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Seabourn Ovation completes sea trials ahead of April launch

Seabourn Ovation completes sea trials ahead of April launch

Seabourn’s newest ultra-luxury vessel, Seabourn Ovation, has achieved another important maritime milestone with the completion of its final round of sea trials in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.

Seabourn Ovation departed the Fincantieri shipyard on March 14th for four days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems.

The ship then returned to the shipyard in Genoa where final touches are being put in place ahead of the delivery ceremony on April 27th.

“We’re now weeks away from delivery, and I’m very pleased with the progress and preparedness of the ship now that sea trials are complete,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.

“Our first revenue guests will board on May 5th, and I know they will be excited to see this newest addition to the Seabourn fleet.”


Seabourn Ovation will begin her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain.

The ship’s naming ceremony will take place on Friday May 11th in the beautiful baroque harbour of Valletta, Malta. 

Actress and singer Elaine Paige will serve as godmother and will name the ship during a spectacular ceremony that will light up the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site and the 2018 European Capital of Culturw.

Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet.

Seabourn Ovation will expand and build on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011.

A sister ship to Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation will feature 300 suites and maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service.