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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    As illustrated by the Norwegian Breakaway, ship launches give cruise lines the opportunity to wow the public with glitz and glamour and to strengthen agent relationships by showing off their latest innovations. Pictured here, the Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened last month in New York. Posted June 5, 2013.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The dedication of the MSC Preziosa in Genoa, Italy.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Fireworks over Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The naming ceremony of Norwegian's Pride of America.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The Disney Fantasy in New York for its christening, which included a star-studded gala.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The debut of Cunard's Queen Mary 2 prompted celebrations wherever the ship went; it met with the Queen Elizabeth 2 in New York.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The ceremony for Princess' Diamond Princess incorporated traditional Japanese elements.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii was the godfather of Norwegian's Pride of Hawaii.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Prince Albert of Monaco attended the ceremony for Regent's Seven Seas Voyager.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Holland America Line's Rotterdam played a role in the naming of the Oosterdam in the former's namesake city.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    In May, Hapag Lloyd Cruises named the Europa 2 in Hamburg, Germany.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Sophia Loren with MSC Cruises owner Gianluigi Aponte and Captain Giuliano Bossi at the Preziosa's christening.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Christening celebration of Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2; Queen Elizabeth II was the godmother.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    The arrival of the Oasis of the Seas at Port Everglades.

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    Blessed events: It's showtime at the inaugural

    Viking River Cruises simultaneously christened 10 ships -- the Aegir, Atla, Bragi, Embla, Forseti, Jarl, Rinda, Skadi, Tor and Var -- in dual ceremonies in the port of Amsterdam (above) and the shipyards of Rostock, Germany, in February.

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