Between December 2016 and April 2017, the 604-passenger Seabourn Encore will sail on a variety of voyages exploring Arabia, India, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Following the ship’s delivery in December 2016, Seabourn Encore will offer two pre-inaugural cruises. On 4 December, Seabourn Encore will sail on a 16-day pre-inaugural cruise from Athens bound for Dubai, calling at ports including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (Israel); Petra (Jordan); and Muscat (Oman). The voyage will be followed by an 18-day pre-inaugural holiday voyage departing Dubai on 20 December, sailing to Arabia, India and South-east Asia before arriving at Singapore. On 7 January 2017, Seabourn Encore will make its official début with a gala naming ceremony in the Asian city-state of Singapore. Following the naming, the vessel will embark on its 10-day official inaugural voyage to Bali, including calls in Surabaya (Java); Celukan Bawang (Bali); and Slawi Bay, Komodo (Indonesia).
In April 2017, Seabourn Encore will return to Europe with two 16- and 18-day Arabia and India voyages. The ship will then spend the summer season sailing seven-night itineraries in the eastern Mediterranean.
Meanwhile Oceania Cruises has unveiled its summer and autumn 2016 schedule including the maiden voyage for the 684-guest Sirena, a former Princess Cruises’ vessel which will sail under the Oceania Cruises brand as of 27 April 2016 following extensive refurbishment.
Sirena’s maiden voyage will be a 14-night cruise from Barcelona to Venice departing on 27 April 2016. The inaugural season features a line-up of 10- to 14-night voyages with a mix of classic and new destinations throughout the Mediterranean.
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