The Felison Cruise Terminal in IJmuiden welcomes the brand new Seabourn Ovation!
Saturday 9th June 2018 – Early morning 04.00 and the quayside of the Felison Cruise Terminal is buzzing with activities. Employees of terminal owner KVSA, ship agent VCK, handling agent SMS Shore operations as well as the local boatmen of CVV and the harbourmaster are preparing to welcome MS Seabourn Ovation, one of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious cruise ships. Out at sea the pilot boards the vessel at 05:00. Soon afterwards, the brand new ship, which is only in operation for 35 days, glides graciously into the harbour basin.
Seabourn Ovation visits the port of IJmuiden for a so-called turnaround visit. This means that most of the incoming passengers will disembark in this Port. However, new eager cruise enthusiasts are already waiting to replace them. They will embark on a two-week itinerary, sailing throughout the Baltic Sea. Immediately after mooring, the luggage-transfer to the terminal begins. At the gangway, busses are standing by to transfer the disembarking passengers. Under the watchful eye of the provision-master, stevedores begin loading provisions onto the ship. Ten trucks of produce await discharging. Their cargo will ensure all passengers will want for nothing over the next few weeks.
Later in the morning, Captain Stig Betten officially welcomes the representatives of the local community, including Mayor Frank Dales. After the symbolic transfer of the plaque and the keys of the city, the captain invites his guests for a tour around the ship.
“We are extremely happy and honoured to receive Seabourn Ovation at our terminal”, says Ron Maes, general manager of the Felison Cruise Terminal. Today is a very special occasion; it’s the first time ever that a Seabourn vessel visits IJmuiden”.
Seabourn Ovation was officially delivered to her owner on April 27, 2018 and measures 211 meters in length. After setting sail from Genoa, she was christened on May 11 in the port of Valetta, Malta by British singer and actress Elaine Paige. The lyricist Tim Rice wrote a song specifically for the occasion. The ship will spend her inaugural season in Europe. The ship is the fifth to be delivered to her owners in the last decade. It has 300 suites, each with a balcony. Over 1,600 works of art, by 120 artists are displayed aboard the ship.