Seabourn has introduced its newest vessel, Seabourn Ovation, to the world with a glamorous naming ceremony in the beautiful baroque harbour of Valletta, Malta.
A stunning line-up of celebratory events included a live performance by the ship’s godmother, actress and singer Elaine Paige, one of the world’s best-loved artists.
Following her performance, she made a traditional blessing and released a bottle of champagne that was broken against the ship, in time-honoured ship naming tradition.
That triumphant moment was broadcast on a large viewing screen for guests of the maiden voyage and other invited attendees to see.
Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn, said: “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.
“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 Seabourn Ovation captain Stig Betten.
The evening was capped with a brilliant firework display that lit up the harbour of Valletta.
Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn’s award-winning and highly acclaimed fleet of Odyssey-class ships, over the past decade, and the second of two ships designed for the line by hospitality designer Adam Tihany.
Sister ship Seabourn Encore had her naming ceremony in Singapore in January 2017.
Like Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation is configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas and will carry just 600 guests, based on double occupancy in all oceanfront suites with private verandas.