The Seabourn Encore is the first in a new class of ship for Seabourn. She is larger than her predecessors, accommodating 600 guests – 31% more than the earlier Odyssey class ships.
However the layout and dimensions of each Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite are almost identical to those on the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. The real difference is in the decor by Adam D. Tihany. The sharp Nordic-style lines of the Odyssey class have been replaced by gentle curves that evoke the glamorous days of the great ocean liners. Tihany’s decor is elegant and bright with a subtle palette of blues and creams, offset by dark timber highlights and gleaming chrome accents.
The attractive Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite is the most popular type of accommodation onboard. These spacious suites all feature a private veranda and are positioned forward and midship over seven passenger decks.
The layout of the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite will be familiar to those who have sailed on other Seabourn ships. A wide entry hall runs down one side of the suite with a vanity area and makeup mirror. Off the hall is a sumptuous marble bathroom and a walk-in closet. The living space is divided into two distinct sections with a bedroom at one end and a well designed sitting area at the other. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead on to the private veranda.
The Seabourn Encore Veranda Suites are the same size as those on the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest. Each Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite boasts an impressive 28 sq. m. / 302 sq. ft. of internal space, plus a veranda which measures 6-7 sq. m. / 68-83 sq. ft. A handful of Veranda Suites are slightly smaller, with 23 sq. m. / 246 sq. ft. of internal space.
Elegant living space
The living space of the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite exudes an air of sophisticated elegance. Designed by Adam D. Tihany who’s been responsible for the decor of some of the worlds finest hotels, it features a soothing cool palette of blues and creams. This is accented by dark wood fittings and a beautiful geometric patterned carpet.
As is typical for Seabourn the living space is divided into two distinct zones: a restful sleeping area and a tastefully decorated sitting space. In the sleeping area guests can choose a queen or twin bed setup. Either way the bedding is framed by a beautifully crafted, cream coloured leather bedhead bordered by dark timber inlays and ornate reading lamps. The mattress is exceptionally comfortable and guests may choose to have the bed made with either a duvet or blanket, depending on the climate. A pillow selection is also available.
There are ingenious dual compartment bedside tables on either side with special sliding upper draws for eye-glasses and small personal items.
We note that the bed is not quite high enough to fit some of the newer types of large hard-shell luggage beneath. Some guests may find this bothersome.
At the foot of the bed is a sideboard cabinet topped with dove grey marble. It provides lots of extra shelf storage space. Fresh flowers, courtesy of Seabourn, sit atop the sideboard.
Separating the sleeping and sitting areas are two unobtrusive, dark wood cabinets. These provide a visual divide between the spaces. One contains the mini bar while the other houses the entertainment unit and provides general storage space. Here too, Tihany’s design touch can be seen in the unique, gleaming chrome cupboard handles.
Thanks to Tihany’s smart decor the sitting area of the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite feels even more spacious than that of the Odyssey class ships. This inviting space features a comfortable 3-seater sofa on one side, while on the other is a beautifully designed glass-topped dining table and hand-crafted blue and cream coloured leather chairs. The glass table has the effect of opening up the space even more.
A cleverly designed round ottoman doubles as a coffee table with a top that flips to reveal a dark wood tray. Inside, the ottoman has space for more storage.
Sadly, we note that soundproofing in the living space of the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite is not ideal. At the time of reviewing we could hear the television and voices from the neighbouring suite.
The Adam D. Tihany bathroom
The Adam D. Tihany designed bathroom is perhaps the highlight of the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite. It sparkles with beautifully crafted chrome fittings and gleaming white and dove grey marble.
The bathroom boasts double vanities, a full size bath and separate shower with Grohe fittings. There is a generous amount of storage space around the vanities and on the shelving below. The bathroom setup includes Molton Brown spa products made exclusively for Seabourn.
The veranda is the ideal place to spend time with a good book or watching the sun set over the ocean. This extra deep, spacious area measures up to 7 sq. m. / 83 sq. ft. and easily accommodates a set of reclining deck chairs with ottomans and a large table.
One point worth noting is that unlike on the Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest the V1-V6 category verandas on Seabourn Encore are not teak. Rather they are the faux-timber style common to the pool decks of less luxurious ships.
There is ample storage space in the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite. A walk-in wardrobe is accessed from the hall with plenty of wooden hangers and deep draws.
Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite positions
There are 267 elegant Veranda Suites on Seabourn Encore. They are spread over seven passenger decks, from deck 5 to 11. The largest number of Veranda Suites are located on decks 6 ,7 and 8 – with between 50 to 64 suites on each. For a greater sense of intimacy we recommend choosing a suite on deck 10 or 11 where there are no more than 12 Veranda Suites plus a handful of premium suites.
The Seabourn Encore Veranda Suites are grouped into 6 categories (V1 to V6) and Seabourn sell them accordingly. While the layout of the suites is identical across the categories there are two significant points of difference to be aware of:
1. Position on the ship V1 – V4 category suites are located forward or on lower decks, while V5 – V6 have preferred midship or high deck locations.
2. Veranda railings The more expensive V3 – V6 category suites feature all-glass veranda railings from floor to teak rail, while V1 – V2 category suites are part metal, part glass from floor to teak rail.
Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite inclusions
The Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite includes the following amenities:
Welcome Champagne and canapés.
Queen-size bed or two twin beds.
Choice of pillows to suit your preference.
Nightly turndown service.
Pleasant seating area with expansive ocean view.
Fully stocked bar and refrigerator.
Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower.
A selection of designer soaps.
Interactive flat-screen TV with music and movies.
Walk-in closet with personal safe.
Writing desk with personalised stationery.
A world atlas.
Laundry and dry cleaning service (at charge).
Plush robes and slippers.
110/220V AC power outlets.
Thanks to Tihany’s touch the Seabourn Encore Veranda Suite is undoubtedly one of the most elegant and cleverly designed rooms at sea. The spacious layout and stunning designer bathroom make it a real winner.