Regent Seven Seas Cruises officially christened Seven Seas Splendor on Saturday [22 February, 2020] night, with Godmother, actress and supermodel Christie Brinkley bestowed with the honour at an event in Miami.
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.
Brinkley was joined on the stage of the ship’s Constellation Theater by Norwegian Cruise Line Holding’s President and CEO Frank Del Rio, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ President and CEO Jason Montague and Captain of Seven Seas Splendor, Captain Serena Melani.
“Seven Seas Splendor is the epitome of luxury perfected,” said Frank Del Rio. “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.”
Seven Seas 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 personalised service and comfort on board.
Following Melani on stage, Brinkley delivered the traditional maritime blessing: “I hereby name this ship Seven Seas Splendor. May God bless her and all who sail on her”.
The world-famous supermodel, proud mother and successful entrepreneur then pressed 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.
“Gorgeous is the word I use to describe Seven Seas Splendor,” Brinkley said. “All the details on this ship are amazing, from the artistic style of the Italian marble, the artwork and chandeliers, to the sculpture of the mythical dragon outside Pacific Rim. Every inch of this light and bright ship is filled with luxurious details. My parents had cruised on Regent ships. If they were here today, they would be so excited and proud for me to be Godmother to Seven Seas Splendor.”
To conclude the celebration, guests were treated to a concert by four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Seal. Seal’s multi-genre set featured his hit songs ‘Kiss From A Rose’ and ‘Crazy,’ as well as classics from his most recent 2017 album Standards.
Splendor is the cruise company’s fifth ship, a sister-ship to Seven Seas Explorer which was delivered in 2016.
Storms in Miami prevented the event from being held dockside as planned, with the ship pushing back on its christening cruise late into the evening.