Paralympic Athlete Chosen as Cruise Ship Ambassador

April 25, 2013

(12:00 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line has selected paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds as U.K. ambassador for its latest ship Norwegian Breakaway.

As part of the U.K. celebrations in Southampton on Monday (April 29), Norwegian has asked Ellie to officially open the Aqua Park and be the first in the country to swim in the ship's pool. Throughout the day, she will be meeting with guests and experiencing the new ship first-hand.

Cruise Critic will also be onboard on the ship's inaugural sailing from Rotterdam on Sunday, and we will be posting across our Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the event.

Francis Riley, vice president and general manager international of Norwegian Cruise Line said, “We are so thrilled to have Ellie on board to launch the ship to the UK market. As a swimmer, her love for water makes her a natural choice to launch our Aqua Park and we are honoured that she will be first in the pool! She is an inspirational role model for people across all ages.”

Ellie Simmonds will also be joined by former Olympic swimmer, Chris Cook, who is representing Breakaway's charity partner, Just a Drop, championing clean, safe water in communities throughout the world. Donations made through the partner website will go towards a special ‘Breakaway Water Project', which will help bring clean water to a village in Africa.

Breakaway will set sail for New York on a seven-day transatlantic crossing on Tuesday April 30, arriving in its homeport on Tuesday May 7, when it will be officially christened.

--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor