It’s widespread for cruise strains to decide on a celeb as godmother of a brand new cruise ship, however Royal Caribbean took a special method for its new flagship, Surprise of the Seas, and has revealed the “Surprise Mother” who will headline the ship’s upcoming naming ceremony.
“Surprise Mother” was chosen after a search started in August on the favored social media platform TikTok with a contest utilizing the #SearchForWonderMom hashtag.
Surprise of the Seas Godmother
Royal Caribbean’s “Surprise Mother” is Pennsylvania resident Marie McCrea, who was nominated by her daughter, Allie, within the TikTok contest. McCrea will preside over the ceremony on Dec. 9 at Surprise of the Seas’ new year-round homeport, Florida’s Port Canaveral.
Calling McCrea a faithful mother, spouse, and most cancers survivor, Royal Caribbean mentioned she “overcame adversity with unbelievable energy, and on the middle of her story are the recollections she impressed and made along with her household via all of it.”
“The seek for such an inspiring mother who embodies the spirit of Surprise of the Seas was something however simple. Marie and her household have a heartening and inspiring story that made us cry and rejoice and hopeful, and all through all of it, she impressed marvel and journey in these round her,” mentioned Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Worldwide.
“I need to thank everybody who nominated the Surprise Mothers in their very own lives. Greater than 16,000 movies have been created, and I used to be in awe of all of the unbelievable tales of the on a regular basis heroes who’re motivating these round them to find, marvel and make recollections,” mentioned Bayley.
McCrea Household To Sail Aboard Christening Cruise
Following the ceremony, McCrea and her household will set sail on the ship’s 7-night Caribbean cruise with lodging within the ship’s Final Household Suite, which options an in-suite slide, a cinema and karaoke room, sport consoles, and a personal balcony.
Royal Caribbean additionally will deal with the household to first-class flights to and from Port Canaveral, and supply spending cash. The crusing will go to Royal Caribbean’s non-public island vacation spot, Excellent Day at CocoCay.
A Royal Caribbean panel thought of the highest submissions earlier than selecting McCrea for the honour. Within the cruise line assertion, McCrea referred to as it an amazing honor to be chosen. “I’m so excited to have the chance to function the godmother for Surprise of the Seas,” she mentioned.
The cruise line has additionally invited the Surprise Mothers, who have been finalists, to set sail on Surprise of the Seas with their households.
Surprise of the Seas to Sail Japanese, Western Caribbean
Surprise of the Seas is the most important cruise ship on the planet at 236,857 gross tons and with a visitor capability of 5,734 at double occupancy. The vessel is the fifth within the widespread Oasis class, which launched the neighborhood idea that features the Boardwalk, Central Park, Leisure Place, and Royal Promenade, amongst others.
It options exercise choices for all ages, comparable to strolling via Central Park’s 20,000 actual crops, or having fun with performers, aerialists, divers, and the high-tech superheroes of The Effectors II: Crash ‘n’ Burn, which debuts on Surprise of the Seas.
Surprise of the Seas entered service final spring, with a maiden voyage on March 24, providing a brief sequence of Japanese Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, adopted by a summer time schedule within the Western Mediterranean, crusing between Rome and Barcelona.
The ship arrived at Port Canaveral on Nov. 13 and can function one 3-day Bahamas cruise on Dec. 4 earlier than starting a sequence of 6- to 8-night Japanese and Western Caribbean sailings.