Genoa, Italy, June 19: The Yachts of Seabourn has taken delivery of the cruise industryâ€™s first ultra-luxury vessel to launch in six years. Built at T.Mariotti shipyard in Genoa and with a gross tonnage of 32,000, Seabourn Odyssey will be launched and named in Venice on June 24 before embarking on her maiden voyage.
â€œThis is certainly a very historic day for our company, as today we took delivery of our beautiful new yacht, Seabourn Odyssey,â€ said Pamela Conover, president and CEO of Seabourn. â€œThis moment marks a milestone occasion in Seabournâ€™s history; Seabourn Odyssey is the first of three new sisters to be introduced over the next two years and sets a new standard for the ultra-luxury cruise industry. We hope our guests will be as delighted as we are and we look forward to welcoming them aboard to enjoy a new era in Seabournâ€™s yachting life.â€
The $250 million Seabourn Odyssey will be launched in an intimate ceremony with the unmistakable skyline of Venice as the backdrop. In a twist from traditional naming ceremonies, all guests sailing on the Maiden Voyage will be named â€˜godparentsâ€™ with the breaking of a bottle of Italian Prosecco to mark the occasion. An ingenious bottle breaking mechanism has been designed especially for the event. Following the on-deck event, all â€˜godparentsâ€™ will receive a commemorative certificate and their names will be affixed to a plaque displayed onboard.
Follow the events in Venice on the Seabourn Odyssey blog. Additionally, Pamela Conover will be â€˜tweetingâ€™ from Italy on the run up to the inaugural events which include a two-day pre-maiden voyage for travel agency partners. Links to video clips on YouTube and photos on Facebook will also be available to followers. Or follow the links on the Seabourn website www.seabourn.com.