Seabourn’s newest luxury vessel, Seabourn Ovation, has completed its final round of sea trials in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy. Seabourn Ovation departed the Fincantieri shipyard on March 14 for four days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems. Seabourn Ovation returned to the shipyard in Genoa on March 18, and staff and workers are putting the final touches on the ship. The delivery ceremony of the ship is on schedule to take place on April 27, 2018.
Seabourn Ovation will begin its debut season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice to Barcelona. The ship’s naming ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11, in the harbour of Valletta, Malta. Famous actress and singer, Elaine Paige, will serve as godmother and will name the ship during the ceremony in the UNESCO World Heritage site and the 2018 European Capital of Culture.
The ship will spend the majority of its first season cruising the waters of northern Europe, offering a series of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavian sailings between Copenhagen and Stockholm, which will include the line’s signature three-day stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Seabourn Ovation will also sail on longer 14-day voyages, visiting the majestic Norwegian fjords and British Isles.
Seabourn Ovation is the fifth luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet, and expands on the line’s Odyssey-class ships. A sister ship to Seabourn Encore, the 300-suite Seabourn Ovation will sail on a variety of voyages in and around Europe between May and November 2018, hailing at ports throughout northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
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