The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is to be godmother to Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess confirmed what many of us had been speculating about for months. Kate was the obvious choice for godmother to a ship called Royal Princess, and of course is following in the footsteps of her husband’s mother, Princess Diana, who christened the original Royal Princess at Southampton in 1984.
When cruise lines don’t work with a high profile godmother it feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. Cruising is incredibly glamorous – and the likes of Sophia Loren, Andie Macdowell, Sharon Stone and Dame Helen Mirren, all ship’s godmothers, ooze glamour. But you don’t get much more famous than the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s an incredible coup for Princess Cruises, and ensures that this will be one of the most talked-about ship launches of the year. And it’s good for the cruise holiday industry, too. I have no doubt it will encourage even more people to take cruises, who may not previously have considered it.
There are sure to be huge crowds in Southampton for the launch of Royal Princess on 13 June. I saw Kate in the flesh for the first time last year and she is exactly what you expect – very beautiful, with probably the glossiest hair I’ve ever seen on another human being ever. But of course here in the Cruise International offices we’re also really looking forward to seeing Royal Princess, which promises to be a tremendously exciting ocean liner.
We’ll be bringing you all the news from the launch, so watch this space.