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Seabourn Ovation reaches important construction milestone

21 June 2016

Last week, the steel-cutting ceremony for what will eventually become Seabourn Cruise Line's brand new pride and joy, the Seabourn Ovation, took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The company's President, Richard Meadows, and Genoa shipyard director, Raffaele Davassi, were both present.

Meadows said that the steel cutting ceremony was an important milestone in the manufacturing process. They were excited, he added, to be present at this crucial moment in the ship's history and were looking forward to seeing her take shape.

He went on to say: "With Adam D. Tihany's extraordinary design vision and the excellent craftsmanship of Fincantieri, Seabourn Ovation will be matched only by its sister ship, Seabourn Encore, as the most beautiful ultra-luxury vessel ever built.”

With a total gross tonnage of 40,350, the Seabourn Ovation will be a mid-sized ship by today's standards, yet she will be bigger than the cruise line's other three Odyssey-class ships, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Odyssey, and Seabourn Quest.

She will also boast an extra deck as well as bigger public areas when she embarks on her maiden sailing in the spring of 2018. Similar to her sibling, the Seabourn Encore, which will be launched in December of this year, the Ovation will have a maximum passenger capacity of 604 in all-suite veranda staterooms.

Drawing his inspiration from Seabourn's rich yachting history, hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany will be responsible for the design of both ships. He will plan all outdoor and indoor guest areas, including the various restaurants, showrooms, The Spa at Seabourn, lounges, casinos, Seabourn Square, and outdoor deck areas.

Author – Andrew White