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Kristin Chenoweth Takes on a New Starring Role!

Announcing the godmother for a beautiful new Royal Caribbean cruise ship is always a big deal.  For the introduction of Quantum of the Seas, our goal is to involve our godmother in an unprecedented manner thereby creating a WOW in and of itself.  We are very excited about this and we hope our loyal readers share in our enthusiasm.  I have asked Lisa Bauer to give some color commentary on our recent announcement.  Get ready for 20 months of WOW.  And that’s before Quantum is even delivered!


During the telecast for the 2013 Academy Awards our TV commercial answered the question, “Who is Royal Caribbean’s next big star”.

We were very excited to let everyone know that Kristin Chenoweth will take on the role of godmother to our newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which is set to debut in the fall of 2014.

The role of the godmother for a ship is very special.  Not only does a godmother christen or name the ship and serve as a guiding spirit, but she also plays a key role in the festivities of the naming ceremony and provides a blessing on the ship for the guests and crew and all who sail on her.

The godmothers of Royal Caribbean cruise ships have had a wide variety of backgrounds including Olympic athletes, humanitarians and ordinary women with extraordinary achievements.  Oasis of the Seas had seven godmothers – one for each neighborhood!

When we talked about Quantum of the Seas, and how we wanted everything about her to be a quantum leap forward, we decided that the godmother would take on a greater role than we have done in the past when we announced the godmother within a few weeks of the official ship’s naming.  In this case we announced Kristin as the godmother well in advance so she could introduce the ship’s features over the next 20 months.

Royal Caribbean is a brand that has been recognized for world-class entertainment and we thought Kristin was the ideal embodiment of this key signature of our brand.  Kristin is widely known for her effortless transitions between stage, music, television and film and is an Emmy and Tony award winning actress.  Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line to introduce Broadway shows onboard and it seemed natural to look to one of the entertainment industries’ best to join our brand.

I remember in 2003 when I first saw Kristin in the Broadway show, Wicked, when she played Glinda the Good Witch.  I was so WOWed by her and since then I’ve seen her in everything from The West Wing to Glee and The Good Wife.  Most recently I attended the American Country Awards in Las Vegas and Kristin was co-hosting the show.


When Adam and I met with Kristin to present our idea of the role of godmother to Quantum of the Seas, the meeting only reinforced our decision.  We were very impressed by her sense of humor and warmth and felt that she was a natural fit for us.  On a purely personal note, I also love the fact that Kristin is as passionate about dogs as I am!

Kristin Chenoweth will play a very important role as Royal Caribbean begins to showcase more about Quantum of the Seas and all I can say is you need to Prepare to be WOWed!

-Lisa Bauer


21 responses to:
“Kristin Chenoweth Takes on a New Starring Role!”

  1. DMPicone

    Can’t wait to see these 20 months of wow unfold. Kristin Chenoweth is going to be a great addition to the Royal Caribbean family and maybe we can even get a Pie Hole onboard Quantum of the Seas! #PushingDaisies

    • Adam

      Thank you, Derek. We are equally excited.

  2. Ron Pipich

    My family and I have sailed several times out of LAX and tried to make it a annual trip, but since you don’t sail out of there we
    have had to stop this event. My question is are you goig to return to San Padro ?

    • Adam

      Hi Ron, at this time we have no plans to return a ship to the West Coast.

  3. Eileen Diamond

    Never heard of her before last night’s Oscars. Her performance on the red carpet was just hideous.
    This morning I see she is to be the new Godmother.. that news fell flat- all everyone is talking about on cruise enthusiast sites is the same- she was that very annoying woman with the awful voice last night. If she is to feature on the commercials I’m afraid a lot of people will be switching off. Include me in…

    • Adam

      We’re sorry to hear that, Eileen. We will be sure to pass your comments along to the proper department.

  4. Karen Young


    Great to hear about the new Quantum Class of ships you have in construction and I can’t wait to hear more about the new innovations you will be bringing us but I am disappointed that as a Diamond Plus loyalty member from the UK we are not able to enter the competition to win a cruise on this new ship. This seems to be a huge mistake for you as I for one feel very aggrieved that my money is good enough to buy cruises but my place of residence is not good enough to allow me the same chance of winning a cruise as other loyalty and non loyalty guests who live in the US and Canada – I would very much appreciate your comments please……

    Karen Young

    • Collette

      Hi Karen , I agree,with a Very Valid point as.( DIAMOND C & A )
      and I see Adam DID NOT REPLY TO YOU ,
      And don’t forget us European Customer s PAY TOP PRICE
      And do not get to avail of. Any of the Perks that are offered to USA Bookings ie. OBC or SPECIALITY DINNERS Etc
      I think it’s time to rethink OUR LOYALTY Karen
      Yours Dissapointed AGAIN

  5. Karen

    What a GREAT pick for God Mother! I just love Kristin and she represents RCCL well.

    • Adam

      We’re happy you think so, Karen. Thank you.

  6. Joe Rutherford

    Any chance this means “Wicked” will be the broadway show on Quantum?

    • Adam

      Hi Joe, at this time we are not releasing any entertainment options that will be featured onboard Quantum of the Seas. But stay tuned for more information!

  7. Marianne Lucas

    I’ve always enjoyed everything that Kristen has done. She is vibrant and full of energy! Ooh – I love what Joe Rutherford asked – Will “Wicked” be the show on Quantum. Please say YES!!!

    • Adam

      Hi Marianne, we are happy to hear you are fond of Kristin. At this time we are not releasing any information about entertainment onboard Quantum of the Seas, but stay tuned!

  8. Nancy & Gina O'Brien

    WOW…just when we thought it RC couldn’t get any better. We have taken our 3 children (ages 9, 11 and 13) on 2 cruises in 4 years. For some families who are financially blessed, cruising may be a yearly event. For the O’Brien family, it is a vacation that bonds us as no other activity can. We work in Education so we start saving for our next cruise the day we step off the ship!
    Our children want to sail on the Oasis after having sailed on The Freedom last summer…however we are loving the whole theme and energy around The Quantum class. Kristen Chenoweth is the perfect choice of “Godparent” for RC! We are very excited and we LOVE Royal Caribbean!We hope that the 5 of us can sail in 2014 on the new Quantum Class RC. Thank you!!

    • Adam

      We are so proud that we can be a part of your family’s tradition and hope to see you onboard for many years to come. Thank you.

  9. Byron Miller

    What a Wicked Quantum Leap and a great choice at that!! The Godmother’s cruise free forever right? Does that mean I can go with her? Heading out on the Independence in a few weeks for third Freedom Ship Trip. I guess I will have to wait until 2014…..Kristen is single and “Popular!”

  10. Elizabeth

    Very disappointing that folks outside of the US were unable to see the commercial at the Oscars, I hope when the PR for QOS kicks in, that International guests will not miss out.

    Also a tad disappointed that the QOS contest is not open to everyone.

    • Adam

      Hi Elizabeth, you can see the commercial that aired during the Oscars on our YouTube channel. Thank you for reaching out.

  11. Ryan Schlottmann

    We are very excited to hear about the newest addition to the RCCL Fleet. As a long time Cruise going family, we look forward to traveling the seas aboard the Quantum of the Seas. I don’t see the expected first sailing date. Any ideas that you can give us? We might just want to be apart of the inaugural Cruise.

    • Adam

      Hello Ryan, Quantum of the Seas will not debut until Fall of 2014. Thank you.

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