A new godmother joins Royal Caribbean

A new godmother joins Royal Caribbean

27 year-old travel agent Emma Wilby has been awarded the title of godmother to cruise ship Anthem of the Seas.

She will first be called on to fulfil her duties at the ship’s inaugural ceremony on April 20, during which she will officially christen the vessel and perform a song for more than 1,300 guests and dignitaries in accordance with maritime tradition.

Anthem of the Seas will kick off its first season in Southampton before repositioning to its permanent homeport of New York in November.

“We are delighted to welcome Emma Wilby into the Royal Caribbean family as Anthem of the Seas’ godmother,” Royal Caribbean Cruises’ chairman and CEO Richard Fain said.

“Emma is among many submissions from truly talented travel agents across the U.K. and the judging was very difficult. We thank all travel agents, who we value and are honouring by naming a fellow travel agent as the godmother of our newest ship.”

The godmother role is a lifetime title bestowed upon an individual, who figuratively presides over the ship and imparts good luck and divine protection over the vessel and all that sail aboard.

Traditionally, godmothers have celebrity status or even royal connections, such as Royal Caribbean godmothers Gloria Estefan, Jane Seymour, Whoopi Goldberg and Steffi Graf, to name a few.

“I still can’t believe I won,” said Kinloss-based Wilby after being informed of her new title earlier this week.

“I am really honoured to have been chosen. I am hugely excited to be taking on the role of godmother for Anthem of the Seas – it will be incredible to sing in front of all these people and a real honour to give the ship the best send-off possible.”

Anthem of the Seas features a range of innovative on-board attractions, including the panoramic North Star aerial observatory, Two70 entertainment lounge, and 18 restaurants, each offering a distinctive menu and live entertainment.

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