Oceania Cruises Riviera makes her debut
The American national anthem was sung by a quartet of the ships entertainment company, followed by the Spanish National anthem. Soprano Alina Furman and Tenor Giorgio Olmo performed a rousing rendition of "Barcelona".
The Mayor of Barcelona joined nearly 1,300 guests along with the president of the Port of Barcelona.
Frank J. Del Rio, the line’s founder and chairman, and Kunal S. Kamlani, the line’s president, presided over festivities that ended with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne, custom-made by Veuve Clicquot, commemoratively breaking against the ship’s hull.
"Today, the baton as the world’s premiere ship has passed to Riviera," said Del Rio. "When asked, I’ve repeatedly said that it was going to be hard to improve on Marina’s perfection, but I didn’t say it would be impossible. And we have done just that - improved on perfection."
Like Marina, her sister ship, Riviera also features a Bon Appétit Culinary Center, a Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, luxurious suites by Dakota Jackson, Ralph Lauren Home-furnished Owner’s Suites, and a grand Lalique staircase lit from above by a dazzling, custom-made chandelier. Her distinguishing features include a museum-worthy collection of fine art focusing on the works of some of Latin America’s most accomplished and admired contemporary artists and an Artist Loft with hands-on instruction.