Hold a unique name-giving celebration onboard a sailing ship

The unique setting of an old wooden ship out at sea, where the horizon is as magical as life is marvellous. Can you imagine a better environment for the celebration of the name-giving or baptism of your newborn baby?

How does a baptism or name-giving take place at sea?

All Danish children must be named within 6 months, but you decide when you wish to celebrate. Many do so after a baptism in the church. You can also hold a name-giving ceremony with a reception for many guests before we go to sea with a smaller party. We can adjust the duration of the voyage and you can help hoist the sails if you wish. We provide food, and if you have ideas for table decorations, you are welcome to make your personal touch.

Where do we sail from and to?

The United Sailing Ships’ three schooners are based in the Port of Copenhagen, but we also sail from the Port of Tuborg and the ports of Skovshoved, Rungsted, Helsingør, Dragør and Kastrup (now called Scanport) – well any major port in the Sound near your home or favourite church.

If the starting point is Copenhagen, the trip often goes north. When we have passed Trekroner Søfort, with Copenhagen’s many towers in the background, we are ready to set sail. The Captain determines the course to suit the wind direction of the day for smooth sailing.

Invitation to baptism or name-giving

It is a good idea to write in the invitation that the day’s programme offers a boat trip so that your guests can look forward to this unique experience. Here is an example of some timings:

11.00 You arrive from the baptism in the church, and the skipper welcomes you onboard and tells you about the day’s sailing.
11.15 We sail up the coast. We hoist sails and you are welcome to participate.
13.00 Buffet is served on the deck or in the salon.
15.00 We serve coffee or a drink on deck while you enjoy the voyage.
16.00 We return to the quay after some a memorable trip together.

If you hold a naming ceremony and the party is not to be held as an extension of the Sunday service, it can also be arranged as a brunch in the morning or a dinner in the evening. You can also choose when the sailing ends – for example, it could end an hour before a quayside celebration.

How to book a name-giving party at sea?

Feel free to contact us for an offer also if you would like to invite less or more guests, and if you have any ideas you would like to discuss with us.