On Wednesday, July 13 in Monte Carlo Monaco, Princess Charlene christened "the most luxurious ship ever".
Accompanied by her husband and the reigning monarch of Monaco, Prince Albert II, Charlene who is former Olympic swimmer cut the red velvet ribbon to send the primat of Veuve Clicquot champagne crashing against the hull of Seven Seas Explorer, luxury line Regent's new ship.
The royal couple arrived at the formal event after over 700 attendees had taken seats in front of a stage alongside the vessel. They promenaded down a center aisle, followed by Regent's top executives. The princess wore a floor-length silver gown.
The princess said just 17 words during the 2-hour event hosted by Kevin Frazier:
"I christen this ship Seven Seas Explorer. God bless her and all those who sail on her,"
The princess then blew a kiss at the 750-passenger vessel lined with crew members. The christening was followed by a 45-min live concert performance by Andrea Bocelli.
In a speech during the event, Frank Del Rio, the CEO of Regent's parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said Monaco was the perfect setting for the christening of such a ship.
Explorer is Regent's first new vessel in over a decade. It initially sails in Mediterranean on a range of 8- to 14-night itineraries with prices starting at USD 6,799 pp. The ship will be redeployed to Caribbean for the winter.