Royal Caribbeans newest ship, the 270,000 tonnes Harmony of the Seas was christened in Fort Lauderdale yesterday.
One of the things I love about this story is the fact that Royal Caribbean launched a contest in South Florida looking for an educator who inspires students to “dream big, think differently, and challenge the status quo” to become godmother.
There were over 1,000 submissions were received, and with help from area educators, company employees, educators and the public, the list was narrowed down to three. The winner, Brittany Affolter, works with Teach for America, spends her time at Title 1 schools for low-income and at-risk students, and trains teachers at 14 high-need schools in Miami-Dade County on how to encourage students to reach their maximum potential. She also takes area students on field trips to expose them to various cultural opportunities in the region. She definitely sounds like a worthy godmother and again nice to see a non-celebrity.
The ceremony itself was a bit techy so to speak with the Bionic bartender getting in on the action and helping to release the larger than life Champagne bottle, made exclusively for this christening by Veuve Clicquot. I cant help thinking its such a waste of good champagne when I see these bottles smash against the side of the ship.
Take a look at the footage.
Among Harmony’s other innovations is the 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, a bionic bar with robot bartenders, an outdoor Central Park, two rock-climbing walls, a zip line, a skating rink and the first two-story Wonderland restaurant.
Harmony also features a DreamWorks Experience and more family options including character—Po from “Kung Fu Panda,” Shrek and Puss in Boots from “Shrek” and the Penguins from “Madagascar”—meet and greets onboard. Get me on that ship!!