Kristin Chenoweth at the Oscars
Emmy and Tony award-winning Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her television roles in Glee and Pushing Daisies and movie roles in Stranger than Fiction and The Pink Panther, is adding yet another accolade to her impressive resume: godmother to Royal Caribbean International's forthcoming cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, scheduled to sail into service in the autumn of 2014.
Royal Caribbean announced that Chenoweth will be the performing the traditional Godmother role, including breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow of the new ship, during the pre-ceremony "red-carpet" portion of the Motion Pictures Academy Awards presentation on the ABC Network last night.
Royal Caribbean says it chose Kristin for "Exemplifying what it means to be a leading lady both onstage and off," and added that Chenoweth was chosen for her effervescent personality and ability to wow audiences, and that her versatile range of roles made her a natural fit, given that Quantum of the Seas, set to debut in fall 2014, is poised to introduce unprecedented experiences and amenities only attainable on Royal Caribbean International.
The role of Godmother has traditionally been performed by ladies, although many different couples and even large groups of people have been signified as "godmothers" of various cruise ships. Godmothers not only break a bottle to christen a ship, but also serve as "guiding spirits to its guests and crew," according to a statement by Royal Caribbean. The lines says it makes it selections based upon each lady's ability "whose life lessons and achievements illustrate the kind of courage, dedication and determination that are an inspiration to all."
"Kristin's effortless grace and dynamic performances align perfectly with our newest class of ships and we could not be more honored to have her represent Quantum of the Seas," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. "Working with such a remarkable and versatile woman for one of maritime's longest standing traditions is an exciting experience."
Royal Caribbean notes that Kristin has also starred in many Broadway productions, and that it was the first cruise line to present fully-licensed Broadway productions onboard its ships. Such shows currently running include Saturday Night Fever, Hairspray and Chicago: The Musical.
"I am so excited to be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Quantum of the Seas. I have been lucky to play many roles and I am looking forward to this one," stated Kristin Chenoweth. "I think the Royal Caribbean brand is the perfect match for me, especially with their history of providing exceptional entertainment experiences to their guests."
The Quantum class of ships, Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, will build upon Royal Caribbean's legacy of revolutionary ship design and bold innovation. At 158,000 gross registered tons (GRT) and with a capacity of 4,100 guests based on double occupancy, the ships will debut in fall 2014 and spring 2015, respectively.
"Our ships have always been designed for WOW and with Quantum of Seas, we are excited to introduce Quantum cruising and the 'at sea' firsts that our guests have come to expect from Royal Caribbean," said Adam Goldstein, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. "We look forward to working with Kristen and having her officially name our ship when she is delivered in the fall of 2014."
Additional details about Quantum of the Seas will be unveiled in the coming months.