An unusual choice rounds off this year's cruise ship godmothers
Friday 03 December 2010
Shunning the high-profile royals and celebrities who have named other cruise ships this year, Royal Caribbean welcomed an unusual guest to help launch its latest megaliner
Allure of the Seas November 29.
In a ceremony billed as a world first, guests were treated to a 3D appearance by animated character Princess Fiona from the Shrek movies, who karate-chopped a button which smashed the bottle of champagne against the ship's hull.
The naming ceremony was designed to showcase the ship's 3D cinema, newly installed on-board Allure of the Seas to capitalize on Royal Caribbean's relationship with DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
As well as acting as the ship's godmother, Princess Fiona will be a year-round fixture on the ship to entertain guests, with the help of characters such as Shrek, Alex, Marty and the Penguins of Madagascar and Po of Kung Fu Panda.
"It's never easy choosing the right godmother, but we realized we had the perfect candidate right in front of us," said Royal Caribbean CEO Richard D. Fain.
"Princess Fiona is not only a Royal, but we felt such a unique ship deserved a unique godmother and Princess Fiona symbolizes the fun and entertainment that is so extraordinary on Allure of the Seas."
The ship is set to embark on her maiden voyage December 1, beginning an alternating Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean seven-night itinerary out of Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Watch the naming ceremony: http://www.allureoftheseas.com/naming_ceremony.php
2010's cruise godmothers:
November: Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) - Princess Fiona
October: Queen Elizabeth (Cunard) - Queen Elizabeth II
July: Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland America) - Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
July: Norwegian Epic (NCL) - Reba McEntire
June: Seabourn Sojourn - Twiggy
May: Stena Britannica - Susan Hammond
April: Azura (P&O) - Darcey Bussell
April: Eclipse (Celebrity) - Emma Pontin
March: Magnifica (MSC) - Sophia Loren
February: Deliziosa (Costa Cruises) - Tala Dionisi
February: AIDAblu (AIDA) - Jette Joop
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