Julie Andrews Christens Crystal Serenity
July 3, 2003
Legendary actress Julie Andrews, known in this part of the world as "Dame Julie Andrews," handled the ceremonial breaking of the bottle, a six liter bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal. While Crystal's announcement alluded to the tradition of the ceremonial smash of a bottle of champagne's origins dating back to 17th century England, today's method is a tad more sophisticated. In this case, Andrews tugged on a cord and the bottle smashed against the ship.
It was Andrews' first-ever new-ship inauguration, and also a first for Crystal president Gregg Michael.
Crystal Serenity departs Southampton on July 7 for its first cruise; as covered here previously, passengers booked on the inaugural have been offered a free cruise or full refund as company executives fear its late departure from the shipyard has precluded some finishing touches on common rooms, not to mention proper staff training. A Crystal source says very few passengers booked on the inaugural actually opted out when given a chance -- and chose the free cruise option.