Royal Caribbean launches competition for new godmother

Royal Caribbean launches competition for new godmother
Royal Caribbean’s president and CEO Michael Bayley showcases the cruise line's newest ship, Harmony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean International has joined with South Florida ABC affiliate Local 10 to find a godmother to officially christen Harmony of the Seas this November.

Together, the two organisations are hosting a contest to find a mentor, educator or teacher whose passion for education inspires students to make a positive impact on the world.

South Florida residents aged at least 13 years old can visit this website to nominate a volunteer, or a full- or part-time employee at a school or educational organisation in Miami-Dade County, Broward County or Palm Beach County. Nominees must be legal residents of Florida and at least 21 years old at the time of nomination. The entry period closes on 23 September 2016.

In addition to christening the ship on 10 November 2016, the godmother will receive a US$25,000 grant for her school or non-profit organisation to fund education initiatives. She will also be able to take three guests whose lives she has influenced to the naming ceremony, and all four will set sail later that evening for a two-night pre-inaugural cruise. Plus, she will receive a future seven-night cruise for two onboard the ship.

“Royal Caribbean’s legacy is built on a dream that began in a small trailer on Biscayne Boulevard,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “That’s why when we thought about the godmother for Harmony of the Seas, a ship that is not just the world’s largest, but the ultimate expression of our history and future, we knew that we wanted to pay tribute to our roots and community with this designation. Who better to welcome Harmony home than an outstanding woman who is inspiring the dreamers and innovators of South Florida's next generation.”

Harmony of the Seas will make her US debut this November when she arrives into her new homeport of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings.

Costing more than US$1billion, the 227,000gt Harmony of the Seas spans 16 guest decks and carries 5,497 guests, making her the largest cruise vessel in the world.

The vessel offers Royal Caribbean’s exclusive seven neighbourhood concept and innovative onboard features, such as VOOM internet, robot bartenders, interior staterooms with virtual balconies, an AquaTheater, a theatre, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools, whirlpools, two FlowRider surf simulators, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, Splashaway Bay waterpark, the first two-storey Wonderland restaurant, and The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea. The ship also has the Central Park, which features 10,587 plants, 48 vine plants and 52 trees. Guests will also benefit from.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, September 8, 2016