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Royal Caribbean Godmothers

By JoTuesday 11th June 2013

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We believe that godmothers are an important cruising tradition, which give our ships real character.  There is an interesting story behind each chosen figure. So who are the godmothers of Royal Caribbean International® ships?


Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas doesn’t just have 1 or 2 godmothers, but 7! To have 1 is a longstanding tradition, but we believed that it was fitting to have an outstanding group of individuals to represent a revolutionary ship, chosen because of their strength of character and spirit of giving. The 7 godmothers are:
-          Gloria Estefan
-          Michelle Kwan
-          Jane Seymore
-          Dara Torres
-          Keshia Knight Pulliam
-          Shawn Johnson
-          Daisy Fuentes

Adventure of the Seas

As one of the first major passenger ships returning to New York after the September 11 attacks, Adventure of the Seas holds a deep connection with the city. As a fitting tribute to the emergency services who risked their lives to save others, representatives of the New York Fire and Police Departments gave Adventure of the Seas its name. The ship’s godparents include Tara Stackpole (FDNY), Kevin Hannafin (FDNY), Margaret McDonnell (NYPD) and Sgt Richard Lucas (NYPD).
Michelle Kwan becomes a master of the sky on the only zipline at sea.

Serenade of the Seas

Despite not being connected to the ship in quite the same way as Adventure of the Seas is to its godparents, Whoopi Goldberg became godmother to Serenade of the Seas in her own extravagant fashion. At the opening ceremony, Goldberg had the audience in hysterics, asking if, as godmother, she would now have to put the ship through college. But despite her humour, at a later date Goldberg revealed how honoured she was and said that she was ‘in the company of queens’.

Majesty of the Seas

Whoopi Goldberg wasn’t wrong when she said that being a godmother was to be in the company of queens. While she may have meant that all Royal Caribbean® godmothers are majestic, there is in fact a real queen among them. Back in 1992, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway christened this fine ship. Queen Sonja has been heavily involved in charity work; helping disabled Norwegian children and serving as Vice President to the Norwegian Red Cross.

Jewel of the Seas

In 2004, we invited Kathy Mellow, believed to be the first teacher picked as a cruise ship godmother. This came after receiving the National Teacher of the Year award for developing one of the most effective English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes in the USA. Mellor had taught ESL in Rhode Island for 19 years before winning the award.

Quantum of the Seas

Our newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, adopted a celebrity godmother with Kristin Chenoweth. Known mainly for stage appearances in the UK, Chenoweth is a huge star across the pond, having starred in The West Wing and Glee.

 Who is your favourite Royal Caribbean godmother? Let us know in the comments section below.


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