Oceania Cruises has christened its newest ship, Vista, at a ceremony in Valletta, Malta. Vicky Mayer reports.
Against the dramatic backdrop of Valletta, Oceania Cruises celebrated the launch of the 1,200-passenger Vista, its first new ship in a decade, on 8 May.
“I am honoured to have been chosen as godmother of this incredible new ship,” said De Laurentiis. “From amazing culinary experiences to thoughtful details at every turn, Vista is truly a dream ship.”
Oceania Cruises president Frank A Del Rio added: “We have been eagerly awaiting this historic day as we christen our first new ship in more than 10 years and pave the way for an exciting future.
“The world-class experience of this beautiful ceremony perfectly aligns with Vista’s impeccable on-board experience, which features a stunning design, exceptional entertainment, top-notch service and innovative culinary delights.
“We are so thankful to our team members and partners worldwide who have worked tirelessly to bring us to Vista’s grand debut.”
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As well as witnessing the christening, guests were treated to the opening performance of Into the Night, Vista’s dance-centric theatrical show led by Dancing with the Stars.
There was also an exclusive 60-minute set by legendary jazz pianist Harry Connick Jr, who said: “I’ve been honoured to perform at countless special occasions but I have to say that celebrating this beautiful ship’s entry into service was extra special.”
The spectacular evening ended with celebratory fireworks over Valletta’s historic harbour.
Following a seven-night roundtrip VIP christening cruise, Vista will sail its maiden voyage on 13 May from Rome to Venice, before embarking on a sold out summer in the Mediterranean.
In September, the ship will sail to Canada and New England before heading south for a series of winter itineraries exploring Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
Oceania Cruises also recently named its second Allura-class ship.
The 1,200-guest Allura is currently under construction in Italy and will sail its maiden voyage in spring 2025.