The Delivery

If you are on my IG you probably know by now that last week I went to Venice but not to see the gondolas but to visit the famous Fincantieri Shipyard and the even more famous Nieuw Statendam before she sets sail. It was an opportunity for me to see the ship before any guests come onboard and to get to know her before I will start to work there in January 2019.

And it was awesome!! I never got to see a ship before delivery. In my mind I had this dry dock image where life for the crew just isn’t the greatest but this 3 days spend onboard a brand new ship, to my surprise, were glamorous.

The food was better than ever, the lounges brand new, the carpet fluffy and my eyes were shinning with joy to see all this beauty.

When I packed, however, it did not cross my mind that there might be some events going on (hey the dry dock image was the only thing I knew) so I packed sneakers, sweaters, coveralls and bulky safety shoes. I was after all a sort of visitor.

You can imagine how underdressed I felt the morning of the Delivery Ceremony when every lady in the room was all high heels and pearls. That did not stop me however to attend the event even if it meant blending in with the press in the back behind monitors and microphones (which proved to be very fascinating to watch too).

Here are some pics I took of the event. You can read more about the ceremony  on the official HAL blog. 

I’m really excited to go back onboard in January and look forward meeting Oprah in February when the naming ceremony will take place!! Be sure it will go on the blog as well.


Before the start of the ceremony, everyone looking to take a seat, myself included.

So it starts, in Italian – music for my ears!

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri

Best seats in the house!

Arnold Donald – President and CEO Carnival Corp.

Love this Theatre!

Captain Sybe De Boer OnStage!

Cable Seflie & in front of me, the Bridge team. Got your backs guys!

3 thoughts on “The Delivery

  1. Larry Kassa says:

    What a good look at the ship before she sets exciting for you. I am happy for the behind the scenes look. Good luck on ur new job.
    Thank you for such a wonderful blog.

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  2. Chris says:

    That’s awesome. I interned at the Meyer Shipyards in Germany (a whiiiillllleee back) where a lot of the Royal Caribbean ships are being built. So cool to see how it all comes together. Was an awesome experience!

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