Princess Cruises has altered the dates and
locations of the christening ceremonies for the Emerald Princess
and the Royal Princess, which were to take place in Santorini,
Greece, out of respect for the sinking of Louis Cruises' Sea
Diamond off Santorini this month, Princess said.
Princess had been
planning to name both ships in a single ceremony in Santorini on
The Emerald Princess
will now be named on May 13 in Athens. The new date and location
for the Royal Princess' christening will be announced shortly,
The Sea Diamond
scraped volcanic rock with its hull just outside Santorini's harbor
and began taking on water; it sank April 6. The disaster apparently
cost the lives of two passengers.
"Given the great
shock and sadness this incident has caused, and out of the respect
for those affected, we have decided that it would not be
appropriate to continue with the celebrations we had planned in
Santorini," said Alan Buckelew, Princess' president.
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