The Sky Princess, a new cruise ship, has arrived at Port Everglades. Princess Cruises’ executives and honorees welcomed the ship with an official naming ceremony.
The ceremony was named “Reach for the Sky” and it honored women who have achieved success within the Princess organization and also women who play important roles in NASA’s space exploration program.
Susan Morgan, chief security officer on the Sky Princess, was recognized. She has achieved success with Princess and also was very successful with the British Royal Navy. She achieved the rank of Warrant Officer I.
Kerry-Ann Wright, second officer on the Sky Princess, was honored.
Morgan said she has enjoyed her life in the military and the cruise industry. “I am humbled to receive this honor,” she said.
Wright said she has loved being involved in the cruise industry. She worked her way up from a deck level position to a leadership position.
Poppy Northcutt, a NASA engineer and civil rights attorney, and Captain Kay Hire, a NASA astronaut and U.S. aviator, were recognized as godmothers of Sky Princess. Their professional accomplishments were presented during the ceremony.
Alexander Yepremian, cruise director, was master of ceremonies. He introduced Heikki Laakkonen, the captain of the ship. Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, gave a presentation. She praised the efforts of the Sky Princess personnel.
Sky Princess can carry about 3,660 guests and about 1,400 crew members. It offers seven day sailings from Port Everglades to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Sky Princess is the fourth Royal-class ship in the Princess fleet and began operations in October 2019.
Sky Princess is the first vessel built from the ground up with the Princess Medallion Class experience, where guests can personalize their cruise. Medallion Class ships include Ocean Medallion, a wearable technology that allows cruise guests to use their device as a key to open their cabin, make dinner reservations, and pay for purchases or other customized services.
Sky Princess was built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. Sky Princess is 1,083 feet long with 19 decks. More than 1,830 cabins have balconies.
“We are thrilled and honored that Princess decided to homeport their newest ship at Port Everglades, and also chose to hold her naming ceremony there as well,” said Glenn Wiltshire, Port Everglades Acting Chief Executive and Port Director. “Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess will bring jobs and revenue to Broward County, as well as cruise guests who stay in our hotels and support the small businesses and attractions that are the lifeblood of our tourism-based economy.”