Royal Caribbean today announced that Fan Bingbing, internationally-acclaimed Chinese actress, will act as the Godmother for the world’s newest and most technologically advanced cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.
The announcement was made by President, Royal Caribbean International – China and North Asia Pacific, Dr. Zinan Liu, at a press conference in Beijing at the Great Hall of People. Bingbing is the first Chinese personality chosen to be the Godmother of international cruise line. She will officially name Ovation of the Seas at an inaugural ceremony on June 24, 2016 in Tianjin, China.
Ovation of the Seas is the second Quantum-class vessel to be deployed in China. She will sail her inaugural season out of Tianjin after a 30-day mini season from Hong Kong before the Ovation repositions to her winter homeport in Australia, December 2016.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Fan Bingbing to the Royal Caribbean family as Ovation of the Seas’ godmother. Bingbing is number one on the Forbes China ‘Celebrity 100’ list and has held that top position for three years making her one of the most influential Chinese stars and in the world. She has received awards from many international film festivals and is recognized as a fashion icon for her extraordinary style on the red carpet, at movie premieres and iconic fashion events. She is innovative, smart, ambitious, trendy and elegant, and that makes Bingbing the perfect person to be selected as the Godmother of our newest ship.”
At the press conference Fan Bingbing shared:
“My father was a singer in the art troupe of the Political Department of the Navy in China. My childhood was filled with the melodies of the sea and I often dreamed about sailing out to sea for an adventure. Now, thanks to this invitation from Royal Caribbean, my dreams will come true. I am really honored to be the first Godmother of Chinese nationality for such a prestigious international cruise line as Royal Caribbean International. And I like the name of Ovation of the Seas which in Chinese is interpreted as ‘praising the world and welcoming guests from everywhere’. As Godmother of Ovation of the Seas, I would like to invite more international guests to cruise from China on Ovation of the Seas.”