Royal Caribbean International officially named its newest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas on December 1 during an elaborate maritime celebration designed especially for the world’s largest cruise ship. The global cruise line was welcomed not one, but seven celebrity godmothers – Gloria Estefan, Daisy Fuentes, Shawn Johnson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Michelle Kwan, Jane Seymour and Dara Torres – to preside over the festivities. The celebration took place throughout the seven signature neighborhoods onboard Oasis of the Seas, culminating with the traditional Champagne bottle breaking ceremony followed by a fireworks display in the AquaTheater, the ship’s oceanfront theater.
Marking the finale of 10 days of preview sailings, the naming ceremony provided Royal Caribbean the opportunity to give back to the community, doubling as a one-night inaugural celebration-fundraiser to benefit the non-profit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Celebrities including NBA legend Michael Jordan, Corbin Bleu of "High School Musical" and Olympic gymnast, Oasis godmother Shawn Johnson and "Dancing With the Stars" professional dancer, Karina Smirnoff were in attendance, granting the wishes of several children that wanted to meet them.
The ship will sail from her home port of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
Visit www.oasisoftheseas.com and check out video covering the naming ceremony below.