Ship sponsor

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A ship sponsor, by tradition, is a female civilian who is invited to "sponsor" a vessel, presumably to bestow good luck and divine protection over the seagoing vessel and all that sail aboard.[1] In the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard the sponsor is technically considered a permanent member of the ship's crew and is expected to give a part of her personality to the ship, as well as advocate for its continued service and well-being. For passenger ships the sponsor is called a Godmother.

Passenger Ship Godmothers[edit]

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Conquest- Corrine Lindy clairborne, Carnival Destiny- Lin Arison, Carnival Dream- Marcia Gay Harden, Carnival Ecstasy- Kathy Lee Gifford, Carnival Elation- Shari Arison, Carnival Fantasy- Tellervo Koivisto, Carnival Fascination- Jeanne Farcus, Carnival Freedom- Kathy Ireland, Carnival Glory- Dr. Sally Ride, Carnival Imagination- Jodi dickinson, Carnival Inspiration- Mary Ann Shula, Carnival Legend- Dame Judi Dench, Carnival Liberty- Mira Sorvino, Carnival Magic- Lindsay Wilkerson, Carnival Miracle- Jessica Lynch, Carnival Paradise- Paula Zahn, Carnival Pride- Dr. Tamara Jernigan, Carnival Splendor- Myleene Klass, Carnival Spirit- Elizabeth Dole, Carnival Triumph- Madeleine Arison, Carnival Valor- Katie Couric, Carnival Victory- Mary Frank

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic- Patricia Disney, Disney Wonder- Tinkerbell, Disney Dream- Jennifer Hudson, Disney Fantasy- Mariah Carey

Holland America Line

MS Nieuw Amsterdam- Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, MS Volendam- Chris Evert, MS Zaandam- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Breakaway- The Rockettes, Norwegian Dawn- Kim Cattrall, Norwegian Epic- Reba McEntire, Norwegian Gem- Cindy Cardella, Norwegian Jewel- Melanie Trump, Norwegian Pearl- Rosie O'Donnell, Norwegian Star- Brooke Burke, Norwegian Sun- Angela Baraquio, Pride of America- Elaine L. Chao.

Princess Cruises

Crown Princess- Martha Stewart, Coral Princess- Mireya Moscoso, Diamond Princess- Yoshiko Tsukuda

Future Cruise Ships

Quantum of the Seas- Kristin Chenoweth

Royal Princess- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge


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