She's been a good witch on Broadway, a press secretary and political reporter on TV and a Red Carpet host. Now, Emmy and Tony-award winning Kristin Chenoweth is becoming a godmother. With a bottle of champagne in hand and a long legacy of ship-leading ladies behind her, Chenoweth will christen Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in fall 2014.
“I have been lucky to play many roles and I am looking forward to this one,” Chenoweth said. “I think the Royal Caribbean brand is the perfect match for me, especially with their history of providing exceptional entertainment experiences to their guests.”
In addition to the ritual breaking of a champagne bottle, Chenoweth will serve as a guiding spirit to Quantum’s guests and crew, ensuring safe voyaging for all. The ship blessing tradition dates back to ancient times, when religious figures used water, wine or even sacrificial blood instead of bubbly. In 20th century France, priests did the blessing while a godfather and a godmother exchanged flowers and said the name of the ship together.
Today, the honor of cruise ship godmother is given to an inspirational individual whose personality and accomplishments fit the character of the vessel. Modern godmothers have included Queen Elizabeth II, renowned actresses Helen Mirren and Sophia Loren and in 2006, a special mom named Katherine Louise Calder, who fostered 400 special needs children over the course of 27 years.
Alongside her grace and dynamism, Chenoweth was chosen to guide Quantum for a couple reasons. Her versatile range of roles matches the ship’s variety of unprecedented amenities and activities and her commitment to wowing audiences with authentic entertainment is right in line with the fully-licensed Broadway production that will take place on board.
Chenoweth matched the blue carpet at the Royal Caribbean Reveal of the Quantum-Class Ships on Tuesday, April 16 in New York City. To see more of Chenoweth’s wow factor for yourself, check out her commercial debut. She’s poised to be a godmother maritime history will never forget.