We were proud to represent MeetMeOnBoard this week as guests of Celebrity Cruises for the Naming Ceremony of Celebrity EDGE in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We can’t wait to share with LGBTQ cruise travel enthusiasts our thoughts about the event and the ship.
Kudos to Celebrity for choosing Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai as the ship’s godmother in recognition of her work on behalf of the education of girls throughout the world.
Yousafzai said “I’m fighting to ensure millions of girls stuck in situations of poverty or war that they didn’t create can learn what they need to choose a future for themselves. But to continue making progress for girls’ education, we need support from leaders in every sector. I am so grateful to Celebrity Cruises for their generous support and investment in the potential of girls everywhere.”
The ceremony itself, hosted by designer Nate Berkus, was very moving, and included bagpipers marching to and from the stage for the opening. Another highlight was Audra Day singing “Rise Up” and “Stand Up For Something.” In addition to Malala’s comments, there were remarks from Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Ltd, which is Celebrity’s parent company and Celebrity Cruises CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
Fain said: “We are honored that Malala agreed to be the godmother of this ship, a role that reflects centuries of maritime traditions…we are especially proud because Malala’s example of relentless persistence and achievement is an inspiration to our crew, who have all worked so hard and made real sacrifices to build better lives for themselves and their families.”
In her comments, Lutoff-Perlo said “The ceremony today was both touching and symbolic of what Celebrity Cruises stands for. I am grateful to Malala, her family and Malala Fund for embracing today’s events and look forward to continuing our work together around the world.” Celebrity partners with Malala Fund and supports them in their mission to see the 130 million out of school girls around the world get the 12 years of free, safe, quality education they deserve.
The ceremony was held in the remarkable theater aboard EDGE and to accommodate the large crowd was simulcast in other locations throughout the magnificent new ship.
Watch MeetMeOnBoard for more information with our take on Celebrity EDGE. This is one instance when we felt the hype was right on the mark.
Join our gay group on this stunning new ship February 23, 2020 as we cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Click here for more information and to contact our travel professional Adam.