We are very excited to announce that Oceania Cruises’ stunning new ship, the 1,250-guest Riviera, will be christened in Monte Carlo on April 19, 2012. The lavish, invitation-only gala ceremony will take place pier-side at Monaco’s Port Hercules overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Design plans call for trellises of fresh local flowers, plants and columns to transform the pier into a garden taking its inspiration from the famous Princess Grace Rose Garden. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a gala reception and dinner onboard Riviera.
“We are delighted that Oceania Cruises has chosen Port Hercules as the spot to launch its new Riviera,” said Maguy Maccario, consul general and director, North America, Monaco Government Tourist Office. “We look forward to welcoming Riviera and her invited guests to the Principality of Monaco for what will surely be an exciting event, set against the backdrop of one of the most glamorous destinations in the world.”
Following the christening cruise, Riviera will embark on her maiden voyage, the 12-day Ancient Grandeur itinerary. Departing Athens on April 24, Riviera will visit fascinating and diverse ports of call such as Alexandria, Egypt; Haifa, Israel; Rhodes, Greece; and Istanbul, Turkey. Riviera will spend the summer and fall cruising the Mediterranean and then cross the Atlantic to spend the winter in the islands of the Caribbean.
Ever since Marina debuted to wide acclaim in January, we have been anticipating the arrival of her sister ship, Riviera. The excitement is building throughout the Oceania Cruises team as Riviera‘s christening is now just a few short months away.