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Actor Hannah Waddingham Will Serve as Godmother of Sun Princess

Actor Hannah Waddingham Will Serve as Godmother of Sun Princess

Award-winning actor and performer Hannah Waddingham will be named the official Godmother of Princess Cruises’ newest ship Sun Princess. The gala naming ceremony will be held at Spain’s Port of Barcelona on April 23, 2024.

Waddingham will become the latest member of an elite group of celebrities who have been godparents to Princess ships, including Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 1984); Catherine, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 2013); Audrey Hepburn (Star Princess, 1989); Sophia Loren (Crown Princess, 1990); and Martha Stewart (Crown Princess, 2006).

Read more: What Is a Cruise Ship Godmother (or Godfather)?

A British actress and singer, Waddingham is best known for her role as Rebecca Welton in Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso.” Her performance on the series has won her a Primetime Emmy, Critics Choice Television Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as two individual Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Hannah Waddingham will be the godmother of Sun Princess (image courtesy of Princess Cruises)

She will next be seen in the Universal film “The Fall Guy” opposite Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in theaters on May 3, 2024. Earlier this year, Waddingham earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination for her own Apple TV+ holiday special “Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas.”

Waddingham made her global debut as a host in April 2023 at The Olivier Awards (she’ll return to host the 2024 ceremony on April 14) followed by the BBC Eurovision Song Contest 2023, earning her a second BAFTA TV nomination and The Royal Television Society award for “Best Entertainment Performance” in 2024. Her upcoming films include Sony Animation film “Garfield” out May 24, 2024 and in 2025 “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.”

“We’re delighted to welcome the illuminous and elegant Hannah Waddingham to serve as Godmother for our sensational new Sun Princess,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.

“Just like Sun Princess, she exudes sophistication, beauty and wonderment through her inspiring work as a talented and award-winning actress and performer. We’re truly honored Hannah will officially name our most impressive, luxurious and stunning Love Boat ever created, and join an esteemed group of Princess Godparents including members of the Royal family,” Padgett continued in a press release.

About Sun Princess

The 177,882-ton, 4,300-guest Sun Princess introduced an innovative new ship platform designed exclusively for Princess Cruises. The new ship started her inaugural cruise season on February 28, 2024, and is currently sailing a series of Mediterranean voyages before crossing the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale in October for the ship’s first Caribbean season.

As the first Sphere Class ship, Sun Princess debuted new venues including The Dome, a geodesic, glass-enclosed structure at the top of the ship inspired by the terraces of Santorini. In the suspended Sphere Atrium, guests are treated to expansive ocean views and an open concept, inspired by a lifestyle of relaxed indoor and outdoor living.

Sun Princess features 30 restaurant and bar venues with an unprecedented collection of celebrity collaborators for a Princess ship.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen