Celebrity Cruises has revealed Reshma Saujani – founder and chief executive of international non-profit organisation Girls Who Code – as the godmother for Celebrity Apex.

The vessel will be the first Celebrity Cruises ship to be launched in the UK in more than a decade.

Saujani will name the ship at the official inaugural ceremony in Southampton, on March 30.

Since launching in the US in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls across the globe and has a presence in the UK, US, India and Canada.

Saujani is also an activist who was as the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress in 2010, and wrote the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect.

Lutoff-Perlo said: “Reshma is bridging the gap in the historically male-dominated technology industry.

“She is evolving the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does, inspiring a whole new generation of girls and women to bravely pursue this field.

“Because she is a game-changing visionary, she is the perfect Godmother for a game-changing ship like Celebrity Apex.”

Celebrity will work with Girls Who Code to offer educational coding programmes as part of the cruise line’s Camp at Sea STEM experiences onboard Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge.

Celebrity Apex will begin its inaugural season from Southampton in April 2020 with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern Europe destinations and then spend the summer sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean.

In November, Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.

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