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 if the sponsor is female, or a godfather if the sponsor is male.

Passenger ship godparents[edit]

Carnival Cruise Lines[edit]

Disney Cruise Line[edit]

Holland America Line[edit]

Norwegian Cruise Line[edit]

Princess Cruises[edit]

Royal Caribbean International[edit]

Celebrity Cruises[edit]

  • Celebrity Apex - Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of international non-profit Girls Who Code[2]
  • Celebrity Eclipse - Emma Pontin[3]
  • Celebrity Edge - Malala Yousafzai,[4] Nobel Laureate
  • Celebrity Equinox - Nina Barough,[5] founder of UK-based cancer charity
  • Celebrity Flora - Yolanda Kakabadse[6]
  • Celebrity Reflection - Jovanka Goronjic, Megan Mathie, Helen O'Connell, and Rosey Rodriguez, Four employees who support breast cancer causes[7]
  • Celebrity Silhouette - Michelle Morgan[8]
  • Celebrity Solstice – Professor Sharon L. Smith[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eyers, Jonathan (2011). Don't Shoot the Albatross!: Nautical Myths and Superstitions. A&C Black, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-4081-3131-2.
  2. ^ "Celebrity Cruises Announces Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code and Best-Selling Author of "Brave, Not Perfect," as Godmother of Celebrity Apex | Celebrity Cruises Press Center". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  3. ^ "Celebrity Eclipse Godmother Emma Pontin Dies from Breast Cancer". Crew Center. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  4. ^ "Celebrity Cruises Launches a Historic New Ship, Named by a Historic Godmother | Celebrity Cruises Press Center". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  5. ^ "Celebrity names godmother for Equinox: Travel Weekly". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  6. ^ "Celebrity Flora Story". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  7. ^ Cruises, Celebrity. "Celebrity Cruises Honors Its Own, Naming Four Employees Godmothers Of Celebrity Reflection". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  8. ^ "Signature Travel Network". Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  9. ^ "Celebrity SOLSTICE fact sheet" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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