Celebrity Cruises’ 122,000 gross ton, 2,886 guest CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE was named in the port of Hamburg in a gala ceremony held on board the ship on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE at Hamburg. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2011.

The event, which was performed inside the ship’s state of the art Silhouette Theater, commenced with a special video created for the occasion, followed by a procession of the Royal Air Force Halton Pipes and Drums. The ship’s veteran cruise director Nick Weir was Master of Ceremonies and blessings were given by Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild of Schleswig-Holstein and Pastor Frank Engelbrecht of St. Catherine’s Church in Hamburg. The Greek Anthem (in tribute to the ship’s Greek officers as well as Celebrity Cruises origins from former parent company, Chandris Cruises) and the German Anthem (in tribute to the ship’s builders and the port of Hamburg) were sung.

A captain, two CEOs and four SOLSTICE Class Godmothers gather as the ceremonial ribbon descends. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2011.

Dan Hanrahan, CEO of Celebrity Cruises and Richard Fain, CEO of Celebrity’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, spoke prior to the procession of the Godmothers of CELEBRITY SOLSTICE, CELEBRITY EQUINOX and CELEBRITY ECLIPSE to the stage to join the CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE’s Godmother, Michelle Morgan, CEO of Signature Travel, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. All four Godmothers, in addition to being very successful women in their respective fields, are breast cancer survivors.

The ribbon was brought to the stage in Cirque de Soleil-style via an acrobat on a guy line. Once cut, it released a magnum of champagne into the ship’s forward funnel as well as a blizzard of confetti from the rafters.

Escorted by a fire boat, CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE makes her way down the Riber Elbe past the Hamburg waterfront. The Blohm and Voss shipyard is to the left. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2011.

Shortly afterwards, the CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE, whistle blowing, departed Hamburg, escorted by a fireboat. The banks of the Elbe were filled with onlookers as the ship made its way into the North Sea for a short inaugural cruise before her scheduled return to Hamburg on July 23, where she will commence her maiden voyage, a seven night cruise to Civitavecchia. A full Sea Treks report and Decked! gallery will soon follow.

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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