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Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis Named Godmother of Oceania Cruises’ New Ship

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis has been named godmother of Miami-based cruise line Oceania Cruises’ newest ship Vista, which will begin sailing in May.

The Italian-American chef is best known in the US, but would also be known this side of the Atlantic for her Giada at Home show on Food Network.

She has won and Emmy award for that show and is also a celebrated restaurateur and author.

Oceania Cruises has announced that it will hold the christening and naming ceremony for the Vista in Malta’s capital Valletta on May 8.

The star-studded event will also feature musician and actor, Harry Connick Jr.

The singer said: “I am delighted to be a part of this special occasion; bringing music and song to such an important moment in Oceania Cruises’ story is an honor. Performing against the backdrop of the beautiful city of Valletta, alongside this elegant new ship, will be a privilege to remember for years to come.”

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 catalogue 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.”

Ms De Laurentiis will create two signature dishes to be served on board Vista.

Ms De Laurentiis said: “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.”

“Cooking authentic Italian fare is my biggest passion in life. I cannot wait to savour the different flavours and explore the myriad dining venues on board Vista, a ship that will provide unforgettable culinary experiences for decades to come.”

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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