Sailor Laura Dekker to christen new Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship

Sailor Laura Dekker to christen new Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship
Laura Dekker was the youngest person to ever successfully sail around the world solo in 2010-2012 (Image: Stephan Redel)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has chosen Laura Dekker, the youngest person to ever successfully sail around the world solo (between 2010 and 2012), as godmother for its newest expedition ship, Hanseatic Inspiration.

Dekker will deliver the traditional blessing and officially name Hanseatic Inspiration by breaking a bottle of champagne across her hull during a christening ceremony at the Port of Hamburg in Germany on 11 October 2019. Invited guests will board Zodiacs and other launches to watch live from the water as Dekker christens the vessel. The ceremony will be hosted by physicist and science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar.

“Laura Dekker is the perfect godmother for our new, international, expedition ship,” said Karl Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. “. With her enthusiasm for nature, her spirit of adventure and her love of the sea, she represents the very essence of expedition cruises.”

Hapag-Lloyd will also support the Laura Dekker World Sailing Foundation during the ceremony.

“I have sailed more than 50,000 nautical miles and I am continuing to clock up more. I am a motivational speaker, author, world traveller, professional yacht skipper and am still chasing my dreams. I want to pass this spirit on to young people through my sailing project and to motivate and encourage them.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
27 September 2019

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