The handover ceremony of the Seabourn Encore took place today at the Marghera shipyard (Venice).
The ceremony was attended by Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation, Richard D. Meadows, President of Seabourn Cruise Line and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, while Fincantieri was represented by the Chairman, Giampiero Massolo and the CEO, Giuseppe Bono.
The ship is 40,350 tons and 210 meters long, with a cruising speed of 18.6 knots for 600 guests.
Richard D. Meadows, President of Seabourn Cruise Line, stated: “We have been looking forward to this day for over two years. Seabourn Encore has become a stunning ship that will set a new standard in ultra-luxury cruising. I am very proud of our partnership with Fincantieri, and it has been a great pleasure to work together to transform raw materials into this incredible vessel that will make a great addition to the Seabourn fleet”.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: "The jewel we are delivering today is the first ship built for Seabourn and dry dock works for the second vessel for this new and prestigious client will start in two days in our shipyard in Sestri Ponente. I say this with a certain pride and a lot of satisfaction, because Seabourn represents the top-of-the-range of the Carnival Group’s offer and Fincantieri is now widely recognized by the market as an absolute reference point, able to offer tailor-made products to an ever wider range of customers. Bono continued: "This gratifying result was made possible thanks to the strategy stubbornly followed in the last years, that has allowed us to be in the best conditions to seize the opportunities offered by the market".