Premium cruise line Princess Cruises has announced that Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, will serve as inaugural cruise ambassadors for Princess Cruises in China and officially name the new Majestic Princess during a ceremony and gala celebration.
The inaugural festivities will take place aboard Majestic Princess in Shanghai on July 9, as the culmination of weeks of celebrations, upholding maritime traditions, as well as featuring traditional Chinese, contemporary Chinese, and western-inspired cultural performances that took place between Rome and Xiamen.
“Yao Ming is globally recognized for his success in China and the United States, truly embodying the ‘East meets West’ spirit of our international cruise line,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
Cherry Wang, vice president and general manager of the Princess Cruises, said the new ship promises the ultimate cruise vacation for Chinese travellers and the brand pays very much attention to the growth and development of children.
Princess Cruises is also debuting “Camp Discovery” – an interactive family enrichment program developed in part by Discovery Communications, California Science Center, and educators from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University – that is designed to foster creativity and initiate a love for learning.
Majestic Princess is currently sailing on her “Silk Road Sea Route” – a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai, retracing the ancient Chinese maritime Silk Road trade route. During the voyage, she will have visited a total of 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, Port Klang, and Xiamen before her arrival at Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal. Majestic Princess will begin her first homeport season in Shanghai on July 11.