Sea Cloud Spirit christened in Palma, readies for launch

Contingency godmother Gabriela Toran bestowed with honour at the 11th hour

Sea Cloud Cruises officially named and christened Sea Cloud Spirit in Palma de Mallorca, Spain this week.

“May you always carry a special spirit across the oceans, as your name promises,” said Gabriela Toran, who christened the ship. The wife of the ship’s designer Iñigo Echenique took over the godmother duties for the ship after the originally planned godmother Infanta Elena of Spain had to cancel.

The ceremony speech proved Gabriela Toran’s deep attachment to the tall ship, being a part of the project from the initial idea to her successful completion.

Officer Vukota Stojanovic, Gabriela Toran and Klaus Gerken

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Sea Cloud Spirit is the modern interpretation of the shipping company’s flagship, Sea Cloud, which has been in operation for over 90 years. The classically hand-sailed newbuild combines the comfort of a five-star luxury ship with the traditional seamanship of those windjammers that pioneered modern world trade in the transition from the 19th to the 20th century.

This three-masted, full-rigged ship can accommodate up to 136 guests and is equipped with all the characteristics of a modern cruise liner, including balcony cabins, a wellness area and a fitness centre. Conceptually, the ship is an alternative offering for all cruisers in the premium segment who want to forgo the large passenger ships, but don’t want to miss out on sea travel.

Sea Cloud Spirit will set off on her maiden voyage from Rome on 14 September. After initial voyages along the Italian coast between Tuscany and Sicily, the vessel will cruise the waters around the Canary Islands from November 2021 to April 2022.

For the winter season 2022/2023, the new ship is scheduled to debut in the Caribbean and Central America, and will also offer voyages from Florida to small Bahamian islands.

Lead image: At the christening from left are – Captain Gerald Schöber, Hermann Ebel, Sea Cloud Spirit godmother Gabriela Toran, Mileva Ebel, Klaus Gerken, Ulrike Bellmann, Adam Pazdzioch and Iñigo Echenique.

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