Three women will serve as godmothers of Princess Cruises’ newest vessel, Enchanted Princess.
Captain Lynn Danaher, Dr Vicki Ferrini and Jenifer Austin will feature in a 45-minute show called “Our World, Enchanted” , which will be played as part of the 3,660-passenger ship’s naming ceremony on December 13.
The programme will introduce viewers to the ship’s features, honour the work of the three godmothers and will conclude with the official naming.
It will be aired on the line’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Princess Cruises president John Padgett and group president Jan Swartz will attend the ceremony.
All three godmothers are members of a society dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and conservation called The Explorers Club.
Danaher, who joined The Explorers Club in 2005, has completed eight expeditions and is also a qualified dive master, meaning she can lead recreational dives.
Ferrini is a senior research scientist at Columbia University. She joined The Explorers Club this year when she was nominated as one of the 50 explorers “changing the world”.
And Austin, who spent nearly 14 years at Google, launched Oceanagenda.com to “help bring together diverse groups to support holistic ocean conservation and stewardship”. She is a scuba diver and a fellow of the Explorers Club.
Padgett said: “This unique approach to the naming of Enchanted Princess honours our legacy of bringing people together and creating lasting memories on board our cruises.
“It also allows us to recognise the contributions our godmothers – Captain Lynn Danaher, Dr Vicki Ferrini and Jenifer Austin – have made to ocean conservation and stewardship.
“The ocean provides our livelihood and serves as the home for our 25,000 employees who serve millions of guests while they explore the world on a cruise holiday with us each year.”
Princess said Enchanted Princess “represents an evolution of the design platform” used for sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess.
Enchanted Princess launched on November 10 and will run 10-night southern Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale during its maiden season.
The ship will then operate a series of Scandinavian voyages out of Copenhagen from next April.