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What Happened When We Caught up With Anthem of the Seas’ Godmother

By JoFriday 01st May 2015

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On Monday 20th April, our brand new ship, Anthem of the Seas, was officially christened by the ship’s Godmother, Emma Wilby. On top of smashing a bottle of champagne in honour of the ship’s naming, Emma was also asked to sing in front of a huge audience alongside Welsh choir, Only Boys Aloud. Ahead of her big day, we caught up with Emma to ask her all about her new role as Godmother of Anthem of the Seas, from the moment she found out, to how her life has changed since.

How did you feel when you found out that you had been named the official godmother of Anthem of Seas?

I was in my sitting room at home and it was after work hours, so I’d already resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to find out that day. But then Royal Caribbean called and told me the news […] I am still so thrilled!

What did you have to do to enter the competition to become godmother?

So, I work for Thompsons in Elgin in Scotland, I’m a member of the military wives choir (and I talk about it probably too much at work). The advert [for the competition] was in Travel Weekly, and my manager basically brought it to my attention. So I took it away, had a look at the songs, thought about it a bit, spoke to my family, and they all encouraged me to go for it. I did rehearsals with Tristan, who’s our MD at our [Military] Wives Choir, and we did a slow version of Edge of Glory, a song by Lady GaGa. Then videoed it, and sent it off. Two days later I got the call […] inviting me down to London, and the next morning, at 6:40am, I was on a flight!

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What’s your understanding of your new role?

So, it’s a lifelong appointment. I think it’s amazing, something that you can carry with you for the rest of your life - it’ll be at the top of my CV! It’s about being a mascot, or lucky charm for the ship, it’s my responsibility to bestow luck on the ship and all those who sail on her.

Can you tell us anything about the inaugural song that you’ll sing, or is it a surprise?

It’s a really hard song to sing […] I love it, don’t get me wrong - my sister is her biggest fan, [and] we went to see her in Manchester last year. At family parties, when they play the song, there’s like a little dance routine!

Have you been rehearsing with Only Boys Aloud singer Craig Yates? What’s that been like?

We’re rehearsing on Saturday, and from there we’re going to do voice workshops over Skype.

Have you got any guests coming to the show?

My Mum, Dad, brother, sister, Laura, and her partner are coming to the ceremony. [Laura] is also coming onto the ship as my plus one, as my husband can’t make it - he is training on a promotions course.

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On top of being a cruise fan, are you a big traveller?

I spent a year travelling around Australia and New Zealand – not with Stephen, but on my own.  He proposed to me in Rome on a roof terrace with candles and champagne. That was a fantastic holiday, as we both really love our history, so going places with historical significance for us is amazing. For our honeymoon, we went to Borneo and Singapore – we went and did the jungles and orangutans, and went to [Singapore’s] Universal Studios. The thing is with us, we don’t like to go back to the same place twice, there’s just so much of the world to experience.

We couldn’t agree more, Emma. If you’ve fallen for Emma as much as we have, be sure to follow her journey as Anthem’s Godmother on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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