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Luxury sets sail: The MV Seabourn Ovation

The MV Seabourn Ovation, the newest addition to ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn’s fleet, offers opulence and relaxation on the high seas.

On the back of its 30th anniversary celebrations, ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn welcomes the MV Seabourn Ovation, sister ship to the MV Seabourn Encore, to its modern fleet.

Setting off from Venice, Italy on her inaugural ‘Mediterranean Spring’ cruise on 5 May 2018, Seabourn Ovation was christened on 11 May in Valletta, Malta by British actor and singer Elaine Paige.

The celebrations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, named the 2018 European Capital of Culture, included the first performance of Seabourn’s new anthem, ‘We Sail to See the Lives of Others’, written by British lyricist Sir Tim Rice.

Construction on the ship, the second 600-passenger capacity vessel in the Seabourn fleet, began at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy in June 2016.

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The MV Seabourn Ovation

The MV Seabourn Ovation

The MV Seabourn Ovation


Roughly 1,700 people were involved, with renowned hospitality designer Adam D Tihany responsible for the unique design of the ship’s 300 suites as well as her common spaces. The suites incorporate a series of thoughtful touches designed to make guests feel at home, and are perfect for both relaxing and entertaining.

President of Seabourn Richard Meadows celebrates “a new era for Seabourn where we further reinforce our position as the newest, most consistent fleet in the ultra-luxury cruise category. The Ovation is another major step forward in the growth of Seabourn and an opportunity for us to provide guests with the finest luxury travel experience available at sea today.”

Regional flavours punctuate the culinary offerings on board. A diverse range of dining options includes The Grill by Thomas Keller, a restaurant taking inspiration from the American chophouse and serving up timeless classics like lobster thermidor and ice-cream sundaes.

Seabourn’s famed Conversations program forms a highlight of the on-board entertainment, and guests can enjoy classic Hollywood films on the pool deck as part of the ship’s Movies Under the Stars events.

Comedy, cabaret performances and classic recitals are on offer in the Grand Salon, and in the aftermath of all that excitement, guests can unwind at the award-winning Spa at Seabourn, or relax in a private cabana at The Retreat.

Regional flavours punctuate the culinary offerings on board.

Seabourn Ovation’s maiden season will see her journey through Scandinavia and the Baltic region, with trips to the Norwegian fjords and the British Isles also scheduled.

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