Captain Lynn Danaher, Dr. Vicki Ferrini and Jenifer Austin, members of The Explorers Club, will serve as the godmothers for Enchanted Princess. Since its inception in 1904, members of The Explorers Club have traversed the earth, the seas, the skies, and even the moon, on expeditions of exploration. This professional society is dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific exploration and resource conservation.
The work of the three godmothers will be showcased in an original production ‘Our World, Enchanted’, as part of Enchanted Princess’ naming ceremony. The event is scheduled to broadcast globally on the cruise line’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 9pm on 13 December 2021.
“This unique approach to the naming of Enchanted Princess honors our legacy of bringing people together and creating lasting memories on board our cruises by letting us share the excitement of the ceremony with more people than ever and giving Princess fans a more intimate look at our newest MedallionClass ship,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “It also allows us to recognise the contributions our godmothers – Captain Lynn Danaher, Dr. Vicki Ferrini and Jenifer Austin – have made to ocean conservation and stewardship, as the ocean provides our livelihood and serves as the home for our more than 25,000 employees who serve millions of guests while they explore the world on a cruise holiday with us each year.”
Meet the godmothers to Enchanted Princess:
Captain Lynn Danaher
Captain Danaher has been a United States Coast Guard Licensed Master and Dive Master since 1994. She is a founding member and president of the Pacific Islands Research Institute since 2008 and co-founder of the Friday Harbor Film Festival since 2013.
Dr. Vicki Ferrini
After completing her PhD in Coastal Oceanography, Dr. Ferrini extended her research interests from the coast to the hidden deep-sea world. The majority of the global ocean is unmapped, unexplored and uncharacterised, and her work aims to help solve that. Dr. Ferrini joined the Explorers Club in 2021 when she was selected as one of the ‘Explorers Club 50’ – fifty explorers changing the world.
Jenifer Austin spent nearly 14 years at Google, where she co-led the team that launched the first virtual map of the ocean in the company’s consumer products Google Earth and Google Maps, and also launched Underwater Streetview in Google Maps and Global Fishing Watch. She then started Oceanagenda.com to help bring together diverse groups to support holistic ocean conservation and stewardship.
The 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess began her inaugural cruise season on 10 November, sailing various 10-night Southern Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The ship will head to Europe in April 2022 to sail on a series of Scandinavian voyages roundtrip from Copenhagen.