| In an homage to mothers and daughters, Princess Cruises has named iconic legends to christen its newest ships -- Emerald Princess and Royal Princess -- when they debut in a unique joint ceremony in Greece's Santorini. The ceremony takes place on May 12 -- which is Mother's Day weekend.|
Florence Henderson, perhaps better known as Carol Brady on television's long-running "The Brady Bunch," and Marion Ross, who played the beloved Mrs. Cunningham on the even longer-running "Happy Days," will serve as godmothers of Emerald Princess. The actors who played their fictional daughters -- Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady, and Erin Moran, the irrepressible Joanie Cunningham, will, in turn, christen Royal Princess.
As part of the Mother's Day celebration, Princess is also hosting a contest in which a real mother and daughter get a chance to win "The Ultimate Mother and Daughter Mediterranean Escape." The lucky team will sail on Emerald Princess' May 5 Greek Isles/Mediterranean voyage. The winners will be announced on April 12.
Interesting tidbit: Florence Henderson, Marion Ross and Erin Moran also share the distinction of guest-starring in episodes of The Love Boat, which was set on Princess Cruises' original Pacific Princess.
The 113,000-ton, 3,080-passenger Emerald Princess is the latest in the Grand-class series of ships and will feature many of the evolutionary programs and amenities introduced last year by its sibling, Crown Princess, including the fabulous piazza-style Atrium (Crown Princess atrium pictured above) with on-site bakery, The Sanctuary spa retreat, and alternative eateries that range from a seafood-steakhouse to a sushi bar.
The 30,000-ton, 710-passenger Royal Princess (currently sailing under the Swan Hellenic flag as Minerva II), will join Princess' fleet of pathfinder vessels -- those like Tahitian Princess and (today's) Pacific Princess, whose small size enable them to visit more exotic ports of call. The ship will conclude service as a Swan Hellenic ship in April and then undergo a dry dock refurbishment that will add Princess hallmarks.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor