She's serving as the godmother for an ultra-luxurious cruise ship

By Diana Pearl
Updated July 14, 2016 01:15 PM
Credit: Mark Ashman

All aboard!

Princess Charlene of Monaco got glam for a night celebrating the Seven Seas Explorer, a brand new cruise ship – currently being touted as the “world’s most luxurious” – for which she is serving as godmother.

As part of her godmotherly “duties,” Charlene christened the ship in Monte Carlo on Wednesday, cutting the ceremonial red velvet ribbon and smashing a bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull.

The Olympic swimmer turned royal has a special connection to the ship, too. Charlene, a water safety advocate (who taught her children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, basic swimming skills before their first birthday!) is working with the Seven Seas Explorer’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line, to put her own water safety program into practice on their fleet of ships.

It is an honor to be the godmother of this magnificent ship, Seven Seas Explorer,” she said. “I am also thrilled by the discussions taking place between my Foundation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to implement my Water Safety program on all their ships. Developing awareness of the risks attached to aquatic environments is, for me, a cause of most importance.”

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Though she may be the one with the official title, Charlene wasn’t the only special guest at the christening ceremony: Singer Andrea Bocelli performed a private concert at the celebration, and her husband, Prince Albert, also joined her at the event.

The couple looked as glamorous as ever, with Charlene in sleek white dress and Albert in a white jacket tuxedo.

Monte Carlo was a fitting sailing point for the Seven Seas Explorer. The ultra-luxurious ship has gourmet restaurants, plenty of staff, and only offers suites (with balconies!) to its guests.

Although when you have a palace to go home to, who needs a cruise?