Adam Snitzer, Seabourn’s marketing VP, recently visited Venice to check out the plans for the festivities around the debut of Seabourn Odyssey. Here is his report:
You know things are getting close when thoughts turn to celebrations. With the launch of Seabourn Odyssey only four months away, the Inaugural Events Team is working at full tilt.
Special cards were sent to all Maiden Voyage guests verifying their preferences for how they would like their names to appear on the Godparents plaque, which will be displayed permanently on the ship. (Yes, there are still a few suites remaining on Seabourn Odyssey’s Maiden Voyage, June 24th. So there’s still time to get in on the fun of naming the yacht, becoming one of her godparents, and getting your name on that plaque.)
Musicians and acrobats are being auditioned. Chefs are debating which of Seabourn’s many favorite dishes are best suited to special Gala menus. Sound engineers and lighting technicians are poring over technical drawings. The Stazione Marittima terminal in Venice is being measured for red carpets, ribbons, velvet ropes and other surprises to greet arriving godparents.
In a field outside of Venice, an Italian company known as the Vector Group has erected scaffolding in order to build a prototype of a special bottle-breaking mechanism. The plan is to run a zip-line from atop the mast to the steel atrium enclosure at the top of the pool deck. Mechanical engineers calculate that the magnum of champagne will be traveling at more than 100 miles an hour when it smashes overhead.
In the late afternoon, Seabourn Odyssey will leave the main terminal in Venice and set sail down Giudecca Canal, passing along one of the world’s most scenic waterfronts. Odyssey already has special permission to tie up in the heart of Venice at a small pier known as Sette Martiri, footsteps away from St. Mark’s Square. At that moment, from the upper decks, Odyssey’s guests will be able to watch the domes, towers and rooftops of Venice turn yellow, then orange and then gold as the sun sets behind the skyline and the Inaugural festivities begin. Don’t you want to be there?
This is a picture of the waterfront along the Riva dei Sette Martiri where Seabourn Odyssey will be docked.