-- Princess Cruises' most-traveled passenger will serve as
godmother of the Royal Princess, the line revealed May 12.
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,
captain, Princess fleet Commodore Michael Fatchen, told reporters
onboard the ship that Artz had been informed of her selection the
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."
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 TravelWeekly.com. "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.
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