Oceania Cruises announced that it has named celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis as the godmother of its newest ship, the Vista.
The ship will make its debut in May 2023 and the christening and naming ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 8 in Valletta, Malta.
Aside from De Laurentiis, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, pianist and actor Harry Connick Jr. will appear at the ceremony.
Frank A. Del Rio, president of Oceania Cruises, said: “We are thrilled that Giada and Harry are joining us to welcome Vista, our first new ship in more than a decade. Harry’s laid-back, classic style and impressive back catalog will provide the perfect soundtrack to an important evening in our 20-year history.
“As the world’s leading culinary-focused cruise line, bringing Giada into the Oceania Cruises family was an easy decision. Her casual yet sophisticated style and devout love of quality cuisine are the perfect recipe for Vista. She truly personifies our first Allura Class ship and we could not be more delighted that she has agreed to be godmother of Vista.”
De Laurentiis will create two signature dishes to be served on the ship Vista and guests will be able to enjoy these delicacies in Toscana, Oceania Cruises’ Italian specialty restaurant, as well as The Grand Dining Room.
“Working with Frank and the Oceania Cruises team on the christening of Vista and having the honor of officiating as godmother is a dream come true, especially as she sets sail on her christening voyage from my birthplace of Rome,” said De Laurentiis.
“Cooking authentic Italian fare is my biggest passion in life. I cannot wait to savor the different flavors and explore the myriad dining venues on board Vista, a ship that will provide unforgettable culinary experiences for decades to come.”
In its 2024 summer season, Oceania Cruises’ newest ship will offer sailings in the eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic Seas, with calls throughout Italy, Turkey, Greece and the Holy Lands.