All five finalists will be flown to New York to attend the christening ceremony on December 18 and set sail on the ship's two-night inaugural cruise. However, only the grand prize winner -- announced on December 18 -- will be named godmother and get to christen the ship. A public vote ending on December 7, 2007 will determine the grand prize winner.
To cast your vote, visit www.gemitgirl.com. The five finalists are:
Lauren Kampf, 22, Oakland, New Jersey. NCL cruises: 4
Shannon Maxey, 29, Virginia Beach. NCL cruises: 1
Cindy Cardella, 31, Fairfield, New Jersey. NCL cruises: 30+
Louise Strong, 44, South Hero, Vermont. NCL cruises: 16 (that's coka!)
Mary O'Dea, 75, Milford, Pennsylvania. NCL cruises: 8
Voting ends December 7, 2007; you can vote up to 10 times per day.
During the open call for entries, Cruise Critic encouraged members to create their own videos with a week of tips on creating attention-grabbing footage. Several entered, but even those who didn't make the cut are being good sports. Cruise Critic member pcreek -- whose video Hey Esther! is rated among the funniest -- e-mailed us today to say that though she wasn't chosen as a finalist, "I really hope that coka wins ... her video was great! Let's get everyone to rally and vote for her!"
The five finalists were selected from more than 500 online video entries submitted by members of NCL's past-passenger program, Latitudes. The grand prize winner will also receive a seven-day cruise in Norwegian Gem's posh Garden Villa for her and five friends.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Managing Editor