms in every suite
Gripes:
None

Seabourn Encore Review In Brief


Our Seabourn Encore review describes the accommodation, restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreation facilities on board this luxury cruise ship. Seabourn Encore has style and sophistication. It is the first in a new class of ship for Seabourn which offers more space and some brand new concepts.

Overview


Seabourn Encore has more of everything. There’s more space, more luxury and more amenities. In this Seabourn Encore review we’ll explain what makes her different to the other ships in the Seabourn fleet. Our review also rates the rooms & suites, restaurants, bars and recreation facilities.

What’s hot

  • Ultra-luxury suites.
  • Free wine, Champagne and spirits.
  • World-class dining.

What’s not

  • The Club with its strange bar.
  • Can seem crowded on sea days.
  • Faux-teak verandas.

About Seabourn Encore

Seabourn Encore debuted in 2017. She is the first in the new Encore-class of cruise liners. She is also significantly bigger than the intimate yacht-like ships that made Seabourn famous. Seabourn Encore has space for 600 guests, which is 31% more than Seabourn Odyssey, Quest and Sojourn.

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However, just like those smaller Seabourn cruise ships almost all of the suites on Seabourn Encore are positioned mid ship and forward. Indeed, there are only five suites at the back of Seabourn Encore. These are called Penthouse Spa Suites and they are accessed from the Spa at Seabourn.

Coffee in Seabourn Square on Seabourn Encore.

Coffee in Seabourn Square on Seabourn Encore.

A larger ship means more space. However, it also means service can slip. We noted service levels had slipped slightly during our review, perhaps this is because of the increased number of guests on board.

In spite of this there is a lot to love about the ship, as our Seabourn Encore review shows. She is undoubtedly beautiful, both inside and out. The famed hotel and restaurant designer Adam D. Tihany created her interiors. Gentle curves evoke the glamour of the great ocean liners. There are splashes of navy blue as well as dark wood-grained timber finishes. Chrome highlights catch the eye. Seabourn Encore is a delight with great dining venues and spacious rooms and suites.

We’re pleased to report that since our Seabourn Encore review sailing in January 2017 an ironing room and self-service laundry have been installed. This is a welcome addition.

Seabourn Encore is all inclusive

Your Seabourn cruise fare is all inclusive. That includes all meals (there are no speciality dining supplements) as well as Champagne, wines and spirits. When we reviewed Seabourn Encore the house Champagne was Nicolas Feuillatte. Bottled water and soft drinks are also included, as well as speciality tea and coffee.

Nicolas Feuillatte champagne served during our Seabourn Encore review.

Nicolas Feuillatte champagne served during our Seabourn Encore review.

Also included are gratuities, so there’s no need to tip.  Although you might consider rewarding good service if a staff member goes above and beyond the call of duty. Seabourn also include a shuttle service between the port and town if it’s not nearby. Guests also get a tote bag which is very handy on shore excursions or when visiting the pool.

For an additional charge guests can purchase premium alcoholic beverages.

Our Seabourn Encore review gives dining a big thumbs-up

Dining is a highlight of any voyage on Seabourn Encore. The quality of the produce is exceptional, the presentation is perfect and the tastes are sublime. Seabourn have a great reputation when it comes to food as you will see from our dining rating in this Seabourn Encore review.

There are five dining venues on board Seabourn Encore. These include the main dining room known as The Restaurant, as well as The Colonnade and the poolside Patio. There are also two specialty venues: Sushi and The Grill by Thomas Keller. In-suite dining is also available 24-hours a day.

Our Seabourn Encore review describes the food and service in each restaurant.

Light snacks and coffee are served throughout the day in the ever popular Seabourn Square.

What to wear on Seabourn Encore

The Seabourn Encore dress code ranges from resort casual to formal. During the day you can wear casual, resort-style clothing like shorts, jeans and T-shirts. After 6:00pm guests wear either elegant casual or formal. Your daily Herald will indicate this. For men elegant casual attire includes slacks and a shirt (jacket optional), for women slacks, skirt and blouse.

On formal nights guests will require a Tuxedo, suit or evening gown if they are dining in The Restaurant. Other indoor venues simply ask that men wear a jacket. However, during our Seabourn Encore review voyage many guests chose to dress up even if they weren’t dining in The Restaurant on formal nights.

The number of formal nights depends on the cruise duration. Cruises up to 13 days have one formal evening. There are two formal evenings on cruises of 14 to 20 days and three on longer voyages.

Who sails on Seabourn Encore

Seabourn Encore is proving to be very popular. When we did our Seabourn Encore review many guests were Seabourn regulars keen to try out the new ship.

The guests are mostly well travelled. The majority of them come from the U.S.A. and U.K. although there’s usually a contingent of Australians and Europeans on board too.

Seabourn Encore is gay-friendly.

Seabourn Encore review conclusion

All in all the Seabourn Encore feels luxurious yet relaxed. It also has a terrific nautical vibe. As you will see from our Seabourn Encore review, when it comes to opulence on the high seas Seabourn Encore is as good as it gets. Visit the Seabourn website for Seabourn Encore voyages and destinations.

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