Early this morning, Princess Cruises announced that The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, would fill the role of godmother to the new Royal Princess.
Catherine will take up her role as godmother and christen the new Royal Princess at a special ceremony on June 13th in the Port of Southampton. According to Princess, “The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.”
Alan Buckelew, the line’s president and CEO said, “It is a great honor for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess. We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company’s British heritage and our commitment to the country.”
Royal Princess will arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday, June 7, where she will commence a series of events for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday, June 12. The ship’s inaugural celebrations will conclude with her maiden voyage on June 16.
The inaugural period of Royal Princess also includes two short preview cruises prior to and following the naming. After her maiden voyage the ship will sail Grand Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona and Venice throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades beginning in the fall.
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