December 12, 2002
Add Julie Andrews and Kim Cattrall to the ever-more-glittering list of
celebrities who are taking on christening responsibilities for new cruise
ship debuts. These have, of late, also included tennis star Steffi Graf,
television persona Joan Lunden, and award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench.
Andrews -- who, like Dench, also has been bestowed with the title of “dame”
-- will christen Crystal’s new Symphony in ceremonies in Southampton (United
Kingdom) next July 3. In return, the cruise line will host a fundraising
gala to benefit an Andrews-supported charity.
Just as sexy -- or even more so, depending on the demographic -- is
Norwegian Cruise Lines’ pick of “Sex and the City’s” Kim Cattrall to welcome
Norwegian Dawn into the scene. Cattrall, who plays the New York-based HBO
show’s femme fatale, will christen Dawn in a ceremony in New York next week.
In an item last week we noted that cruise lines of late have been newly
drawn to the celebrity godmother (in recent years, the honor was often
awarded to a whole host of wives of CEOs and members of various boards of
directors) and was not of interest to the general public. The folks at
Princess were quick to let us know that they were, by no means, new to the
celebrity christening. Indeed, godmothers on the current fleet include the
late Princess Diana (Royal Princess), Margaret Thatcher (Regal Princess),
Sophia Loren (Crown Princess) and Olivia de Havilland (Grand Princess).
Ironically, however, Princess seems to have abandoned its celebrity strategy
with its upcoming schedule ship debuts. Madame Tonita Flosse, wife of the
President of the Government of French Polynesia, will christen the line's
new Tahitian Princess. And the twice-delayed Coral Princess, which will sail
Panama Canal itineraries, has tabbed as its godmother Mireya Moscoso --
otherwise known as “Her Excellency, President of the Republic of Panama.”