Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Godmothers of the Disney Cruise Ships

Cruise Ships Have Godmothers?

The Godmothers of the Disney Cruise Ships

       All cruise ships have Godmothers. Most of the time it is celebrities and Royalty that get the fun and honor. A ships Godmother christens the ship and blesses it. She is entrusted with guiding this ship to and around all its destinations by placing a blessing upon it. Now just because ships have Godmothers it does not mean they don’t also have Godfathers. This maritime tradition has been going on for about 4,000 years.

       Disney Cruise Line, like all other cruise lines does have a grand christening ceremony and announces a Godmother or a set of Godparents for each of their ships. Here is who has been chosen as Godmother for the three ships already in the Disney fleet already.

Disney Magic

Patty Disney, wife of Roy. O. Disney is Magic’s Godmother.

Roy O. Disney was named Godfather along with his wife.

Roy O. Disney was the son of Roy E. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney. He was on the board of the Disney Company for many years.

       Disney Wonder

Tinker Bell was named Fairy Godmother of the Wonder and is the first Fairy Godmother for any cruise ship in the world.

Disney wanted to have one of its most beloved characters have the honor. Tinker Bell completed the christening by sprinkling Pixie Dust over the Wonder. Tinker Bell was the first fictional character to be named as a ships Godmother.

       Disney Dream

January, 2011 in a huge ceremony webcasted around the world Jennifer Hudson was made Godmother of the Dream.

Jennifer Hudson started her professional singing career on the Disney Wonder.

Disney Fantasy’s Godmother has not been named yet. Following tradition we most likely will not find out until the christening of the ship early in 2012 who the Godmother is. Disney may have already chosen who she is but will keep the information top secret until christening.

I have a few suggestions for Godmother of the Disney Fantasy. Diane Disney Miller is my favorite idea. As daughter of Walt Disney I think she is a perfect Godmother. Maybe one of Walt or Roy’s grandkids could be Godparents. Minnie Mouse would be another fun choice and maybe Mickey could be Godfather. Who would you choose?

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