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What happened at the Azamara Onward naming ceremony in Monte Carlo?

Azamara has officially added Azamara Onward to its now four-ship fleet following a five-day pre-inaugural voyage and naming ceremony in Monte Carlo.

Azamara has officially added Azamara Onward to its now four-ship fleet following a five-day pre-inaugural voyage and naming ceremony in Monte Carlo.

The christening ceremony was led by the President of Azamara, Carol Cabezas, and Azamara Onward Godmother, Beth Santos, founder and CEO of global community and lifestyle brand Wanderful

“We are thrilled to introduce Azamara Onward and share this special moment with our loyal guests,” said Carol Cabezas, President of Azamara.

“This is an exciting new chapter for our company, and we are so thankful for our hardworking team both onboard and offshore, for making this possible.

Portovenere, Italy
Portovenere, Italy

“Together, we look forward to bringing Azamara Onward and our love of travel further than ever before, to connect even more guests with the many people and cultures of the world.”

Prior to the ceremony, Azamara Onward ventured from Barcelona to Monte Carlo on a five-day pre-inaugural voyage, stopping in Marseille, France and Porto Venere, Italy along the way.

Guests had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the destination through a ‘Marseille City Sights’ shore excursion, enjoy a special elevated version of Azamara’s signature AzAmazing Event in Porto Venere and explore the Cinque Terre through three specially curated shore excursions, ‘Wine Tasting in Cinque Terre’, ‘Hike through Cinque Terre’ and ‘Best of Cinque Terre’.

Azamara Onward

The voyage concluded in Monte Carlo with a White Night Party celebration.

On the embarkation day of Azamara Onward’s maiden voyage, the ship’s traditional christening ceremony was held shipside at the Port of Monte Carlo, attended by Azamara’s partners, with a warm welcome toast by Cruise Director Eric De Gray, musical performance by Chœur d’enfants, and blessings by Rabbi Howard Apothaker and Father John McCrone.

Azamara President, Carol Cabezas and Godmother, Beth Santos, each delivered meaningful words to attendees followed by the Godmother’s ceremonial bottle-breaking tradition to close out the christening of Azamara Onward and to bring good fortune to the vessel in its future voyages. 

The vessel will now set sail for an eleven-night maiden voyage throughout the Mediterranean, departing from Monte Carlo and concluding with an overnight stay in Ravenna, Italy.

For more information visit www.azamara.com