Celebrity Cruises named Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of international nonprofit Girls Who Code, godmother of the Celebrity Apex. 

Saujani, also the author of bestselling book “Brave, Not Perfect,” will name the new ship at an inaugural ceremony in Southampton, England, on March 30. 

Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani

The Apex is the second ship in Celebrity’s Edge class, for which Celebrity said it is choosing godmothers that break ground in their respective fields. The Edge, the first ship in the class, was named by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Girls Who Code launched in 2012 with the aim of closing the gender gap in technology. Celebrity said college-aged alumni of the organization major in computer science and related fields at 15 times the national average. In 2019, Girls Who Code was named the No.1 nonprofit on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list. 

“Reshma is bridging the gap in the historically male-dominated technology industry,” said Celebrity CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo in a statement. “She is evolving the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does, inspiring a whole new generation of girls and women to bravely pursue this field. Because she is a game-changing visionary, she is the perfect godmother for a game-changing ship like Celebrity Apex.” 

Celebrity will collaborate with Girls Who Code to offer educational coding programs as part of the cruise line’s Camp at Sea S.T.E.M. experiences onboard both the Apex and the Edge. 

The Apex’s inaugural season launches in April with a mini-season of five sailings in northern Europe before spending the summer sailing Mediterranean cruises of seven to 12 days. In November, the ship will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of seven-day Caribbean cruises.

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