SANTORINI, Greece -- Princess Cruises' most-traveled passenger will serve as godmother of the Royal Princess, the line revealed May 12.

Lorraine Artz, who was onboard the Royal Princess as it was anchored here nearby Princess's newest vessel, the Emerald Princess, during a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, willchristen the vessel June 14 in Portofino, Italy.

The ship's captain, Princess fleet Commodore Michael Fatchen, told reporters onboard the ship that Artz had been informed of her selection the night before. 

"Lorraine knows everybody, and everybody knows Lorraine," Fatchen said of Artz who has spent 4,078 days on Princess-branded ships. "So we do actually recognize our long-standing guests."

The 30,200-ton, 710-passenger former R-ship, which most recently sailed as Swan Hellenic's only vessel, the Minerva II, recently came out of a drydock in which its hull was painted white, a casino was added and all carpets were replaced.

According to Artz and Princess, Artz, has been cruising since the early 1970's and practically lives on Princess vessels, spending up to 10 months of every year onboard. She spent 17 years on the former Royal Princess, which was transferred to P&O Cruises, and said she felt like she was "coming back home" now that she is able to return to the new Royal Princes. She spent the last two years sailing on the Sea Princess.

"I'm honored and thrilled," Artz told "I don't know why anyone would do any other kind of holiday."

The ceremony was originally supposed to be held on the Greek island of Santorini in a dual ceremony with the Emerald Princes, but was moved out of respect for the sinking of the Louis Cruises vessel, the Sea Diamond, in Santorini in April. The Emerald was christened on May 12 in Athens.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].


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