Multi-talented classical musician, singer and presenter Myleene Klass will have a spectacular bottle-breaking â€œassistâ€ from Royal Navy divers when she performs her first-ever Shipâ€™s Godmother duties next week by officially naming the 113,000 tonne Carnival Splendor – the biggest passenger ship to sail from Dover Cruise Port.
Ultra-fit Petty Officer Christian Rumming, 39, assisted by a Royal Navy dive team led by Lt Ian Richardson, 43, will be underwater near the bow of the Carnival Splendor when he will hear a unique radio signal from Myleene Klass, playing live classical piano music on the shipâ€™s top Lido deck. PO Rumming will let out some compressed air from his diving tanks and then personally climb, in wet suit, safety harness and flippers, a 60ft black marlin ascent rope to reach the Carnival Splendorâ€™s name on the top of her bow.
PO Rumming will then break with tradition, for instead of French champagne, he will undertake Myleeneâ€™s command and smash against the hull a bottle of the highly acclaimed 1994 vintage Nyetimber English sparkling wine, chosen by Carnival to emphasise their selection of Britain to launch their largest and latest superliner.
Myleene Klass said, â€œNot only am I excited about launching my first-ever ship with the Carnival Splendor, but also I am so looking forward to working with the Royal Navy men who seem to be under my command – if only for a couple of minutes! I plan to give PO Chris Rumming the start signal by playing some classical music on Carnival Splendorâ€™s baby grand piano.â€
Lt Ian Richardson of the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Squadron said, â€œThis has to be a rather unusual assignment for my men, who are trained in deep sea marine diving and underwater bomb and mine disposal to protect our fleet, but I am confident they can pull this off.â€
Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said, â€œMyleene Klass and the Royal Navy are a unique combination, and we are very honoured that they are joining forces to successfully name the Carnival Splendor.â€
Carnival Splendor offers a comprehensive selection of restaurants, show-stopping entertainment, four swimming pools, a 5,500 sq ft childrenâ€™s play area and Carnivalâ€™s largest ever floating spa featuring a thalassotherapy pool, thermal suite and 17 treatment rooms.
Immediately after its Naming Ceremony, Carnival Splendor sets sail for a three day preview cruise to Amsterdam, returning to Dover on July 13, when it will depart on the same day for its official inaugural 12-day cruise to the Baltic countries, visiting Copenhagen; Warnemunde (for Berlin); Helsinki; St Petersburg; Tallinn and Amsterdam.
A video replay of the Carnival Splendor Naming Ceremony can be viewed beginning July 10 at www.carnival.com/splendor.