|Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas was officially inaugurated today in Southampton. The godmother of the 90,090-ton, 2,112-passenger ship was Kathy Mellor, who was named U.S. Teacher of the Year for 2004.|
The cruise line's pick for godmother is a bit of departure from choices for other ships, which tended to focus on celebrities in the world of entertainment and athletics. Among other Royal Caribbean godmothers have been Whoopi Goldberg (Serenade of the Seas), Gloria Estefan (Nordic Empress), Lauren Bacall (Monarch of the Seas), Katarina Witt (Voyager of the Seas), Steffi Graff (Navigator of the Seas) and Jackie-Joyner Kersee (Explorer of the Seas).
This has been a big week for Mellor, who has taught English as a Second Language for 19 years at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Before departing for the United Kingdom and the Jewel of the Seas festivities, she received the U.S. Teacher of the Year honor at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the White House. Mellor was given the honor by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Jewel of the Seas, the fourth (and final) ship in Royal Caribbean's Radiance class of ships, will spend the summer in Europe before heading to Ft. Lauderdale in November, for a winter season of eight-night voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.