producer and presenter will preside over the Naming Ceremony for Seabourn's
newest ultra-luxury ship
6, 2018 - One of the world's best-loved and most
highly awarded actresses and singers, Elaine Paige, will serve as godmother to Seabourn's elegant new all-suite ship,
The naming ceremony will
take place Friday, May 11, in the beautiful baroque harbour of Valletta, Malta
during a spectacular ceremony that will light up the dramatic UNESCO World
Heritage site and the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Seabourn enjoys a
multi-year partnership with UNESCO to support their efforts to protect World
Heritage at sites around the world.
"Elaine's talents are
boundless and, like Seabourn, the world is her stage and she is constantly
seeking out new adventures," said Richard Meadows, President of Seabourn.
"She has created so many memories for her audiences, just as we do for our
guests, on every voyage they take. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished
performer launch Seabourn
Ovation on her maiden voyage."
"I am so honoured to
have been asked to be Godmother to Seabourn
Ovation," said Elaine Paige.
"Seabourn's legendary service has the same DNA as a hit West End show: a
dedicated cast of professionals who all come together to deliver a superb
performance, whatever their role. I can't wait to board the beautiful Seabourn Ovation and send
her off into the world!"
Elaine Paige's biography
reads like a "who's who" of the stage musical. She originated the
role of Eva Peron in Evita, followed by Grizabella in Cats and Florence in
Chess. She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than
anyone else of her generation - from Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything
Goes, Sunset Boulevard, to The King & I; Sweeney Todd and Follies - and
With an impressive and
glittering roster of accolades, Elaine bears the unofficial title of "The
First Lady of British Musical Theatre." She has defined musicals and has
simply set the gold standard. In 1995, she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British
Empire) for services to Musical Theatre by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
A thrilling live performer,
Elaine has delighted audiences around the world, from The White House, The
Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and The Sydney Opera House to The Bolshoi,
New York's Lincoln Center, and London's Royal Albert Hall. She has recorded 22
solo albums, has been featured on seven cast albums, and earned eight
consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs, achieving chart topping hits
including signature tunes Don't Cry for Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well.
Her television work includes
drama on BBC & ITV, her own series on SKY Arts, and more roles to be aired
on BBC & ITV this year. She continues to host her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine
Paige On Sunday, regularly attracting 2.5 million listeners every week.
When not performing, Elaine
works tirelessly for charities including The Children's Trust. She is President
for the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, an Ambassador to the Royal Voluntary Service
and an Artistic Associate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Other charities
include Breast Cancer Campaign, the Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans, and
Support Dogs amongst many others.
Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet. With
stunning contemporary interiors by design icon Adam D. Tihany, culinary
expertise by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, specially commissioned
entertainment by Sir Tim Rice and an exciting program of on-board speakers, 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.
Seabourn Ovation will expand and build on the line's award-winning and highly
acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionized ultra-luxury cruising with
enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced
between 2009 and 2011. A sister ship to Seabourn
Ovation will maintain the line's high ratio of space per guest,
enabling highly personalized service.
Seabourn will continue to
release updates about Seabourn
Ovation via the dedicated microsite: http://ovation.seabourn.com. Alive with imagery, details
and news of the ship's continuing progress, including "sunsets until
launch," the microsite offers an inside look at the excitement of the
upcoming launch, with additional details, news and images revealed on an
For more details about the
award-winning Seabourn fleet, or to explore the worldwide selection of Seabourn
cruising options, contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at
1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
Hawkins International Public Relations
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