Costa Crociereâ€™s new flagship will be christened on May 19 in Marseilles. The shipâ€™s godmother will be actress Marion Cotillard, while the master of ceremonies will be Gerard Holtz, a French television journalists.
The young Chef Pascal Barbot, with three Michelin stars, in a joint effort with Italian Chef Ettore Bocchia, will whip up magical delicacies during the gala dinner for about 1,200 guests.
Three major French starsâ€ will play the leading roles in the christening of the Costa Serena
, the new flagship of Costa Crociere and Italian seafaring (114,000 dwt and a capacity of 3,780 passengers), undergoing the final fitting out stages at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa.
Costa Crociereâ€™s new flagship will be the first cruiser to be christened in Marseilles. The official christening ceremony will be held in the cityâ€™s port on the evening of 19 May 2007. The Costa Serenaâ€™s godmother will be the beautiful French actress Marion Cotillard, a real talent in the French cinema world whoâ€™s also stepping into the international limelight thanks to her leading role in the soon-to-be-released film â€œLa vie en roseâ€, dedicated to the life of Edith Piaf. According to tradition, she will cut the ribbon to break a bottle of champagne against the shipâ€™s hull. Then, to bring the ceremony to a close, the Marseilles Opera Chorus will seal this alliance between the Italian company and the French city with â€œsymbolicâ€ opera arias of the two countries. For this event, the master of ceremonies will be Gerard Holtz, one of Franceâ€™s most highly esteemed television journalists.