Navy assist Splendor naming in Dover
[4th July 2008]
Royal Navy divers will assist musician and presenter Myleene Klass when she performs the naming ceremony for the Carnival Splendor, the largest cruise ship ever to sail from Dover.
Petty Officer Christian Rumming will be underwater near the bow of the Carnival Splendor when he receives a radio signal from Klass, who will be playing the piano.
Rumming will then climb a 60ft rope to reach the name of the Carnival Splendor on the top of her bow. At Klasss command he will break a bottle of 1994 Nyetimber English sparkling wine against the superliners hull.
Not only am I excited about launching my first-ever ship with the Carnival Splendor, but also I am so looking forward to working with the Royal Navy men who seem to be under my command - if only for a couple of minutes!, comments Klass.
Royal Navy Fleet Diving Squadron Lt Ian Richardson says: This has to be a rather unusual assignment for my men, who are trained in deep sea marine diving and underwater bomb and mine disposal to protect our fleet, but I am confident they can pull this off.
The 113,000 tonne Carnival Splendor is the largest cruise ship ever to be seen at Dover Cruise Port and the new superliner features the biggest ever floating spa with thalassotherapy pool and thermal suite, plus a huge 5,500 sq ft childrens play area.
Immediately after the naming ceremony in Dover on 10th July Carnival Splendor will set sail on a three day preview cruise to Amsterdam. Then on 13th July the new cruise ship will depart on a 12 day Baltic cruise, visiting Copenhagen; Warnemunde (for Berlin); Helsinki; St Petersburg; Tallinn and Amsterdam.
Written by: Nick Purdom
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