For the SEA CLOUD II the big day came on 6 February 2001 – twelve months later than originally planned, but now with symbolic meaning. Because 70 years earlier her older sister, the legendary SEA CLOUD, was christened at Kiel’s Germania shipyard.
On the day of her christening the SEA CLOUD II stood at the wharf of the Canary harbor city Las Palmas, beautifully polished after a stormy Atlantic crossing. And after an equally turbulent flight godmother Sabine Christiansen arrived on time. The TV host had been owner Hermann Ebel’s first choice – and the journalist and Sea Cloud enthusiast eagerly agreed.
Introduced by her colleague, longtime news anchorman Wilhelm Wieben, she spoke, “I christen you the ‘SEA CLOUD II’ and wish you and those who sail with you across the world’s oceans, a good trip always and ever six inches of water under your keel” – and with a skillful swing, Sabine Christiansen broke the champagne bottle into a thousand pieces across the ship’s bow.