Seabourn introduced its newest vessel, Seabourn Ovation, with a naming ceremony in the harbor of Valletta, Malta. Seabourn orchestrated a lineup of celebratory events, including a live performance by the ship’s godmother, actress and singer Elaine Paige. Following her performance, she made a traditional blessing and performed the maritime tradition of releasing a bottle of champagne that was broken against the ship; this moment was broadcast on a large viewing screen for guests of the maiden voyage and other invited attendees to see.
In addition, a full orchestra ensemble on the Pool Deck performed a themed musical work and provided additional entertainment during the evening ceremony. Guests also witnessed the debut of the new Seabourn anthem written by Tim Rice, titled: “We Sail to See the Lives of Others,” which was performed publicly for the first time.
In addition to live performances, remarks were made by Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, as well as by Seabourn Ovation Captain Stig Betten. Then, the evening was capped with a fireworks display in the harbor of Valletta.
Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by Adam D. Tihany. Like Seabourn Encore before it, the ship offers all oceanfront suites with private verandas, along with modern design elements, one additional deck, newly expanded public areas and a brand-new, al fresco dining venue, “Earth & Ocean at The Patio."
The ship departed on its maiden voyage May 5, the 11-day Inaugural Mediterranean Spring cruise, bound for Barcelona. Afterwards, the ship will then move onto a 14-day Vintage Europe headed for Ijmuiden (Amsterdam), Netherlands, and a 14-day Midsummer Baltic, arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark in late June, before heading to Russia as part of a seven-day The Baltic & St. Petersburg cruise.
This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.