Actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean, have accepted the honor to be Godfamily of Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Royal Caribbean offered the position to the PenaVegas while the family was on board Symphony’s sister ship, Harmony of the Seas, to film the Hallmark Channel’s "Love at Sea" – starring the couple opposite each other.
The family has firsthand knowledge of the experiences found on Royal Caribbean, having celebrated a number of milestones on the Oasis Class ships, including getting engaged on Oasis of the Seas and spending their babymoon on Allure of the Seas. Royal Caribbean’s nearly 25-year relationship with Carlos PenaVega began on his first cruise when he was four years old; his son, Ocean, sailed for the first time at 13 months.
The PenaVegas have both starred in well-known films and tv shows. Carlos starred on the Nickelodeon musical comedy "Big Time Rush" as Carlos Garcia. Since then, he has starred in several feature films, as well as the TV remake of "Grease: Live" as Kenickie. Alexa played Carmen Cortez in the "Spy Kids" film series. She has since starred in feature films, TV series and originals, most recently Enchanted Christmas for the Hallmark Channel.
The announcement of the PenaVegas as Godfamily is a first for the cruise industry. The selection of a new ship’s guiding spirit, customarily a godmother, is rooted in maritime tradition. The role is usually held by athletes, celebrities and royalty. In November 2018, the PenaVegas will be the first family to have the honor of naming Symphony of the Seas and bestowing a blessing for the safekeeping of her crew and guests during a formal ceremony when she arrives to her permanent home in Miami.
Symphony of the Seas is homeported in Barcelona for the summer, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence, France; and Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples, Italy as part of seven-night Mediterranean sailings. Beginning November 9, Miami will become Symphony of the Seas’ year-round homeport, making Symphony the first new Oasis Class ship to sail from the cruise capital of the world and Royal Caribbean’s new Terminal A. The ship’s 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises will include visits to Perfect Day at CocoCay, the global cruise line’s newly revealed private destination in The Bahamas.
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