Royal Caribbean International has announced it has selected Brittany Affolter as the godmother of its newest ship, the Harmony of the Seas.
Affolter, who was selected out of nearly 1,000 nominations from the Miami-Dade region, will break a bottle to name the ship in a ceremony on November 10.
Brittany Affolter pursued a career in education as a way to pay it forward and inspire children in the same way she had been during her early years, Royal Caribbean said. She grew up in a challenging home environment where she received little support and guidance, and was able to remove herself from that setting with the help of teachers and mentors. Instead Affolter found the encouragement and inspiration she sought from caring and devoted teachers who believed in her, helping her realize that college was within grasp and that a quality education was essential for a successful, fulfilling life. Ultimately, these teachers advanced her to where she is today.
Affolter has been working with Teach For America Miami-Dade since 2014, engaging classrooms in Title 1 schools across the county that meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students. In order to reach as many kids in Miami as possible for the greatest impact, she now trains teachers at 14 high-need schools in Miami-Dade, serving more than 500 students. In her spare time, she tutors students, is working to become a mentor for children in foster care, and is completing her masters in educational leadership.
Harmony of the Seas combines the seven-neighborhood concept that sibling ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are known for, with new amenities, including new dining, entertainment and technology offerings, such as the VOOM high-speed Internet service. Guests can expect experiences ranging from the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-story tall slide, to entertainment including Broadway's hit musical Grease and high-diving, acrobatic performances in the AquaTheater, dining in venues ranging from Jamie's Italian Cuisine by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to Wonderland, a unique whimsical culinary adventure for the senses; and robot bartenders.