From Pitbull to Malala: How Cruise Lines Choose Their Godparents

John

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Long the domain of royalty and dames (Queen Elizabeth II has been a godmother three times), cruise lines are thinking creatively and changing up this maritime tradition of who will bestow a vessel with good luck, a custom which stems back to the Viking Age when blood was spilt during a ship launch as an offering to appease the gods. Thankfully that blood has now been replaced by a bottle of champers, or in Malala’s case, sparkling water.

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