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Entertainment Tonight hostess Mary Hart is confirmed as the godmother of Oceania Cruises’ new cruise ship Marina. Ms Hart will name the ship in Miami at a lavish, invitation-only christening ceremony February 5, which will culminate with a 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar of champagne, custom-made by Armand de Brignac, commemoratively crashing against the hull.
This year marks Ms Hart’s final season as hostess of Entertainment Tonight– the number one syndicated entertainment newsmagazine show in the world, which enters its 30th season this year. Ms Hart joined the popular show as a correspondent in June 1982, and within weeks was named co-anchor.
In her personal life, Ms Hart has been involved with philanthropic causes devoted to children. A member of the board of trustees for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, she currently serves as Leadership Chair of the New Hospital Campaign. She is also an ambassador for Childhelp USA, which combats child abuse. For many years she served on the board of directors for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and continues her affiliation with the Children’s Miracle Network, for which she was telethon co-host for 15 years. Ms Hart is the recipient of the Samaritan Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation for her work on behalf of several children’s charities. In 2001, she was honoured with the first-ever Children’s Miracle Achievement Award for her “long-standing commitment to children and contributing in many ways to bettering the lives of children everywhere.”
“It’s very exciting, and a bit humbling,” said Ms Hart, “I’m truly honoured to serve as the Godmother for Marina – she will be a very special ship. And, I look forward to smashing a great bottle of champagne as we let the celebration begin!”
After christening festivities in Miami, Marina sets sail Feb. 8 on the first of two 18-day Panama Canal transits that visit San Francisco or San Diego, both new ports for Oceania Cruises. Marina then operates a 12-day Caribbean cruise, round-trip from Miami, departing March 16, before sailing along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and on to Europe to begin her inaugural Mediterranean season.
At 66,000 tons and carrying 1,250 passengers, Marina features an array of bars and lounges and 10 dining venues – six of which are open-seating, gourmet restaurants – including Jacques, the first restaurant at sea for Chef Jacques Pépin. Other highlights include a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Bon Appétit Culinary Center, Owner’s Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home, and a grand stairway custom-crafted by renowned French glass master, Lalique.