Seabourn Encore

Seabourn

AT A GLANCE

Ship Info

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations aboard ship l Onboard meals l Beverages including select wines, champagnes, and spirits  beer, soft drinks, bottled water l Onboard Staff Gratuities l Entertainment and onboard programs

Not Included

  • Airfare l Port Charges, Taxes, Security Fees and Fuel Surcharge l Shore Excursions l Personal expenses l Some premium wine, champagne, and spirit selections are not included in your fare l Anything not noted as included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
2016
Tonnage
40350 Tons
Public Decks
10
Passenger Capacity
604
Crew
450
Registry
Information was not provided

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Great hostess

By: Betbet10


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2016

All aspects of trip went smoothly. Dee was always on top of details😘
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Best of the Best

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2016

Our trip was the best of the best top of the line all the way. The airline flights, transfers from the airports to the hotels, excellent hotel accommodations, transfers from hotels to and from the ship where top of the line. Ship accommodations excellent as well. One of our City Attorney's who we work with wants Julie's contact information after we discussed out trip with him. He is Lonnie Groot City Attorney for the City of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Powers

Nothing Like What We Expected

By: Jazbo


Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2017

We've sailed on all the Seabourn ships, from Pride to (now) Encore, with the Odyssey class Sisters in between. We expected to not like the larger Encore, but, honestly, it felt less crowded than the Odyssey-class ships. Very deluxe, much more sophisticated in every regard, with vastly improved food and restaurant venues. The new Thomas Keller Grill is world class, as is the new Sushi Restaurant. Colonnade and Patio Grill offerings are even better. The Retreat with its private cabana set up is very very nice, with even more attentive service - a hard thing to imagine-- than you get by the pool. Shore Excursions continue to slightly disappoint. Really don't like the lack of discipline re. tour departures. If people can manage to show up 15 minutes past the scheduled departure time, they should be left behind. Many of the excursions still aren't Seabourn-class...in terms of content/execution, they could be Carnival excursions. The spa has been reborn: now first rate.
Travel Advisor:  LynnDee King

Seabourn

By: marzipan


Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2017

Very good, as usual.
Travel Advisor:  Coleen Noble

good cruise

By: vos


Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

very comfortable. the rooms were a little smaller. the food was very good, especially breakfast and lunch. It was easy getting on and off the ship. All the crew and officers were very personable. smaller- to narrow
Travel Advisor:  Lynda Johnson

NZ/Australia

By: Betbet


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2017

Maiden Voyage Fantastic ship Excellent food @ all venues Great gym/spa Handicap stateroom worked wonderfully well
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Australian Cruise Review

By: Ellie


Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2017

Ship was fabulous. Stateroom was outstanding and were general areas. The entertainment was outstanding too--night after night. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was good but not really outstanding.
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

Seabourne encore

By: Jorja


Reviewed on: 27 May 2017

The best ship-----service, food, beautiful decoration, they improved much more than the rest of the seabourne ships.
Travel Advisor:  Francis Contreras

Elegant ship

By: wandering willy


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2017

It was fine, somewhat compromised by my health issues, which obliged me to leave the cruise two days early, but ship's personnel were extremely helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

outstanding new ship

By: Bill & Janet


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

The staff go out of their way to ensure you have a great time. I don't think "no" is in their vocabulary. The food is great at each of their restaurants, the accommodations are very nice, and the ship itself provides a smooth sail.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Encore

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

We have sailed many times but never with Seabourn but the Encore was the finest ship we have ever sailed on--the service with Silver Seas is always exceptional and Seabourn was on a par with Silver Seas in regard to service.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kelly

ship report

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2017

A wonderful ship and cruise line. The service and amenities are the best ever.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Strickland

encore

By: craig


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

excellent! great food, service, and wonderful amenities-
Travel Advisor:  Linda Terrill
Not Recommended

Cruising

By: CAB


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

This was our 4th sailing with Seabourn, although the first in 10 years. We were excited to be travelling on the new Encore. It seems that the line hasn't made the transition to the larger ship as well as it might have. Fortunately the new self-service laundry was operational just before we boarded, it's always a necessity. The set up of staff at the "help desks" in the Square is unsatisfactory. The food was excellent and the staff were good. Our Penthouse cabin was generous in size but stupidly had 7 internal doors which was weird. The dressing room hanging was generous, but the drawer situation was all over the cabin.After spending 18 days in the western Mediterranean we decided that Seabourn won't be on our agenda again.

Tale of two cities

By: Vegan


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Cruise was good, excursions were hit or miss. Seabourn was not very responsive to multiple problems with tours
Travel Advisor:  Beth Flowers

Summer Vacation

By: Dena Diorio


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

It was outstanding
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Cutter

It's all in the details...

By: MK


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2017

and Seabourn know and appreciates this. It is evident in everything they do; the focus is on "yes" and the willingness to please their guests. Great experience from check-in to bag pickup on departure.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Seabourn travel

By: cwhzog


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

A luxurious ride with all amenities included. Stateroom was very roomy and bedding was fabulous. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable and able to manage any request. Food and dining choices were outstanding. Passenger comfort and safety were obvious high points of our experience.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Allen-Speer

We love Seabourn

By: Bill and Irene


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Fabulous service, great ship after 150 days aboard everything is still great
Travel Advisor:  Karan Cowden-Cave

encore

By: john macaniff


Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2017

very nice ship, great crew, food excellent, suites very small, casino a joke, overall a positive reaction
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Another Great Seabourn Cruise, But A Few Areas of Improvement Needed

By: DWAR8816


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

We very much enjoyed our recent cruise on the Encore and as much as our former cruise on Seabourn's Quest. Encore is newer with an updated design and there have been some personal convenience changes (i.e. multiple dual US & European outlets, 40" TV with better in-suite entertainment selection, a larger modern passenger laundry, etc.) which are positive additions. However, we would rate there overall level of service we received on Encore to be not at the same superior level we previously experienced on Quest. For example, breakfast service in the Colonade Dining Room was regularly slow and follow-up inconsistent. Many staff members spent more attention chatting with peers rather than looking for opportunities to better serve passengers. Seabourn level service was always present in The Thomas Keller, Restaurant and Poolside dining areas. Aside from the Cruise Director, we also found the Officers, while polite, not particularly outgoing or welcoming.
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

Always the best

By: Bob R


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

Seabourn was at their best as always. The food and service were, if anything, better than ever. Itinerary was the very best.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Royster

Seabourn Encore

By: mayy


Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

It was an amazing experience. This cruise was the first with Seabourn and will definitely will not be the last.
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

Nice new ship

By: Travelgirl


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2017

Overall the ship is fine with a few minor exceptions. The main problem is service in the dining room and Grill. Others who like spending 2 1/2-3 hours at dinner every night will have no problems. Being solo, sitting and staring at people for hours is not fun. Sorry, but it does not take 25 minutes to dish up a bowl of soup. So, I ate at the Patio and Sushi Restaurants where the service and food were excellent. Food items at the Grill are terrible and very limited. Finally found a steak that was repeatedly good. I do not like, do not want, and am unwilling to pay for verandah staterooms especially at 175%
Travel Advisor:  Bridgett Quinn

A bit bigger than I like but not really a problem

By: Lynnie


Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2017

I love sailing with Seabourn but prefer the smaller ships. The Encore has lots of facilities but so has the smaller ships but without quite so many people and with a bit more personal service. My room was beautiful though and I really enjoyed the new Thomas Keller restaurant for a bit of a change.

cruise ship

By: Bunny


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

lovely and relaxing
Travel Advisor:  Judith Stang

John and Bunny

By: John


Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

It was outstanding. The ship and staff and food and drink were all top shelf!!
Travel Advisor:  Judith Stang

Luxury cruising

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Pros: Very luxurious. Excellent service and food. Good wine and spirits selection. People so friendly. Very interesting speakers. Shore excursions mostly good. Cons: Subpar internet.
Travel Advisor:  Cara Goldsbury

Absolutely Fantastic Shipboard Experience

By: Australia / New Zealand


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

What a great ship! The Encore is easy to navigate, with a wonderful and helpful crew, the best Cruise Director on the Planet (Handre), great food and drink, AND a lovely itinerary. I can't wait to return! Also, this ship navigates bumpy seas with ease! Lovely passage across the Tasman Sea in some rough weather.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Luttenberger

Seabourn

By: Jim


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Wonderful ship. Second trip, planning third.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Hollo

Cruise

By: Curtiss


Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

A greAT SHIP AND SUPERB SERVICE
Travel Advisor:  Sylvia Berman

South Pacific Islands

By: Bobby


Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2018

We have done about 10 cruises with Seabourn and feel the standard in most areas has dropped over the last couple of years. Other passengers we spoke to feel the same. The cost structure has not dropped. We are unable to compare them with other lines. We may or may not recommend them to others, undecided.

Seabourn Encore - New Zealand & Australia

By: Sue


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Excellent ship. Enjoyed the layout and amenities. Crew were outstanding. Especially enjoyed the cruise director, Handrei - very talented and caring man. The 16 day cruise - New Zealand & Australia was great. Seas were a little rough crossing from New Zealand to Australia but the captain did a great job! The Milford Sound was a highlight!
Travel Advisor:  Sally Shekane VCTA
Not Recommended

A month in NZ/Australia

By: Talhoiston


Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Booked the Wintergarten Suite and disppointed in room and service. Last trip on Seabourn.

Encore review

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Very responsive crew. Cruise director was excellent. Food maintained it's excellent rating, although the wine continues to be less than exceptional - there was no New Zealand Pinot Noir even though we spent the majority of time cruising around New Zealand.
Travel Advisor:  Lois Moran

On Board Encore

By: Joe


Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

We had very rough seas, but that didn't bother many people - they at and read or did jigsaw puzzles. No complaints.
Travel Advisor:  Lois Moran

Seabourne Encore

By: Cos


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Wonderful, excellent accommodations, food, service, and entertainment.
Travel Advisor:  Jeanine Grande

Australia and New Zealand trip

By: SC Traveler


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2018

Excellent. Our 5th cruise on Seaborne. They take care of the details and crew is always very personal.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
Not Recommended

Missed expectations

By: Maureen


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

When embarked to my room, I sat in a chair and one leg came off. I was not hurt, gave the leg to a staff member and waited for the fix. I was told all it needed was some glue. There was no glue in the cabin or I could have fixed it myself. Ship did not meet my expectations. Compared to other cruises, this one was less value for money. They did not include any onshore tours. Other lines offer at least one tour per stop as well as optional tours. As a customer , I like having that choice. Restaurant meals were not better than RSSC or Viking. The Keller restaurant (reservations and dress code) served food family style. I enjoyed their cafe/deli style counter offering. Having smaller options for evening meals is very nice. Cabin was comparable to other lines. Staff are excellent! Accommodating, agreeable, pleasant and dedicated to making my stay happy. The first four days of the trip, from Sydney through Tasman Sea to NZ we’re rocking and rolling. Gale 8 to 11 was rough

Seaboard

By: Beck


Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2018

I have mixed reviews on Seabourn. For some people, it probably works very well. For us, it was too formal although we absolutely loved the size and the Encore staterooms. I have never had such a nice stateroom on any other line - the bathroom and the storage were amazing! The food, except in the "Grill" (which was amazing) was very average to pretty good in the other restaurants. There were process issues in the kitchens relative to getting gluten free food and even tea which were worked out by the staff after about a week. The regular excursions were a little more expensive than other lines like Oceania and Azamara for about the same experience although they had some really high priced and more private options that I'm sure worked well for many passengers. All and all, a little pricey for what you get.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Seiter

Seabourn New Zealand and Australia cruise

By: Christine Reynolds


Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

We had to cancel the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Griscavage

Open Seas

By: Terry


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

Comfortable Felt like a princess
Travel Advisor:  Bitsy Clayton

Auckland to Sydney Cruise

By: Jane


Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

This was our fist cruise on the larger Seabourn ship. We didn't feel like we were surrounded by an additional 200 people, and truly enjoyed the spacious public areas. The Restaurant (main dining room) is more beautiful than on the older ships, and The Grill was fabulous. The itinerary was excellent, and there was lots to do and see wherever we went. One caveat would be the rough seas on the crossing of the Tasman Sea, between New Zealand and Australia. Two of the three days were under heavy weather precautions, and quite a few people (even some crew) were not feeling well. We were fine, but did have to bounce from side to side as we walked along the corridors! We really noticed excellent service on the Encore, but they did run out of some of the better wines only a few days into the cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Rob Clabbers

Wonderful excursion

By: Hal


Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2018

Definitely a luxury experience
Travel Advisor:  Judy Kotkin
Not Recommended

Cruise Ship.

By: virgil


Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2018

Food was below average. Crew was very nice and helpful.

Always a first rate experience

By: JANDK


Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

Seabourn is first rate in all aspects of cruising, including suites, cuisine, on-board activities, and port tours. The lectures are especially good, making sea days even more enjoyable and educational. Equally important, every effort is made to correct any problems arising along the way.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Field

Seabourn Encore

By: diddy


Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

Very good, excellent cuisine, wonderful speakers, good bridge sessions.......Staff really cared and were lovely people. Loved it!!
Travel Advisor:  Cindy Bown

Review of Seabourn

By: Satisfied Traveller


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2018

Outstanding cruise experience.

A beautiful ship; great customer service.

By: Betsy


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

Seabourn lives up to its reputation as a beautiful ship, with well-trained staff focused on customer service. The choice of restaurants adds to the overall quality, with the opportunity for a range of offerings, all excellent. We also prefer Seabourn's small, but high quality entertainment over the large mega-shows of the big ships.
Travel Advisor:  Ourisman Travel

Encore

By: EMD


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2018

We had an amazing trip!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Betts

Seabourn

By: Suki


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2018

Ship was beautiful. Great amenities, food. The best cabin I have ever seen. Service as not as good as expected as I heard there were a number of new employees. The Retreat was great. Pool was very crowded and I didn’t love that chaises were reserved with no one using them. Casino was lacking. Entertainment was mediocre. He ports were good except for Crotone.
Travel Advisor:  Wayne Muhlstein

First Timer

By: plp


Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Being our first cruise, we have nothing with which to compare Seabourn, but there was almost nothing about it that we did not like. The people were phenomenal, the food was fantastic, and the suites were much larger and nicer than we had anticipated.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Betts

Seabourn Encore

By: Ronna K


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Our experience traveling o the Seabourn Encore was very enjoyable. From the many dining options, to the exciting excursions offered, to the fantastic spa, to the magnificent entertainment, we couldn't be more pleased. Outstanding Experience.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett

Malta

By: Ozie


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2018

Seabourn Encore, Rome to Barcelona - the highlight was without doubt the few day's in Valletta, there is so much history and culture to take in that two full days was too short we will return. All the ports of call were of interest and we also enjoyed the shore excursion to Aix in Province with a wonderful guide. On board we were treated as royalty and the various restaurants were exceptional both in quality and service.

Smooth Sailing on The Encore

By: RnR4Ever


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Our second trip on the Seabourn Encore, and a memorable Mediterranean cruise. Seabourn's accommodations and excellent cuisine are still distinctive. A wonderful itinerary with interesting ports, enjoyable entertainment, and comfortable suites. Having cruised with Seabourn in the past, it was nice to be recognized by many crew members who were attentive to special meal requests and other details of our sailing. Some service inconsistencies, but overall still one of our favorites.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Alesia

with caveats

By: watsuew


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2018

The Encore wasn't the right ship for us but I can see where many people would enjoy it. The entertainment was a lot of fun but the ship had so many people, it was overwhelming. The pool was always full, outdoor dining was full, food & wine were good but not great, certainly not "luxury". Even the Thomas Keller Grill fell short IMO (granted, I'm used to eating at his finer restaurants like Per Se & French Laundry). "Premium" wines included grocery store regulars such as Santa Margherita & unbelievably, Sutter Home White Zinfandal (do ANY adults drink that?). The staff was generally good but their knowledge of food and wine was lacking.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Marlowe

Excellent all around

By: craballey


Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018

The hightlights: excellent food, excellent and friendly service, roomy accommodations. The stops were well chosen. Complaints: excursions are not included and several aren't worth the money. Choose wisely.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Patton

Ship

By: Abby


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

Lovely! Would definitely go on the Encore again. Rooms were great & bathrooms great. Food was excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Anne Bluntzer

requested

By: James


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

enjoyable 10 days would have been perfect

Encore shines, even without the sports deck

By: Chris


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

What else do you expect from Seabourn. It was perfection. Great food, beautiful ship and friendly staff. Sure you can nit pick here and there , but the rooms, food and people were outstanding. Only complaint, 2nd Seabourn cruise in 4 months where they didn’t open the sports deck. They shouldn’t advertise something they can’t deliver.
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

Mediterranean Cruise

By: Rhombus


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

The ship and its components were very good, the food was better than good and the service was excellent. The downside for my wife and I was the demographic of the passengers, it was pretty much the retirement crowd, stuffy and formal. Didn't find much in the offering of excursions, but the good ports of call were more important.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Gardner

Great

By: Butch


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2018

We love sailing on Seabourn and this ship is the best we’ve been on. Wonderfull food, attentive crew and sparkling clean. Seabourn is always our first choice.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien

A few bumps along the way...

By: RnR4ever


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2018

While Seabourn remains our cruise line of choice, the amount of time it took to repair the internal communications system when the server went down was inexcusable, especially as we were docked in several major ports where technical assistance could have been brought in. This impacted TV, movies, internet, telephone service, room service orders, overnight safety, contacting Seabourn Square, and many other functions. We could not communicate with relatives at home to check on health needs. There was no financial market info available during a highly volatile market week. Docking location was not convenient in some venues. Need to schedule more on-board activities during the day on rainy days. On the bright side, Seabourn's suites and dining venues are still wonderful and overall service is strong. It was nice to have Virtuoso hosts on board this cruise as a resource if needed.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Alesia
Not Recommended

Disappointed With Seabourn

By: Debra


Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2018

The service was not at all up to the standards we were expecting. It felt like we were on a ship full of trainees from the room stewards, the dinning service, food preparation and presentation, activity director and the bar service. There were frequent cruisers of Seabourn that even told us that they didn’t know what was going on because this 14 day cruise was not what they were accustom too. I did provide specific details of our dissatisfaction in a survey directly from the cruise line.

Seabourn cruising

By: MER


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2018

Excellent. Hope to go on another in the future
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Fairvalley