SEATTLE, May 11, 2018 – Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise
line, introduced its newest vessel to the world with a festive naming ceremony
for Seabourn Ovation in the beautiful baroque harbor of
Valletta, Malta today. Seabourn orchestrated a line-up of celebratory events,
including a live performance by the ship's godmother, actress and singer Elaine
Paige OBE, one of the world's best-loved and most highly awarded artists.
Following her performance, she made a traditional blessing and released a
bottle of champagne that was broken against the ship, a time-honored ship
That triumphant moment was broadcast on a large viewing screen for
guests of the maiden voyage and other invited attendees to see.
"The launch of Seabourn Ovation brings us to a new era for
Seabourn where we further reinforce our position as the newest, most consistent
fleet in the ultra-luxury cruise category," said Richard Meadows, president of
Seabourn. "The ship is another major step forward in the growth of Seabourn and
an opportunity for us to provide guests with the finest luxury travel experience
available at sea today. Like her sisters in our fleet, Seabourn Ovation
is such a beautiful ship, and I know that guests and cruise industry observers
are going to be very impressed from the moment they step on board."
In addition to live performances, remarks were made by Meadows, as
well as by Seabourn Ovation Captain Stig Betten.
A full orchestra ensemble on the Pool Deck performed the themed
musical work and provided additional entertainment during the evening ceremony.
Guests also witnessed the debut of the new Seabourn anthem written by Sir Tim
Rice, titled: "We Sail to See the Lives of Others", which was performed
publicly for the first time.
The evening capped with a brilliant fireworks display that lit up
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 hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany. Like Seabourn
Encore before it, the ship features all oceanfront suites with private
verandas, along with modern design elements and innovations in keeping with
Seabourn's reputation for understated elegance, as well as 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, Spain. 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 7-day The Baltic & St. Petersburg cruise.
Seabourn Ovation will then explore Northern
Europe, beginning with a 21-Day St. Petersburg & Scandinavian Gems cruise around
the coast of Norway. The ship will retrace itself again with a 7-day St. Petersburg & The Baltic and then turn north
and west with a series of cruises including a 14-day Majestic Fjords & North Cape; a 21-day Capitals of Northern Europe from Scandinavia to the
British Isles; a 14-day Norway, The British Isles & Edinburgh; a 21-day Northern Europe Panorama; and then a 7-day The Baltic & St. Petersburg. The ship will round out the summer with a 21-day Baltic Gems & Majestic Fjords; a 14-day Scenic Fjords & North Cape; and, finally, a 30-day Viking Realm Exploration, arriving in Dover (London)
on October 1 for the start of its autumn season.
Guests who sail on Seabourn Ovation will also find a number
of innovative offerings and programs, including partnerships with a select
group of companies and individuals whose dedication to superior quality,
exceptional service and consistent customer satisfaction matches Seabourn.
These programs include ‘An Evening with Tim Rice', the evening entertainment experience created exclusively
for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience
that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, reminiscent of the classic
American restaurant from the 50's and 60's. Exclusive to Seabourn, The Grill is
a unique culinary concept for Chef Keller, focusing on updated versions of
iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar
salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other favorites like premium
steaks, whole roasted chicken, and Lobster Thermidor, presented à la carte.
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.
is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard
Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and
fathom. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL and
NYSE: CUK). It has formed a partnership with United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help protect World Heritage
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
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