The celebration was hosted by Silversea chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, whose daughter Costanza served as the godmother. CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg was master of ceremonies.
The prince welcomed Silver Muse and said it represents the 'next generation of cruise ships with respect to both fuel efficiency and energy-saving technology. We share with Silversea common values and principles surrounding responsible environmental practices, and the development of sustainable business activities. The preservation of the oceans is a crucial priority for future generations.'
Lefebvre referred to the close ties between Silversea and Monaco, its base of operations, calling it 'the natural choice' for the christening of Silver Muse. 'Silversea is an Italian, family-owned business, yet our heart will always be shared with the Principality as we continue to move forward,' he said.
Silversea ceo Roberto Martinoli described Silver Muse as an evolution of the Silversea hallmarks that set the company apart. 'With eight dining options, offering 28 varieties of culinary delights,' he said, 'Silver Muse has redefined the art of gastronomy at sea.'
Guests at the ceremony included Monaco minister of state Serge Telle, the archbishop of Monaco, Abercrombie & Kent founder Geoffrey Kent and Gerald Lawless, chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council.