Regent Seven Seas Cruises hosted an elegant and glamorous christening gala over the weekend in Miami to welcome its newest ship, Seven Seas Splendor, along with the ship’s honourary godmother Christie Brinkley.
Exclusive guests, including travel partners, local community leaders, media and luxury travellers, were invited to the private black-tie evening ceremony on board Seven Seas Splendor to celebrate the all-suite, all-balcony luxury cruise ship. In addition, more than 35,000 people watched the ceremony broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.
“Seven Seas Splendor is the epitome of luxury perfected,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “Every ship we launch gets even better, and Seven Seas Splendor is magnificent. The collaboration between the designers, engineers, craftsmen, hotel and restaurant teams, and the crew onboard, all brings the renowned Regent experience to life on this beautiful ship. Seven Seas Splendor is a celebration of excellence, friendship, success and luxury.”
Splendor is helmed by 30-year veteran Captain Serena Melani, the first woman to captain a newly built ocean cruise ship. In acknowledging this pioneering honour during her remarks, Captain Melani told the audience following a standing ovation that women can achieve any goal with perseverance and hard work, and that the ship’s 550 crew members deserve recognition for providing luxury travellers with the highest levels of personalized service and comfort on board.
Another woman trailblazer followed Captain Melani on stage. Honorary Godmother Brinkley delivered the traditional maritime blessing – “I hereby name this ship Seven Seas Splendor. May God bless her an all who sail on her” – which officially christened the 750-passenger vessel. The world-famous supermodel, actress, mother and successful entrepreneur then depressed a button which sent a 15-litre Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut champagne smashing against the ship’s hull to symbolically welcome the newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet.
To conclude the celebration, guests were treated to a concert by four-time GRAMMY-award winning British singer-songwriter, Seal.
This winter, Seven Seas Splendor cruises Caribbean and Mexican Riviera, including two crossings of the Panama Canal and one unique Southern Caribbean cruise from Miami to New York City. In spring, Splendor will traverse the Atlantic Ocean for its inaugural European season.