Carnival Picks U.K. Godmum for Splendor

June 8, 2008

As Carnival Cruise Lines gears up to debut Carnival Splendor next month, it's finally chosen a godmother. Hewing to popular trend of late, the choice, first reported in the Daily Mail, is a Brit: Myleene Klass, a singer, presenter and classical musician (not to mention the face of U.K. department store Marks and Spencer).

She follows godmothers of British nationality who've launched other recently debuted cruise ships, such as Queen Victoria's Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, P&O Ventura's Dame Helen Mirren, and Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas' "ordinary" woman, Elizabeth Hill.

Carnival Splendor's ceremony will, according to Carnival's announcement, feature a bottle of bubbly that will be anything but the usual French Champagne. Instead, the 30-year old Klass will smash a bottle of English sparkling wine, a Nyetimber 1994 Blanc de Blancs. Produced in West Sussex, Nyetimber, the statement tells us, "is served at leading restaurants including Le Gavroche, Gordon Ramsey's Petrus, Chewton Glen and The Dorchester, and has been served at 10 Downing Street and by Her Majesty The Queen at many state occasions."

Interestingly, Klass won't be Carnival's first-ever native pick for ship godmum: Dame Judi Dench performed the role for Carnival Legend.

Following the naming ceremony on July 10 in Dover, Carnival Splendor will depart on a three-day cruise to Amsterdam. The ship will then sail the line's first ever Northern Europe cruises before heading to the Western Mediterranean.

--By Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor