Oceania Cruises chooses Malta for christening ceremony of new cruise ship

Oceania Cruises' Vista promises an unparalleled luxury experience for high-end clients seeking the ultimate cruise adventure


Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), celebrated the christening of their latest addition, MV Vista. This state-of-the-art vessel promises an unparalleled luxury experience for high-end clients seeking the ultimate cruise adventure.

The christening ceremony, a multi-million euro occasion, proved to be a resounding success, leaving a lasting positive impact on over 700 guests on board the ship as well as local VIPs and dignitaries.

The guests, including prominent figures from Oceania Cruises and a number of international cruise and travel media personalities, were invited to participate in a seven-day inaugural cruise around the Mediterranean. Notable personalities such as renowned Celebrity Chef Giada de Laurentis and Singer/Composer Harry Connick Jr. graced the event, adding to the glamour and excitement.

The vessel's blessing was conducted by Archbishop Scicluna and Rabbi Segal from Miami, symbolising a harmonious union of cultures and faiths.

During the ceremony, Mr. Frank Del Rio, President of NCLH, whilst expounding on the success of Norwegian Cruise Lines and Oceania expressed his gratitude to the individuals who supported him throughout his tenure, including the Mifsud Family.

As a gesture of appreciation of friendship between Norwegian Cruise Lines and SMS a five-year scholarship for a master's degree at ITS Malta was announced in honour of the late Neville Mifsud ex-Chairman of the SMS Group.

To conclude the enchanting evening, the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) sponsored a spectacular firework display that illuminated the skies, captivating all in attendance and further enhancing the celebratory atmosphere.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s partnership with SMS Group and its various subsidiaries played a pivotal role in the success of this grand event.

SMS International Shore Operations, a subsidiary of SMS Group, handle the ground operations in multiple ports worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Malta. With over 1000 employees stationed across various ports, SMS International Operations is recognized as one of the largest global operators in the sector.

In Malta, SMS serve as the dedicated port agents for NCL and Oceania Cruises, ensuring smooth operations and exceptional service for the company and its esteemed guests..

Oceania Cruises, a part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), is renowned for providing exceptional luxury cruise experiences to discerning travellers. With a commitment to excellence, Oceania Cruises offers unparalleled itineraries, exquisite cuisine, and world-class service.

About SMS Group: SMS Group was established as a company in the early 1960s whilst tracing it business roots to 1876. The Group is active in Shore Operations, Travel, Tourism, Insurance, Shipping, Logistics as well as Language Schools, and operates in a host of countries.

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