Ovation’s big milestone
SEABOURN’S newest vessel, Seabourn Ovation, reached a milestone last week, marked by a traditional coin and launch ceremony for the ship.
The festivities were officiated by Seabourn’s longest-serving female shipboard team member, Jan Stearman, who served as the vessel’s “madrina” (godmother).
Seabourn president Richard Meadows, Fincantieri Shipyard director Paolo Capobianco and
Seabourn Ovation captain Stig Betten oversaw the welding of two commemorative gold coins to the ship’s mast.
Stearman then cut the ship’s cord to allow water to flow into the ship’s building dock ahead of it being floated out from its dry dock and moved to its outfitting dock at the shipyard, where it will undergo final construction.
“Watching the coin ceremony and seeing Seabourn Ovation officially touch the water for the first time today was a very special moment for all of us at Seabourn, representing a significant step toward the further expansion of our luxury fleet,” said Richard Meadows, president of the line.
Seabourn Ovation will be delivered in 2018, embarking on an 11-day inaugural voyage from Venice to Barcelona on 05 May. The sister ship to Seabourn
Encore will have capacity for 600 guests and every suite will have a veranda, living area, a walk in closet and a marble bathroom with a seperate bath and shower.
Seabourn Ovation is pictured above as water flowed into its building dock.