Today, Seabourn marked a major construction milestone with a traditional coin and launch ceremony for its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri, Italy.
Jan Stearman, Seabourn’s longest-serving female shipboard team member, along with Seabourn President Richard Meadows, Fincantieri Shipyard Director Paolo Capobianco and Seabourn Ovation Captain Stig Betten observed the welding of two commemorative gold coins to the ship’s mast. Stearman then cut the ship’s cord to allow water to flow into the ship’s building dock. Seabourn Ovation will be “floated out” from its dry dock and moved to its outfitting dock at the shipyard, where it will undergo final construction until the ship is delivered in 2018.
“Watching the coin ceremony and seeing Seabourn Ovation officially touch the water for the first time today was a very special moment for all of us at Seabourn, representing a significant step toward the further expansion of our luxury fleet,” Meadows said. “Many guests and partners across the travel industry have expressed their enthusiasm for the arrival of this incredible ship following the successful debut in December 2016 of her sister ship, Seabourn Encore.”
Like sister ship Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation is being designed by notable hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany with contemporary interiors, modern design elements, and innovations consistent with Seabourn’s reputation for understated elegance.
Seabourn Ovation will maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly intuitive and personalised service for each guest on board. The all-suite ship will offer a number of desirable in-suite amenities to provide guests with a “home-away-from-home” on board experience. In every luxurious suite, there will be a private veranda, providing sweeping oceanfront views and spacious enough for private al fresco dining. Each suite will also include a comfortable living area with sofa seating and a desk/dining table, a walk-in closet, in-suite entertainment options and a superbly appointed marble bathroom with luxury bath products, including the new exclusive Seabourn Signature Scents by Molton Brown. A personal bar and refrigerator will be stocked according to guest preferences.
Following the ship’s delivery in May 2018, Seabourn Ovation will embark on an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain. Seabourn Ovation will go on to spend the majority of her maiden season cruising Northern Europe, offering seven-day Baltic and Scandinavian cruises between Copenhagen and Stockholm, which will include the line’s signature three-day stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.