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January 21, 2010

Silver Spirit is officially launched

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The fancy new Silver Spirit was officially christened today in Fort Lauderdale. The pier was done up to reflect the art deco decor of the ship, classical musicians played and opera singers sang. All very classy, of course, as you would expect from ultraluxury cruise line Silversea, launching its first new ship in nine years.

The Spirit is the line’s largest ship by far, carrying 540 passengers, but still small by today’s ship standards. Line officials made big hints another new ship would follow. Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre said it’s fun to see the vision of a new ship become a reality and added, “You will see more of these.”

Lefebvre’s sister, Silvia Lefebvre, did the honors of christening the ship as its Godmother, but oops, the champagne bottle attached to a tether did a big thud, and then another, and then another, until a staff member grabbed the line and made sure the bottle smashed.

Officials later blamed the wind, because while the skies were sunny and temps in the 70s, there was a breeze.

Some 450 invited guests were in attendance including passengers embarking today on the ship’s 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage.

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