Miami, December 6, 2010 â€“ ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT host Mary Hart is confirmed as the godmother of Oceania Cruisesâ€™ new cruise ship Marina. Hart will name the ship in Miami at a lavish, invitation-only christening ceremony February 5, which will culminate with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac, commemoratively crashing against the hull.
A beloved television personality, this year marks Hartâ€™s final season as host of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT â€“ the number one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world, which enters its 30th season this year. Hart joined the popular show as a correspondent in June 1982, and within weeks was named co-anchor.
In her personal life, Hart has been involved with philanthropic causes devoted to children. A member of the board of trustees for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, she currently serves as Leadership Chair of the New Hospital Campaign. Hart is also an ambassador for Childhelp USA, which combats child abuse. For many years she served on the board of directors for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and continues her affiliation with the Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network, for which she was telethon co-host for 15 years. Hart is the recipient of the Samaritan Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for her work on behalf of several childrenâ€™s charities. In 2001, she was honored with the first-ever Childrenâ€™s Miracle Achievement Award for her â€œlong-standing commitment to children and contributing in many ways to bettering the lives of children everywhere.â€
â€œItâ€™s very exciting, and a bit humbling,â€ said Hart, â€œIâ€™m truly honored to serve as the Godmother for Marina â€“ she will be a very special ship. And, I look forward to smashing a great bottle of champagne as we let the celebration begin!â€
â€Mary Hart personifies elegance and style, just like our magnificent Marina,â€ stated Frank Del Rio, chairman and CEO of Prestige Cruise Holdings, the lineâ€™s parent company. â€œWe especially salute her philanthropic work devoted to childrenâ€™s causes and we are proud to welcome her to the Oceania Cruises family.â€
After christening festivities in Miami, Marina sets sail Feb. 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina then operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.
At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 guests, Marina features an array of stylish bars and lounges and 10 dining venues â€“ six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants â€“ including Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for Chef Jacques PÃ©pin. Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon AppÃ©tit Culinary Center, Ownerâ€™s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique.
To learn more about Marina, contact a travel professional, visit OceaniaCruises.com or call toll-free at 800-531-5658.