Seabourn Encore Collides With Cargo Ship in New Zealand

Seabourn Encore Pool Deck

Seabourn Encore impacted a nearby cargo ship while docked in the port of Timaru, New Zealand, on February 12, according to a statement from Seabourn provided to Travel Agent

Sudden high winds caused the ship’s aft mooring lines to part and break free, Seabourn said. No injuries have been reported and the ship is fully operational. Seabourn Encore was inspected and cleared to sail by authorities and departed for its next scheduled port call in Akaroa, New Zealand.

“The safety, security and welfare of all guests and crew are our absolute priority,” Seabourn said. 

The Seabourn Encore is on a 16-night itinerary that departed from Sydney on February 2. The line’s newest ship, it was built last December and carries 600 guests based on double occupancy. Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the all-suite vessel includes a new The Retreat for-charge sanctuary for guests to stretch out and relax in private cabanas, as well as Sushi, a restaurant new to the Seabourn fleet. The ship is currently sailing its inaugural season along the Pacific Rim in Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Europe in April 2017 to spend summer along the Mediterranean.

A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.