Oceania Cruises Celebrates Christening of First Allura Class Ship
With ceremony and fanfare within the historic port of Valetta, Malta, Oceania Cruises christened its latest ship, Vista, a 1,200-guest vessel and the primary of the road’s Allura class. Along with her whole summer time season already offered out, the ship will sail her maiden voyage on Might 13.
Festive Ceremony Held in Malta’s Historic Port
Oceania Cruises celebrated the official naming of its new ship Vista on Might 8 with a festive and conventional ceremony in Valetta, Malta, as her godmother, chef and meals persona Giada De Laurentis, broke a bottle of champagne in opposition to her hull.
The cruise line in late February revealed that De Laurentis, the Emmy award-winning TV chef with Italian roots, would function godmother to the 67,000 gross ton ship, which was constructed on the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. The road took supply of the ship on Might 2.
One other Emmy award winner – and Grammy winner besides – singer and musician Harry Connick Jr., entertained the cruise line’s VIP friends on the star-studded night occasion, which concluded with a dramatic fireworks show over the harbor.
“We’ve been eagerly awaiting this historic day as we christen our first new ship in additional than 10 years and pave the best way for an thrilling future,” stated Oceania Cruises’ President Frank A. Del Rio.
“The world-class expertise of this stunning ceremony completely aligns with Vista’s impeccable onboard expertise, which includes a beautiful design, distinctive leisure, top-notch service and revolutionary culinary delights. We’re so grateful to our workforce members and companions worldwide who’ve labored tirelessly to convey us to Vista’s grand debut,” he added.
Giada De Laurentis Creates Signature Dishes
De Laurentiis, who hosted the Meals Community TV exhibits “On a regular basis Italian” and “Giada at Residence,” will create two signature dishes Vista friends can get pleasure from at Toscana, the ship’s Italian specialty restaurant, and in The Grand Eating Room.
“I’m so honored to have been chosen as godmother of this unbelievable new ship and be part of this wonderful night time in Malta. From superb culinary experiences to considerate particulars at each flip, Vista is really a dream ship. Cheers to this inaugural season and to everybody who sails aboard her,” stated De Laurentiis.
Previous to Connick’s hour-long efficiency, friends on the glittering ceremony watched the opening of “Into the Night time,” one in all a number of stage exhibits that shall be carried out aboard Vista. The dance present was led by skilled dancer Britt Stewart, who additionally was a choreographer for the hit TV present “Dancing with the Stars.”
Different stage productions that shall be provided on the brand new ship embody Headliners, a live performance that includes pop songs, and The Anchor Inn, providing UK-centric tune and dance routines carried out within the setting of a West Finish Pub. A fourth manufacturing, The Music Triangle, shall be added later this 12 months and can deal with the roots of music.
Vista Gives Spacious Normal Staterooms
Vista, an all-balcony ship, has normal staterooms that rank among the many largest within the business at 290 sq. toes. She additionally options Concierge Degree Veranda cabins for solo vacationers.
Vista presents 11 eating venues, together with three which can be new: Aquamar Kitchen, serving wellness-inspired dishes; The Bakery at Baristas, specializing in freshly baked pastries, and a signature restaurant known as Ember.
The ship additionally presents eight bars, lounges, and leisure venues, and the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Middle and Aquamar Spa Terrace.
Following her 7-night roundtrip VIP christening cruise, Vista will sail her maiden voyage on Might 13 from Rome to Venice. Port calls embody Sorrento and Messina, Italy, Argostoli and Corfu, Greece, and Dubrovnik and Zadar, Croatia.
The ship will spend the summer time within the Mediterranean. In late August, she will reposition to New York and function an 11-day cruise to Montreal earlier than crusing to her winter homeport of PortMiami, the place she’s going to supply itineraries visiting Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.