Nobel laureate Malala names Celebrity Edge

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Malala Yousafzai with Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo on the Celebrity Edge.
Malala Yousafzai with Celebrity Cruises CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo on the Celebrity Edge.

The new Celebrity Edge was christened Tuesday by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

"We are honored that Malala agreed to be the godmother of this ship, a role that reflects centuries of maritime traditions," said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Celebrity's parent company.

He said Yousafzai's persistence and achievement was an inspiration to the crew of the ship.

A native of Pakistan, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot in 2012 by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism of behalf of girls' education.

Yousafzai is now studying at Oxford University.

"I'm fighting to ensure millions of girls stuck in situations of poverty or war that they didn't create can learn what they need to choose a future for themselves," Yousafzai said.

Rather than use the traditional champagne, a custom-made 18-liter bottle of Badoit French mineral water smashed across the ship's bow.

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