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Today sees exciting news from Cunard!

This year is the 50th anniversary of the launch if the legendary QE2. What better time to proudly announce that a brand new ship will be arriving in 2022, bringing the total ships in the fleet to 4.

This will be the first time since 1998 that the luxury line will have 4 ships in service at the same time.

The name of the new ship is yet to be announced but exciting new itineraries and special event voyages are expected to feature for the new luxury liner. Cunard are committed to evolving the customer experience on board, having invested over £120 million refurbishing Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2, so we can expect this to continue for their new ship.


Cunard will be revealing details about their new ship during 2018, and up until the ships launch, but for the time being here is what we know with some interesting Cunard statistics:

The ship will be 113,00 GRT ( Gross Registered Tonnage ) and carry 3000 passengers

The ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag

This will be Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years. The last being Queen Elizabeth in 2010.

In a statement from Simon Palenthorpe, Senior Vice President at Cunard;

“We have only recently marked the 50th anniversary of one of Cunard’s much loved ocean liners, the legendary QE2. What better way to celebrate her important role in Cunard’s past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard’s future with the commissioning of a new ship. Cunard offers unrivalled luxury ocean experiences and the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets.”

Personally I am really looking forward to hearing all about what the new ship will have to offer and I am intrigued as to the name of the ship! There has to be a royal influence in the name but I guess I will have to wait and see!

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Seabourn have received their newest fleet addition from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. They have been patiently waiting for over 2 years for this day and are hoping this is going to set a new bar for ultra luxury cruising.

Encore will be the largest in Seabourn’s fleet, being able to accommodate 600 passengers.  Her 3 sister ships are slightly smaller at 458 passengers.

The ship is headed off to Singapore where she will be named in a glitzy ceremony on 7th January by her godmother Sarah Brightman.

Her maiden voyage is a 10 night Indonesian voyage from Singapore to Bali which is a stunning itinerary! She will then be operating cruises around Australia, New Zealand with a few ports in Indonesia featuring as well.

In Summer 2017 Encore will be based in the Mediterranean so a series of re-positioning cruises to Athens will be available from destinations such as Bali, Singapore and Dubai. If you would like to look at these unique itineraries click here.

The designer Adam D. Tihany has created indoor and outdoor spaces on board. New features on board include the ‘Retreat’ which is a relaxation area featuring private cabanas to hire plus a spa treatment cabana.

Artists impression of The Retreat.
Artists impression of The Retreat.

The Grill by Thomas Keller will feature on board Encore which is the signature restaurant from three star michelin chef  Thomas Keller plus a new restaurant called Sushi.

A new production show will feature on board called ‘ An evening with Tim Rice’ along with a new Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil mindful living programme. Exciting news for the inaugural sailing is that both Tim Rice and Dr. Andrew Weil will be on board.

Some fantastic additions here for Seabourns newest ship!

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