It was announced on cruise related websites that Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas was christened in China over this past weekend.
The new 4,650 passenger and 1,500 crew member cruise ship arrived in Tianjin, China a few days ago.
The christening was presided over by the first Chinese godmother, Fan Bingbing, who is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer who first reached fame via the Chinese television series My Fair Princess and, more recently, in X-Men: Days of Future Past where she plays a mutant.
Royal Caribbean plans to base the massive cruise ship in Sydney starting in mid-December 2016.
Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain (photo below) escorted Ms. Bingbing onto the stage for the ceremonies.
Having a U.S. based cruise line announce such a ceremony in what was once called "communist China" reveals how much the times have changed in the world of cruising and how hard a U.S. based company is catering to the Chinese market.
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Bottom: via Royal Caribbean International