The new world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, will be christened Thursday in Miami in a ceremony that amounts to its official coming out party.
Actors and megacruise fans Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, along with their 17-month-old son Ocean, will serve as godparents for the vessel at the event, which will kick off at PortMiami around sundown.
The PenaVegas are frequent Royal Caribbean cruisers. They got engaged on the line’s Oasis of the Seas and spent a “babymoon” on sister ship Allure of the Seas. Carlos PenaVega, who starred on the Nickelodeon series “Big Time Rush” and hosted the Nickeloeon game show “Webheads,” has been a Royal Caribbean regular for 25 years.
Royal Caribbean says the christening will mark the first time an entire family has christened a cruise ship. In keeping with longstanding maritime tradition, cruise ships normally are christened by a woman.
Soaring 18 decks high and nearly 1,200 feet long, Symphony is the largest cruise ship ever to sail out of PortMiami, the world’s busiest cruise port.
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