The ceremony will light up the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Seabourn has a multi-year partnership with UNESCO to support its efforts to protect world heritage at sites around the globe.
'Elaine's talents are boundless and, like Seabourn, the world is her stage and she is constantly seeking out new adventures,' Seabourn president Rick Meadows said.
For her part Paige said 'Seabourn's legendary service has the same DNA as a hit West End show: a dedicated cast of professionals who all come together to deliver a superb performance, whatever their role. I can't wait to board the beautiful Seabourn Ovation and send her off into the world.'
Paige originated the role of Eva Peron in 'Evita,' followed by Grizabella in 'Cats' and Florence in 'Chess.' She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation—from 'Hair,' 'Jesus Christ Superstar,' 'Anything Goes' and 'Sunset Boulevard' to 'The King & I,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Follies' and many more.
In 1995, Paige was awarded an OBE for services to musical theatre by Queen Elizabeth II.
Paige has performed around the world, recorded 22 solo albums, has been featured on seven cast albums and earned eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs, achieving chart-topping hits including signature tunes 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' and 'I Know Him So Well.'
Her television work includes drama on BBC and ITV, her own series on SKY Arts, and more roles to be aired on BBC and ITV this year. She continues to host her own BBC Radio 2 show, regularly attracting 2.5m listeners every week.
When not performing, Paige works for numerous charities including The Children's Trust.
Seabourn Ovation will sail on a variety of cruises in and around Europe between May and November, calling at ports throughout Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.