An Extraordinary Evening: Seabourn Ovation Christened In Valletta, Malta

On May 11, Seabourn introduced Seabourn Ovation, our newest vessel, to the world with a festive naming ceremony in the beautiful baroque harbor of Valletta, Malta. The well-orchestrated line-up of celebratory events included 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 naming tradition.

That triumphant moment was broadcast on a large viewing screen for guests of the maiden voyage and other invited attendees to see.

In addition to live performances, Seabourn President Richard Meadows and Seabourn Ovation Captain Stig Betten spoke to the guests.

"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 Meadows. "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."

A full orchestra ensemble on the pool deck performed themed music 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 was capped with a brilliant fireworks display that lit up the harbor of Valletta.

Following the ceremony, the ship continued on her maiden voyage to Barcelona. Seabourn Ovation will spend the majority of her maiden season cruising the waters of Northern Europe, exploring the Baltic, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The ship will offer a series of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavia cruises between Copenhagen and Stockholm, which will include Seabourn's signature three-day stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Seabourn Ovation will also sail on longer 14-day voyages, visiting the majestic Norwegian fjords and British Isles.

To learn more about Seabourn Ovation, call Seabourn  at (800) 929-9391 or visit

Images above: Award-winning actress and singer, Elaine Paige OBE, served as Godmother of Seabourn Ovation by christening the ship in Valletta, Malta. Cheered on by Seabourn President Rick Meadows, Ms. Paige broke the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship's bow. Later she received a special bridge tour from the ship's Captain, Stig Betten (left), and Staff Captain, Stefan Tsvetkov. The truly incredible evening ended with a custom fireworks display.