Celebrity Cruises announces that Captain Sandy Yawn & her sister Michelle Dunham, founder of the Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA), have been selected as co-Godmothers of its upcoming ship, Celebrity Ascent.
The sisters will now join the industry’s first brother Captains, Dimitrios and Tasos Kafetzis, who were announced earlier this year as the chosen duo to jointly take the helm of the new ship.
Godmothers of the previous Edge® Series ships include Simone Biles, 19-time World Champion and seven-time Olympic Medallist for Celebrity Beyond and Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of international nonprofit Girls Who Code who named Celebrity Apex and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate and activist, who introduced the revolutionary ship class when Edge launched in 2018.
Laura Hodges Bethge, Celebrity Cruises’ President, said:
“We are honoured to have Captain Sandy and her sister Michelle join the legacy of Celebrity’s Godmothers, as they are both inspirational women who have dedicated their lives to making a positive impact in the world.
“Captain Sandy’s life story is one of resilience, leadership and strength, as a pioneer in the maritime industry and as an inspirational role model for young women.
“Her sister Michelle is a tireless advocate for children with autism and shows us what is possible when you follow your vision for a better world. Both women live by Celebrity’s values, and we have no doubt they are the perfect choices for Ascent.”
During Ascent’s official naming ceremony on 1st December 2023, both sisters will bless and christen the ship, bringing good luck and protection for the crew and all passengers onboard.
For more information, please visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk.
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