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BAHAMIAN PARATRIATHLETE, ERIN BROWN, NAMED GODMOTHER OF NEW ROYAL CARIBBEAN SHIP ODYSSEY OF THE SEAS

November 2021 - Erin Brown will the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International ship when she blesses the new, innovative Odyssey of the Seas.

MIAMI, Nov. 10, 2021 – A Bahamian woman, who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire many, has been named Godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s new, innovative ship, Odyssey of the Seas. Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother of two and a paratriathlete competing at the international level, will accept the honor of blessing Odyssey at its naming ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 13.

“From the moment we heard Erin’s story, how her courage and determination inspired others and led to a more inclusive consciousness about succeeding with disabilities, we were moved and knew she was a natural choice for Godmother of our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A Godmother serves as the guiding spirit of the ship and brings good luck and safe travels to its guests and crew who sail on board for years to come.”

During her time as a collegiate track and field athlete, Brown was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken leg. After more than a year of chemotherapy, her tumor showed no signs of shrinking, and Brown made the decision to amputate her limb above the knee. Brown, who watched her own mother struggle for five years before losing her battle with lupus linked to cancer, knew she had to keep going because her family depended on her. “Mind over matter,” she repeated. And then, she reinvented herself.

She said she recognizes now that her disability was a signal to start over. The first time she completed the 100-mile cycling event in The Bahamas, Ride for Hope, to raise money for cancer research, education and prevention, she led a group of adaptive athletes who heard the thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd that had witnessed Brown achieve what few with two legs could on hilly terrain.

“A sudden change like the one I experienced is just an opportunity to rebrand yourself to yourself and to society. All those skills you had before – you still have them,” said Brown who has gone on to become an advocate for rights for the disabled and works at the University of The Bahamas as the compliance officer and counselor for those living with physical disabilities.

“Having Erin as our Godmother is a fitting way for us to pay tribute to The Bahamas as well,” said Bayley. “Royal Caribbean’s very first international destination was The Bahamas more than 50 years ago. To this day, Nassau remains one of our most popular ports of call, and our private island destination – Perfect Day at CocoCay – remains a top pick for our guests. We are excited about this ceremony and honoring our longtime partners as well as the newest Bahamian-flagged ship in our fleet.”

About Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveller. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 18 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.

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November 2021 - Erin Brown will the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International ship when she blesses the new, innovative Odyssey of the Seas.
November 2021 - Erin Brown will the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International ship when she blesses the new, innovative Odyssey of the Seas.
Odyssey of the Seas sports a whole new look and 12 all-new and first-to-brand adventures. Guests of all ages can choose from a lineup of experiences, including a Caribbean-inspired pool deck, the North Star glass observation capsule, SeaPlex – the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea – and world-class restaurants, including the new Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
Odyssey of the Seas sports a whole new look and 12 all-new and first-to-brand adventures. Guests of all ages can choose from a lineup of experiences, including a Caribbean-inspired pool deck, the North Star glass observation capsule, SeaPlex – the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea – and world-class restaurants, including the new Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
June 2021 - Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, arrives at its homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise from the U.S., which features SeaPlex - the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea - and a vibrant, Caribbean-inspired pool deck, will sail 6- and 8-night Caribbean cruises beginning July 2021.
June 2021 - Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, arrives at its homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise from the U.S., which features SeaPlex - the largest indoor and outdoor activity complex at sea - and a vibrant, Caribbean-inspired pool deck, will sail 6- and 8-night Caribbean cruises beginning July 2021.
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NOTICE: Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, and regional travel restrictions vary by ship and destination, and are subject to change without notice. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries. These may not be available during your voyage, may vary by ship and destination, and may be subject to change without notice.