On Friday night (July 15), German singer and songwriter Lena Meyer-Landrut christened Mein Schiff 5 off Lübeck-Travemünde. After performing the hit song 'Satellite,' Lena beamed a laser off the top of 119-meter-high Maritim Strandhotel at Travemunde which set off a mechanism smashing the bottle of Champagne against the ship's hull.
The ceremony featured performances by the acrobats 'Les Oiseaux du paradis' (The Birds of Paradise) and Lukas Irmler. Fireworks capped the festivities, streamed live on LED screens set up along Travemünde beach.
About 1,800 passengers and 300 guests attended the onboard event, including Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chairman and ceo.
Mein Schiff 5 arrived in Travemünde at 9:00 p.m. following a short cruise out of Kiel. The vessel remained offshore for the christening ceremony and returned to port of Kiel Saturday morning.
Mein Schiff 5 will operate on various itineraries in the Baltic, to Western Europe and Norway for the rest of summer, before crossing the Atlantic ocean bound for the Caribbean.