Seabourn Encore Ship Tour and Review : 7 Things You Need To Know
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Seabourn Encore Ship Tour and Review : 7 Things You Need To Know

December 9, 2019

You’re about to discover the seven
things you absolutely need to know about Seabourn Encore.
I’m Gary Bembridge, and this is another of my tips for travellers. I’m currently on
board Seabourn Encore, and I thought it would
be a great opportunity to tell you seven things that I think you need to know
about the ship. Seabourn Encore is the first of two
ships that were a new class of ship for Seabourn. They have the Odyssey class of three ships and now they have the new Encore class. Seabourn Encore being the first one and Seabourn Ovation the second. These ships are quite a
bit bigger than the Odyssey class. The Odyssey class take 458 guests, and Encore
take 600 passengers, so it’s over 30% more passengers. Being a bigger
ship, the Encore has more space, more facilities and more choice.
Let’s talk about that in a bit more detail. There’s a lot of dining options
on board Seabourn Encore. The Restaurant is the main dining room, and it is open for dinner, it’s a waiter service and it has multi-course meals, and of
course vegetarian options. It’s also open sometimes for breakfast and
lunch, which varies based on the itinerary. One of the most popular
venues is The Colonnade. The Colonnade is the more informal dining venue. Breakfast
and lunch are always a buffet, with lots of stations and really good food, and in the evenings it’s normally a sit-down served meal. These are normally themed
around different countries. Some evenings it will be more buffet style,
so for example on the Indian evening that was a self-service. The patio is
also incredibly popular up by the pool. At lunchtime they serve
informal stuff like hot dogs and hamburgers and in the evening
it becomes a little bit more formal with a waiter service menu and a wide range of good food. One of my favourite places is Sushi. This is a
relatively small space and when I was on Encore, it was staffed
entirely by Japanese. Incredible sushi and sashimi as you would expect by the name.
You can go as often as you like. It’s open most days for lunch and dinner, and
it’s included within the fare. If you are ever on it on board, I
recommend you go early in the cruise because it is really good and
you’re probably will want to go back. The Grill by Thomas Keller, who is a
celebrity chef in the United States, is their main speciality restaurant. It’s modelled on a 50s / 60s steakhouse. You can expect things like Lobster
Thermidor and steaks. It’s all served with a little bit of theatre. A really
great venue. You’re allowed to go once per cruise and Seabourn
recommend that you book it before you go on the cruise to make sure you get the
day and time you want. In terms of other dining options, there’s complimentary
room service which has breakfast and lunch, and in the
evenings you can order from the restaurant menu and have it served
in your cabin. Afternoon tea, which is a great experience, is served up in the Observation Bar with sandwiches, cakes and scones. The next
thing you need to know about Seabourn Encore is some of the
big flagship facilities they offer, and there are probably two of
these that are worth noting. The first of which is called Seabourn Square. This is
something that all Seabourn ships have and it’s something that they’re very
proud of. Seabourn Square is a large space on Encore, and it’s really the hub and
the heart of the ship. In here you have Guest Services, Shore
Excursions, Future Sales and a coffee shop in here.
There is small library with guide books and newspapers printed
out from all around the world and also available on electronic devices where you can
read the papers. It’s a popular venue. It’s a place that people head to during the day, as places to sit both inside and
outside. It’s a nice space with a really good feel and if you want to know what’s going on and to meet, greet and see
passengers, then Seabourn Square is definitely the place to be. The other big thing that
Seabourn are very proud of is The Retreat. The Retreat you do have to pay
for. It has 15 cabanas with a television and a
refrigerator stocked with beverages. The Retreat can hold up to 30
guests and, at the time of recording, it was $149 dollars on a port day and
$249 on a sea day. What’s important about that price is the price is per suite and two
of you are included within that price. The next thing I’d like to talk about are
bars and lounges. Premium drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, wines
and champagnes are included within the fare.The main places to go are The
Club which is, as the name would suggest, an evening spot and this is kind of the late-night place on board. There is often dancing before
and after dinner, and you’ll often find live music played in here. This
is also where the casino is. It’s not a massive casino, but you have a
few machines and a couple of tables. Probably the nicest bar, in my view, is
the Observation Bar right up on the top of the ship on deck 11,
right in the front of the ship. You have great views as you’re sailing along,
and it has a circular bar, great seating and it’s a really nice space. This is
where they have Afternoon Tea. On the pool deck you also have a bar there on
deck 9 and there’s also another bar a little bit up on deck 10 as well. So, a selection
of bars and lounges spread across the ship. The next thing I think you need to
understand is all about wellness and Spa and fitness. What facilities do
they have on board? There is a pool, a pretty decent sized pool. up on Deck 9.
This is the main pool and you also have another smaller pool on deck five. This
is a real find, it’s just behind The Club. A lot of people forget it’s there.
It’s great on sea days because you’re at the back of
the ship sailing. It’s a really nice space. I really like the pool on
Deck 5. There is a Spa, it’s a pretty big Spa with a salon, barbershop and, of course, the treatment rooms. You have a fitness centre with a space outside
where people often stretch after they’ve done their workout classes. They also offer
classes, which are normally included within the fare. In terms of activities and fitness,
there’s also a marina which is opened based on where you’re
sailing in the world where they’re able to open it in port. From the
Marina you can do various water activities off the back of the ship. The
next thing I’d like to talk about is what is there to do on board?
What is there to do in terms of entertainment and activities? First
of all, the key venue is known as the Grand Salon. This is where the shows are
held every evening. Each evening you’ll have the Seabourn Vocalists
perform a show or have various guest artists on board. Every
evening there will be some sort of entertainment in the Grand Salon, and
around the ship in the key venues like in the Observation Bar and in The Club you’ll have live musicians playing.
If you like to play cards there is a large Card Room. Like on many cruises, you’ll have a range of activities that the
entertainment team run. So, that might be a golf putting competitions, trivia quizzes,
competitions and the usual kind of stuff that you would normally find on board a
cruise. There’s also things like the Captain’s Welcome
Party, on one of the days you’ll have a caviar evening, for example on the
cruise we were on we had a Caviar and Champagne Evening also you have, weather permitting, a party out on the deck.
There’s normally a series of parties and events happening across the
cruise. The next thing you need to know about are the cabins, or suites
a Seabourn calls them. They call their ships “all-
suite ships” and on Seabourn Encore 100% of the Suites have a balcony or veranda
(depending on which what you want to call it). The Suites themselves are
pretty big and certainly when I posted pictures when I was on board, a lot of
people commented about the size. I was in a pretty mid-range cabin, one of the veranda suites and that’s one I want to talk about because that’s what the bulk
of the Suites are on board. These suites are pretty big, they’re
very comfortable and plush, because it’s a premium ship the
quality of things, like the bedding, is high. The bathroom is fantastic with twin basins, and I had a bath and separate shower,
and there are Molson brown toiletries. There is a big interactive
television with movies on demand. You have a minibar, which can be stocked
pretty much with anything that you want, because drink is included within
the fare. Seabourn Encore does have,
although it didn’t actually have one when it left the shipyard, is a guest laundry.
You can send your stuff away to be laundered, but there is a
guest laundry that was installed not long after the ship set sail on its
maiden voyage. Seabourn Encore is a beautiful ship. It
holds 600 passengers and if you’re looking for luxury with lots of choice,
take a look at Seabourn Encore or its sister ship,
Seabourn Ovation, because you have a relatively small ship but choices on board. I
have many more videos about cruising and about Seabourn, so why don’t you watch
another one of those right now?


  • Reply Chris Williams October 3, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Loved this Garry, just wish I could afford Seabourn. I wonder what itinerary you were on. Thank you.

  • Reply martin lee October 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Nice review thank you

  • Reply Karen Beattie October 3, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Seabourn Square and Observation bar sound awesome . Worth checking out

  • Reply Barb October 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Great looking ship love watching but to much for my budget thanks again maybe one day

  • Reply WidleyWesident October 4, 2019 at 2:57 am

    So the ship has all of these features, but are they any good please Gary? This video is more promo than your experience.

  • Reply Jason Lott October 4, 2019 at 3:00 am

    I can imagine at only holding 5-600 cruisers the ship must not be that big so it can get into some smaller more quaint ports and not the commercial ports the bigger ship go to.

  • Reply kyle lloyd October 4, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Great Video! Would love to see more of the "budget" lines ex Carnival, royal carribean etc… thanks for your tips!

  • Reply Leading Edge October 4, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Another great Video Gary. Can you include additional Dietary information such as Gluten Free / Vegetarian options / awareness? This is one primary decision maker for many people, including us, on selecting a Cruise…btw, your Videos influenced our decision to Cruise & what Ship to start on so thanks for that…we're hooked…:-)

  • Reply Jennifer Ross October 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Their single supplements are too high. Were you able to get good vegan food on this ship?

  • Reply Rob Youngquist October 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    ❤️ a ship this size or a wee bit smaller … better access to smaller ports and, for my tastes, there’s absolutely no way I’m going on a cruise with 2-3,000 other people. I dislike crowds! Exception, of course, is Cunard Queen Mary and Queen Victoria ?. As always Gary, I preview your presentations before I set off for my Virtuoso agent to make arrangements ??

  • Reply Terry Carter October 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    You didn’t mention the Thomas Keller bar next to the TK Grill restaurant – I think that’s the best bar on the ship especially when the piano player is around

  • Reply SkyRa89 October 6, 2019 at 4:55 am


  • Reply Charles Chapman October 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Something I've not seen you comment on which would be of interest to an increasing number of cruisers – what cruise lines and ships have the best offerings (and prices!)for solo cruisers. I've gone on 29 cruises on quite a few cruise lines but now that I'm a widower the affordable alternatives are pretty restricted.

  • Reply Roxanne Bell October 8, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    So glad when you post reviews and tours of cruise ships, thank you. I like to know what to expect on ships that I am going on a cruise and will look on U Tube for videos. Your videos pop up many times and I usually watch them first. Too many people want to know about special deals but as we all know that there are time limits to special deals and the best place to find out about those is with the cruise line or your travel agent.

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