Actress Hannah Waddingham Christens Sun Princess in Barcelona

British actress Hannah Waddingham christened Princess Cruises' newest ship Sun Princess during a ceremony in Barcelona today.

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During a celebration at the Port of Barcelona today, actress and performer Hannah Waddingham officially welcomed Sun Princess into the Princess Cruises fleet as the vessel’s godmother.

The maritime tradition took place onboard the ship in the all-new Princess Arena and Waddingham, alongside the ship’s Captain Craig Street, joyously proclaimed, “I name this ship Sun Princess. May God bless her and all who sail on her.” She then released a celebratory bottle of champagne to smash against the ship, wishing good fortune to all who sail on her.

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(Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

About The Godmother of Sun Princess

Known for her role as Rebecca Welton in “Ted Lasso,” Waddingham said that being named godmother of Sun Princess is a “pinch me” moment as she joins an esteemed group of women, including members of the Royal Family, who have also served as godmothers to Princess ships: Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 1984); Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess 2013); Audrey Hepburn (Star Princess, 1989); Sophia Loren (Crown Princess, 1990); Martha Stewart (Crown Princess, 2006); among many notable celebrities and dignitaries.

Waddingham grew up boating and has fond memories of weekends in Dunkirk. In addition, her grandfather served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

“As much as theatre has always rippled through my bloodstream so too has a strong, historic familial connection with the Royal Navy and all things nautical,” said Waddingham. “I have of course seen over the years the iconic godmothers who have been asked to represent these magnificent ships and looked on in awe. It is therefore such a great privilege to have been asked to act as Godmother to the Sun Princess, first of her class. I can’t quite believe it.”

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(Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Actor and magician Michael Carbonaro served as master of ceremonies for the event, and was joined by a host of celebrities and TV personalities including Tyra Banks, Romero Britto, Randy Fenoli, Jeff Corwin, Rob Floyd, along with celebrated chefs Dario Cecchini, Makoto Okuwa, and beloved original “Love Boat” cast members Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), Ted Lange (Isaac), and Bernie Kopell (Doc).

In addition, Natasha Bedingfield was on hand to perform her hit “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” along with other award-winning hits including “Unwritten.”

Sun Princess is the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, carrying 4,300 guests and coming in at 177,882 gross tons. The vessel began its inaugural cruise season on February 28th and is currently sailing a series of Mediterranean voyages. In October, the ship will begin sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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