Vista’s godmother Giada De Laurentiis officially named the ship in the ceremony in Valletta
Oceania Cruises has held a ceremony in Valletta, Malta, to christen its latest ship, Vista.
During the christening ceremony, guests watched the opening performance of Vista's dance-centric theatrical show, ‘Into the Night,’ led by professional dancer and choreographer, Britt Stewart. Italian American chef and the ship’s godmother, Giada De Laurentiis, then officially named and christened Vista, before VIP guests were able to attend a concert by musician Harry Connick, Jr. The evening concluded with fireworks over Valletta's harbour.
“We have been eagerly awaiting this historic day as we christen our first new ship in more than ten years and pave the way for an exciting future,” said Frank A. Del Rio, president of Oceania Cruises. “The world-class experience of this beautiful ceremony perfectly aligns with Vista’s impeccable onboard experience, which features a stunning design, exceptional entertainment, top-notch service and innovative culinary delights. We are so thankful to our team members and partners worldwide who have worked tirelessly to bring us to Vista’s grand debut.”
Vista measures 791 feet (241 meters) in length, weighing over 67,000 tons, and accommodating 1,200 guests at double occupancy. It offers spacious all-veranda accommodations, including standard staterooms measuring over 290 square feet. The ship has a staffing ratio of two crew members for every three guests. Additionally, Vista introduces new Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms designed for solo travellers. The ship features a range of onboard activities, including bars, lounges, and entertainment venues, along with the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center and Aquamar Spa Terrace.
The ship also offers 11 onboard culinary venues, including three new additions exclusive to Vista. These include Aquamar Kitchen, The Bakery at Baristas, and Ember, a new signature restaurant. Vista also introduces The Casino Mixology Bar, a concept dedicated to the art of cocktail-making. As godmother, De Laurentiis will create two signature dishes to be served in Toscana, Oceania Cruises' Italian specialty restaurant, as well as The Grand Dining Room, a culinary venue.
"I am so honoured to have been chosen as godmother of this incredible new ship and be a part of this glorious night in Malta,” said De Laurentiis. “From amazing culinary experiences to thoughtful details at every turn, Vista is truly a dream ship. Cheers to this inaugural season and to everyone who sails onboard her.”
Following a seven-night christening cruise, Vista will embark on its maiden voyage between the Italian cities of Rome and Venice on 13 May. It will then begin a summer season in the Mediterranean, before sailing to Canada and New England in September. The ship will then heading south for a series of winter itineraries exploring Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean from its homeport in Miami.