Seven Seas Splendor was christened in Miami, 23 February, with Veuve Clicquot and lots of black-tie fanfare. One of the keynote speakers was the luxury cruise ship’s Captain, Italian Serena Melani, above, whose hobbies when she is not onboard include hiking back home around Livorno (she is such a lovely person, as Girlahead, who sailed with her Christmas 2016, can attest – it was she who introduced Girlahead to what is now a company signature, the block party, when, early in a cruise, travellers get to know their neighbours).
The ship was christened by entrepreneur Christie Brinkley, who instead of trying to smash the 15-litre (sic) bottle against the ship’s hull merely pushed a button, which fortunately did the necessary. Guests were then entertained by English star Seal, a former architect. born Henry Samuel in London to Afro-Brazilian and Nigerian parents. Tonight, he sand “Kiss From A Rose” and “Crazy,” as well as classics from his most recent album Standards, inspired by his love of Rat Pack-era jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues – he performed several Frank Sinatra signature songs, including “Luck Be A Lady,” “That’s Life” and “It Was a Very Good Year”.
The evening was hosted by Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas’ parent, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd – “Seven Seas Splendor is magnificent”, he said. He was accompanied, naturally, by Regent Seven Seas’ President and CEO, Jason Montague. www.rssc.com