Isobel Marriner sails aboard the Seabourn Encore

The ship:

Seabourn Encore, variously described as "Encore-class" or a "mega-yacht". Built by Fincantieri for Seabourn and launched in 2016. Pretty as a picture and still has that lovely "new-ship" feel.

How big: Just over 210m.


How many on board? Up to 600 passengers with one crew member to every two of them. No waiting around for service, which always came with a a smile.

The cruise: Around New Zealand in 16 Days. With a side trip to Norfolk Island, where we didn't make landfall because of heavy weather. Australia/New Zealand