We're just days away from Silver Spirit's arrival in Fort Lauderdale and the excitement is growing!

Please join us here at the Silver Spirit Blog next Thursday, 21 January, at 10:00 a.m. US East Coast time to watch live streaming video of the invitation-only Christening Ceremony.

This time-honoured tradition, elegantly staged in an intimate dockside setting, will feature Silver Spirit Godmother Silvia Lefebvre D'Ovidio, the sister of Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre D'Ovidio, christening the ship with a balthazar of Moët & Chandon (the equivalent of 16 bottles).  A smaller replica of the champagne bottle will be auctioned off as a memento during Silver Spirit's Grand Inaugural Voyage to benefit the Maruzza Lefebvre D'Ovidio Foundation, a non-profit organisation spearheaded by Silvia Lefebvre D'Ovidio.  A major part of its energy and resources is dedicated to the diffusion of palliative care for children, babies and adolescents affected by incurable disease.  For more information on the Foundation, visit

Also planned for the Christening Ceremony is a special duet performance of one of the world's most beautiful songs, "The Prayer," by two vocalists from the Florida Grand Opera's Young Artists Programme.  Julia Ebner has performed in various roles as soprano with numerous ensembles throughout the US including the Syracuse Opera, Opera North and the Tri-Cities Opera.  The featured tenor, David Bailey, recently received his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Skylight Opera, Charlemagne Orchestra in Belgium, and the Utah Festival Orchestra.

So be sure to tune in here next Thursday for a front-row seat at the celebrations to honour Silver Spirit, the new icon of luxury cruising.

Jan 15, 2010