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A sneak peek at the Seabourn Encore

A sneak peek at the Seabourn Encore
Seabourn celebrated the float out of its new Seabourn Encore last Friday at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy. A bottle breaks on the ship's bow to mark the occasion. (Filippo Vinardi / Seabourn)

If you love luxury and small ships, you might want to check out the upcoming Seabourn Encore.

It will be the newest and biggest (600 passengers) for the Seattle-based cruise line. The company had a little party Friday when the ship touched water for the first time at the Italian shipyard where it's being built.

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Encore won't be delivered until the end of the year, but here's a bit of what you can expect (check out the photo gallery with design renderings of the interior too).

The on-board style and decor is being undertaken by Adam D. Tihany, best known for desiging restaurants for Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and other celebrity chefs.

Contemporary interiors with a modern flair is how Seabourn describes the decor, according to a statement. And every stateroom will have its own veranda.

Maiden voyages of varying lengths begin Dec. 4. First up is a 16-day cruise from Greece to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which transits the Suez Canal in Egypt. Prices start at $4,999 per person, based on double occupancy. [Info: Seabourn Encore, (866) 755¿5619 or contact a travel agent]

Other ships launching this year include:

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas (April) and Harmony of the Seas (May)

Viking Sea (April)

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