Cruise Critic will be onboard -- watch for a sneak preview of the ship on June 13 and news coverage from the christening ceremony on June 14! In the meantime, read on for a rundown of the festivities, designed (according to a statement from the cruise line) to celebrate the "crowning" achievements of notable guests, specifically accomplished women:
June 11: Crown Princess sets sail for a two-day preview sailing for special guests and members of the media.
June 13: After Crown Princess returns to Brooklyn, Scripps Spelling Bee National Champion Katharine Close will come onboard to kick off Princess' "Bee at Sea" spelling competition program; Close will go head to head with former "Love Boat" Captain Gavin MacLeod, Crown Princess Captain Andrew Proctor and other ship officers.
June 14: The "queen" of domesticity herself, Martha Stewart, has been selected as the ship's godmother and will officially name the ship at 10:30 a.m. EST on June 14. "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is slated to perform, and Reverend Dr. Jean Smith, the executive director of the Seamen's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, will bless the new ship before Stewart pulls the lever that will release the traditional bottle of bubbly against the ship's hull.
That afternoon -- before the Champagne barely has time to dry! -- Crown Princess will depart on its first Caribbean cruise with stops in Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Port Canaveral. The ship will spend its inaugural season sailing nine-day alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages with stops in Bermuda, a first for Princess.