Former British athlete Sally Gunnell has been named godmother of Ambience, the first ship to join the Ambassador Cruise Line fleet. A naming ceremony will take place on 19 April, the day before Ambience embarks on her maiden voyage to Hamburg.

Sally Gunnell OBE was the first British woman ever to hold four major track titles simultaneously, Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Since retiring, she has become an advocate for health and wellbeing in the over-50s.

Ambassador is the first British cruise line to launch in the UK for more than a decade. Sailings are targeted at the over-50s market and offer a series of no-fly cruises from London Tilbury.

Chief Executive Officer of Ambassador Cruise Line Christian Verhounig said, “We’re incredibly proud to have Sally as our first ship’s godmother. She is a wonderful advocate for the 50-plus market and her ambitious drive and dedication to achievement echoes Ambassador’s determination for expansion.

“We cannot wait to welcome Sally onboard Ambience and celebrate this monumental milestone in Ambassador’s journey so far. We are certain that our guests, crew and staff will feel as honoured as I am in having Sally as our first godmother and being part of the Ambassador family”.

Sally Gunnell added: “I’m delighted to be godmother to Ambience, Ambassador Cruise Line’s first ship. I’ve a fondness for Ambassador’s homeport London Tilbury being in Essex, the county I was born and grew up in.

“Within a year, Ambassador has firmly established itself in the cruise industry and has a collection of brand values that resonate with me. From community and wellbeing to being sustainable and ethical, we’re all responsible for the seas we sail on.”

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