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Princess cancels Santorini dual-ship naming

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 17 - 2007

Princess Cruises has decided not to hold the dual ship naming for Emerald Princess and Royal Princess in Santorini next month. The company said the decision is out of respect for the sinking of Louis Hellenic Cruises’ Sea Diamond. Two passengers remain missing.

Princess had been planning to simultaneously name both ships in a ceremony on May 12. Instead, Emerald Princess will be christened in Piraeus on May 13, and the new date and location for the Royal Princess festivities will be announced shortly.

‘Given the great shock and sadness this incident has caused, and out of the respect for those affected, we have decided that it would not be appropriate to continue with the celebrations we had planned in Santorini,’ said Princess president Alan Buckelew. ‘Our thoughts are with all those affected, especially the family of the two missing French passengers.’

The company will keep its plans to reunite a pair of famous television mothers and daughters. Florence Henderson and Susan Olsen from ‘The Brady Bunch’ and Marion Ross and Erin Moran from ‘Happy Days’ will be aboard Emerald Princesss in Piraeus for the Mother’s Day ceremony.

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