Royal Caribbean has named the Godmother to Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. 23-year-old Brittany Affolter from the Miami-Dade region of Teach For America, has been selected after a 6-week long search.
The Miami-based cruise set out to find the hometown hero in education and Brittany Affolter was chosen. Affolter pursued a career in education as a way to pay it forward and inspire children in the same way she had been during her early years. She is the perfect choice out of thousands of nominations to welcome and lead Harmony of the Seas homecoming celebrations.
Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International said:
“The Godmothers of our ships are remarkable individuals whose life lessons and achievements are rooted in courage, dedication and determination.”
“Brittany exemplifies these qualities and so much more. We were exceptionally impressed by the passion she has for empowering our youth to believe in a better world and brighter future. She is wise beyond her years, and we can only imagine the accomplishments that she will continue to achieve.”
Affolter will join the ranks of renowned athletes, celebrities and royalty when she officially breaks a bottle to name the ship on Nov. 10, 2016. Harmony of the Seas is already sailing its transatlantic cruise which departed Barcelona, Spain on October 23. The ship will call at Palma de Mallorca and Malaga before arriving at Port Everglades on November 5.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said:
“At Royal Caribbean, we view education as a crucial stepping stone for our young people” “We are very proud to be in a position to ‘pay it forward’ by celebrating the unsung heroes in our local communities who have dedicated their lives to this goal. Congratulations to Brittany and the nearly thousand other heroes who were nominated.”
The 227,000 gross ton vessel which entered service this year will sail Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades, Florida. This will be the first time 5,475 passenger ship has been based in the United States where cruisers in the region will experience highlights like the first ever Ultimate Abyss 10-story slide at sea.