Symphony of the Seas was officially named in the port of Miami last night, as the Royal Caribbean International ship sets off on its inaugural cruise from the US.
The naming ceremony took place outside alongside the world’s largest cruise ship where it was docked in Miami’s new Terminal A.
Actors and cruise enthusiasts Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, along with their son, Ocean, have been named the ship’s godfamily.
Ben Bouldin, managing director of Royal Caribbean International in the UK, said: “We have had this ship for a season already. This is the first time the US market is going to see it.”
With feedback from passengers on Symphony being reaching a record high, Bouldin said it will still remain attractive to the UK market.
“When they see the chance to come to Miami, plus go on a cruise on Symphony, why wouldn’t [they] do that?”
At the naming ceremony, chairman and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises, Richard Fain, nodded to the recent opening of Terminal A in Miami’s port, saying that it shows improvements in baggage, check-in and security screening.
The inaugural two-day sailing will take the VIP guests to Nassau in the Bahamas.
Symphony of the Seas marks Royal Caribbean’s 25th ship in its fleet.
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