Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced that Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco will serve as the godmother to the new Seven Seas Explorer when it is christened July 13 at a gala in Monte Carlo.
Joining H.S.H. Princess Charlene at the christening ceremony for Seven Seas Explorer is world renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will take the stage for a 40-minute performance during the event.
Born in Zimbabwe, H.S.H Princess Charlene grew up in South Africa. A competitive swimmer, she represented South Africa during various competitions including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She married Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, in July 2011. They are the parents of twins born in 2014, Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
In 2012, she launched The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, whose mission is to teach children and adults basic water safety techniques and save lives. As a competitive swimmer, H.S.H. Princess Charlene spent years teaching underprivileged children basic water safety techniques for aquatic environments, using the approach that simple ideas often prove to be most effective.
The Foundation sponsors a number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programs in 27 countries throughout the world, including in the United States. H.S.H. Princess Charlene recently inaugurated the first U.S. chapter of the Foundation in Los Angeles on May 10. She is also Global Ambassador of Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The newest member of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet, Seven Seas Explorer carries 750 guests with a high guest-to-space ratio. The top-tier accommodation on the all-suite ship is the Regent Suite, a 3,875-square foot luxury suite with an in-suite spa retreat complete with unlimited complimentary spa treatments. The ship’s inaugural voyage is scheduled for July 20, and it will spend its inaugural season in Europe before heading to Miami for a series of Caribbean voyages.