For nearly 30 years, Seabourn has been known as one of the most prestigious names in small ship cruising. It represents the pinnacle of luxury travel, reaching well known destinations as well as hidden gems that bigger ships can’t get to. Its fleet of intimate, all suite ships carry between 458 and 600 guests each, and on board, guests are served by an award winning crew with heartfelt and thoughtful hospitality.
Already in the fleet were Seabourn Odyssey (458 guests), Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, (also carrying 458 guests). Then in 2016, Seabourn Encore, their first 600 passenger ship was delivered and, following the overwhelming success of Seabourn Encore, sister ship Seabourn Ovation’s launch in May of 2018 was met with equal praise within both the cruise and design industries.
The 300 all-suite ship extends the relaxed elegance of the existing fleet while boasting elevated new design that will equally delight first time cruisers and Seabourn loyalists alike. Designed in its entirety by renowned New York-based designer Adam D. Tihany, the ship was shortlisted in the AHEAD America Awards 2019 in the Transport Category.
Ovation continues the design language inspired by the world’s most luxurious private yachts. Adam D. Tihany approached the design as an evolution, rather than a revolution, from the existing fleet; keeping in mind the fact that over half of the Seabourn guests are repeat customers.
Part of the challenge of design was in creating a sense of familiarity while infusing the brand with an innovative design perspective, especially for another ship in an already existing fleet.
The essence of the design vision lives in the heart of the ship, Seabourn Square, where guests gather for coffee; interact with the concierge-style Guest Services team, and to take in the view. Where before, the existing fleet had the concierges set behind privacy walls, the design of Encore and Ovation keeps the room open.
Turning this key space of the ship inside out was a hospitality driven gesture, and in doing so, the gestalt of curves became the signature of the entire ship. Each space flows seamlessly into the next, connecting with soft curving lines that are designed with guest comfort and ease of mobility in mind. Where the existing fleet is very Nordic in influence, Ovation introduces an Italian sensibility. The resulting interiors come to life with bold colours, with enticing textures and nautical details.For loyal Seabourn customers, the ship feels familiar in a way that draws them in and encourages them to explore, discover and delight in all the nuances of the new design.
Many of Ovation’s celebrated features are fueled by Seabourn’s esteemed partnerships. The Grill by Thomas Keller is the result of a fleet wide partnership with the acclaimed chef and was designed as a continuation of the longtime collaboration between Tihany and Keller, who have worked together on many of the Chef’s restaurants around the world.
On Ovation, The Grill experience is designed to reflect a period of American history – the 1950s and 60s. The restaurant captures the optimism and spirit of celebration that was synonymous with dining out in that time. This sense of nostalgia surrounding a lost era was executed with rich colours, sensuous materials and incredible art.
There is also an art collection of more than 1,600 works throughout the rest of the ship, which was curated by Artlink under Tihany’s direction and has received industry-wide praise since its debut. The thoughtful, spirited collection lends a level of cultural elegance that is typically only found in designated international galleries but to a sea faring ship.
Encore and Ovation are the first ships Tihany has designed from bow to stern. The design forward approach to this next generation of Seabourn ships has not only helped shape the momentum of the brand, but has led the way for luxury cruising in today’s Age of Design.
The ship’s innovative design and distinct attention to detail ensures the Seabourn guest unforgettable travel experiences around every corner.