One of the world’s best-loved actresses and singers, Elaine Paige, will serve as godmother to Seabourn’s new all-suite ship, the Seabourn Ovation.

The naming ceremony will take place on May 11 at the Grand Harbour, Valletta, during a spectacular ceremony that will light up the Unesco World Heritage site and 2018 European Capital of Culture. Seabourn enjoys a multi-year partnership with Unesco to support its efforts to protect world heritage.

“I am so honoured to have been asked to be godmother to the Seabourn Ovation,” said Ms Paige.

“Seabourn’s legendary service has the same DNA as a hit West End show: a dedicated cast of professionals who all come together to deliver a superb performance, whatever their role. I cannot wait to board the beautiful Seabourn Ovation and send her off into the world!”

Elaine Paige originated the role of Eva Peron in Evita, followed by Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess. She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation – from Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes and Sunset Boulevard to The King & I, Sweeney Todd and Follies.

With an impressive and glittering roster of accolades, Ms Paige bears the unofficial title of ‘The First Lady of British Musical Theatre’. She has defined musicals and simply set the gold standard. In 1995, she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to musical theatre by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Seabourn Ovation is the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet. With stunning contemporary interiors by design icon Adam Tihany, culinary expertise by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller, specially commissioned entertainment by Sir Tim Rice and an exciting programme of on-board speakers, the Ovation will sail on a variety of voyages in and around Europe between May and November this year, hailing at ports throughout northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

The Seabourn Ovation will expand and build on the line’s award-winning and highly-acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. A sister ship to the Seabourn Encore, the Seabourn Ovation will maintain the line’s high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalised service.

For more details about the Seabourn fleet or to explore the worldwide selection of cruising options, contact local sales agents The Cruise & Travel Group on 2122 2999 or

(Content provided by The Cruise & Travel Group)


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