MARINA Madrina

The MARINA being floated out of her Sestri Ponente builder's berth near Genoa earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Tim Rubacky, Prestige Cruise Holdings.

Oceania Cruises announced Monday that Mary Hart, philanthropist and host of Entertainment Tonight, will be the Godmother to the much-anticipated MV MARINA, the first of a pair of exciting 66,000 gt, 1250 passenger newbuilds for highly-rated Oceania. The ceremony, will be held in Miami on February 5 and culminate with Ms. Hart releasing a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac, into the ship’s hull. MARINA will then sail on a three night media and travel agent introductory cruise before beginning her official maiden voyage, an eighteen night trans-canal cruise to Los Angeles.

“It’s very exciting, and a bit humbling,” said Hart, “I’m truly honored to serve as the Godmother for MARINA– she will be a very special ship. And, I look forward to smashing a great bottle of champagne as we let the celebration begin!”

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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