Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, and godmother of the Celebrity Eclipse, Emma Pontin
In Southampton, England, Emma Pontin, an ocean-racing yachtswoman and a breast cancer survivor, presided over the naming ceremony for the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Eclipse, the latest addition to Celebrity Cruises Solstice-class, on April 24.
“We are privileged to have someone as courageous and abundantly inspiring as [Pontin] to serve in this revered, time-honored role,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises. “In a lovely alignment with Celebrity Cruises, our godmother, too, makes her living sailing across the world’s oceans. But, she does so as an adventuresome, ocean-racing yachtswoman.”
“Like far too many mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers, I, too, have lost a loved one to breast cancer,” said Dan Hanrahan, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “Therefore, it is especially poignant for me that we have such a noble champion in the fight against breast cancer serving as our godmother.”
The Celebrity Eclipse naming celebration also coincided with a marathon walk in Southampton, called the Celebrity SunWalk, which raised funds for the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk.