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Splendor, Carnival Splendor…

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On July - 10 - 2008

It was a scene straight out of a James Bond movie in Dover, England today as Royal Navy diver Petty Officer Christian Rummer climbed a 60 foot rope up the side of the Carnival Splendor to christen the ship with a symbolic smash of the bottle against the bow.

It wasn’t a traditional naming ceremony as the godmother, British musician and television personality Myleene Klass, performed “I Am Sailing” on a baby grand piano while PO Rummer climbed the rope. After the smashing of the bottle fireworks and confetti cannons launched to the loud cheers of those onboard. After the naming ceremony, Klass was presented with a model of the ship in a bottle.

The 113,000-ton Carnival Splendor, which can carry up to 4,914 passengers, is the largest cruise ship to sail from Dover. After a three-day inaugural sailing to Amsterdam, the vessel will sail 12-night Baltic cruises for the summer.

Have a question or coment about Carnival Splendor? Post a message below. I’ll be on board the next three nights during the inaugural sailing, and I’ll do my best to answer as many questions as possible.

In the meantime, here are some photos of today’s ceremony (click for larger image).

 

 

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