The most luxurious ship ever built, Seven Seas Explorer®, will enter service in royal fashion with Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco having kindly agreed to serve as the ship’s godmother at a gala christening event in Monte Carlo on the evening of July 13, 2016.
Born in Zimbabwe, H.S.H. Princess Charlene grew up in South Africa. A competitive swimmer, She represented South Africa during various world class competitions including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She married Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, in July 2011. They are the parents of twins born in 2014, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. In 2012, She launched the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation whose mission is to teach children and adults basic water safety techniques and save lives. The Foundation sponsors a number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programs in 27 countries throughout the world, including in the United States. H.S.H. Princess Charlene recently inaugurated the first U.S. chapter of the Foundation in Los Angeles on May 10, 2016.
Joining H.S.H. Princess Charlene at the christening ceremony for Seven Seas Explorer is world renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will take the stage for a spectacular 40-minute performance during the event. Bocelli has performed for four U.S. presidents, three Popes, the British Royal Family, the Princely family of Monaco during the Princely wedding of H.S.H. Prince Albert to H.S.H. Princess Charlene, several Prime Ministers and at ceremonies for the Olympic Games, Shanghai World Expo and Expo Milan 2015. Bocelli’s beautiful serenade will be a fitting send-off for a ship that sets a new benchmark for luxury.
This is an extraordinary time in our company’s history and we are grateful to be able to continually share these milestones with you.