Claudine Pepin, the ship’s godmother, delivered the traditional blessing alongside Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO, Frank Del Rio (at right) and President & COO for Oceania Cruises, Jason Montague.
Photo credit – Mark Ashman, Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises officially welcomed its newest ship, Sirena, into the fleet yesterday with thetraditional christening ceremony at the Port of Barcelona. After the ship’s godmother, Claudine Pépin, blessed the ship and all that sail on her, a bottle of Moët & Chandon kissed the ship’s hull and a flurry of confetti filled the sky in celebration of Sirena’s inaugural voyage.
Joining Pépin for the signature bottle-breaking moment were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO, Frank Del Rio; President & COO for Oceania Cruises, Jason Montague and Claudine’s father, master chef Jacques Pépin. The Pépin family and Oceania Cruises have enjoyed a long and treasured relationship, with Jacques Pépin serving as the line’s Executive Culinary Director since its inception.
“We launched Oceania Cruises with a visionary belief that we could create something special. With an unwavering commitment to serve our guests the finest cuisine at sea, we established a culinary reputation that to this day defines the Oceania Cruises brand,” said Del Rio. “That culinary tradition continues, as we welcome Sirena to the family. Sirena builds upon our epicurean heritage with new gourmet dining experiences, and in godmother Claudine Pépin who is a noted chef and member of the culinary world’s royal family.”
The 684 pax Sirena follows the design blueprint of its sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, with amenities such as 4 gourmet restaurants, 6 lounges and bars, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and 342 suites and staterooms. Sirena has been transformed since NCLH purchased the Ocean Princes. Before entering service, the ship underwent a 35day, nearly $50 million refurbishment that renovated all public spaces and accommodations and added several new amenities.