Scenic Opal: Christening of Scenic’s newest ship

Dignitaries at the ship's christening: Rev. Douglas Robinson, godmother Claire Newell and Capt. Ferenc Szilagyi
Dignitaries at the ship’s christening: Rev. Douglas Robinson, godmother Claire Newell and Capt. Ferenc Szilagyi

ABOARD THE SCENIC OPAL – Yesterday was quite a busy day in Cochem, Germany, a lovely town on the Moselle River. In the morning we took a walking tour of this picturesque village and visited its main point of interest, the Reichsburg Castle.

In the afternoon we attended the christening of this lovely river ship.

Christenings are very special days and the weather was sunny and clear for this one. We have attended two previous namings, one on board the Ruby Princess and one, held mostly on land, for the Disney Wonder. This event was much more intimate and it was nice that all passengers were invited. Many members of Scenic’s corporate staff were also there.

Scenic owner Glen Moroney of Australia speaks at the naming of the Scenic Opal
Scenic owner Glen Moroney of Australia speaks at the naming of the Scenic Opal

The company set up a small tent on the riverside flanking the ship and served drinks and appetizers to both the passengers and some 70 invited guests. These included representatives of the ship builder and of the many other companies involved in the construction of Scenic’s 12th river ship.

A number of speeches were given, most notable being a welcome from the mayor of Cochem and thanks from Scenic’s owner, Glen Moroney. Then Claire Newell, godmother of the vessel, christened the ship the traditional way – by breaking a bottle of champage on the hull, escorted by the ship’s captain, Ferenc Szilagyi. That was followed by a blessing – a rather extensive one – by the Rev. Douglas Robinson.

Newell is the first Canadian to be a godmother for a Scenic ship. She is owner of a travel agency, and also runs a website and appears on Canadian television as a travel expert.

After the ceremonies, many of the invited guests visited the vessel so it was an extremely busy day for the ship’s crew. They all performed admirably.

The crew attends the christening
The crew attends the christening

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Yesterday was also the second day that we all used our brand new Scenic Tailormade devices. This is Scenic’s personal GPS device made by NEC that has three functions: As a personal microphone for group tours, as a guide for sites along the river and it plays self-guided walking and biking tours in the various ports. The self-guided tours correspond to the printed maps provided at every stop.

Today we are sailing all day on the Moselle River and as I write this I am sitting at at a table near the window, taking in the marvelous vineyards all around us and listening to narration of the various sites we are passing. Very clever. This can be used anywhere on ship…on your stateroom balcony, up top on the Sun Deck or here in the lounge.

New Scenic Tailormade GPS personal devices
New Scenic Tailormade GPS personal devices

We experienced these last year on our first cruise with Scenic, on the Danube River on the Scenic Jade. These new “second-generation” devices were just delivered to the ship and there have been a lot of “kinks” getting then all working but there are two NEC technicians aboard to assist.

It is too bad that it is raining today as most of us would have liked to have spent the day on the Sun Deck for this sailing. But we are grateful that the sun was out for the christening yesterday and we can put up with this for today. Ah, the sun just came out so maybe we will have nice weather this afternoon.

June 18, 2015

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