Myleene Klass named as the Godmother of the Carnival Splendor.
Here is the official news release from Carnival.
MIAMI (June 9, 2008 ) British celebrity Myleene Klass, a chart-topping musican, singer and television personality, is to be godmother of the new Carnival Splendor and officially name the newest “Fun Ship” of the world’s largest cruise line in Dover, England on July 10, 2008. At 113,300 tons and carrying up to 4,914 passengers, the Carnival Splendor will be the largest passenger ship ever to sail from the Kent port chosen for this summer’s UK inaugural voyage departures.
The naming ceremony will also mark another first with Carnival emphasizing its choice of Britain to launch the Carnival Splendor by dispensing with, for the first time ever, the traditional champagne and using the highly acclaimed Nyetimber English Sparkling wine to smash against the hull.
Myleene Klass is a classically trained musician and singer who has achieved enormous success on both the pop and classical charts in the U.K. She is also a tremendously popular TV presenter who has hosted numerous high profile British TV shows and currently hosts “The Screening Room” on CNN International, as well as the British radio program Classic FM Breakfast Show. Additionally, in 2007 she became the face of renowned British retailer Marks & Spencer and is currently featured in billboards, retail displays and television advertising throughout Britain.
Myleene Klass said, “I am very excited, and a little nervous, at becoming a ship’s godmother for the first time, especially when it involves naming a ship the size of the Carnival Splendor. But my family is very connected with ships as my father served in the Merchant Navy.”
Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill said, “Myleene is the perfect godmother to name Carnival Splendor, with her many talents complementing the many features of the ship, which is already attracting a broad passenger base — from families to couples to groups of friends – all with a common desire to enjoy a fun, casual and memorable vacation. The British cruising market is growing fast, with over 1.3 million taking cruises from the UK last year, and this is why we have chosen Britain for our inaugural summer season for Carnival Splendor.”
Nyetimber owner Eric Heerema said, “We are honoured that Carnival should choose Nyetimber 1994 Blanc de Blancs in preference to champagne for such a traditional occasion. The only problem is that we have such limited stocks of the 1994 vintage left that we were loath to lose even a bottle, but this is further important international recognition of the quality of our sparkling wine produced in West Sussex.” Nyetimber is served at leading restaurants including Le Gavroche, Gordon Ramsey’s Petrus, Chewton Glen and The Dorchester, and has been served at 10 Downing Street and by Her Majesty The Queen at many state occasions.
Carnival Splendor offers a comprehensive selection of restaurants, show-stopping entertainment, four swimming pools, a 5,500-square-foot children’s play area and Carnival’s largest-ever floating spa featuring a thalassotherapy pool, thermal suite and 17 treatment rooms.
Following the naming ceremony, the Carnival Splendor sets sail for a three-day mini preview cruise to Amsterdam, returning to Dover on July 13, when it will depart 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. At the conclusion of its European program, which also includes a series of Mediterranean voyages, the Carnival Splendor will reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for seven-day Caribbean departures. Following a series of 14- to 18-day South America voyages, Carnival Splendor begins year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., March 29, 2009.
For additional information and reservations on Carnival Splendor’s various European, Caribbean, South American and Mexican Riviera cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com.
Biography of Myleene Klass
Myleene Klass is an entertainer. A musician, TV presenter and singer that attracts press column inches whatever she does and wherever she goes. In short, Myleene Klass is a star.
Myleene began playing the piano and her grandfather’s violin at age of four. She studied Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she also added Harp to her repertoire. After completing her studies Myleene then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she later graduated. Work as a session musician and singer quickly followed, leading to Myleene’s West End debut, joining the cast of “Miss Saigon.
However, Myleene first shot into public consciousness in 2001 during the ITV1 series ‘Popstars’. From thousands of singing hopefuls, Myleene was chosen to become one of five members of the controversial yet incredibly successful reality pop band, Hear’Say. Hear’Say’s first single “Pure and Simple” entered the charts at No.1, going on to sell over 1 million copies. However, despite a string of hit singles and a nationwide sell out tour, the band split in late 2002 leaving Myleene to pursue a solo career.
In 2003, Myleene signed a solo deal with Universal Classics. The first fruit of this deal was her debut solo classical album “Moving On. Entering the classical charts at No.2, the album went on to break records in all genres, entering the popular charts amidst pop and rock artists alike.
Never one to stay still, summer of 2005 saw Myleene change career paths, focusing on her love for television. Incredibly her first TV role was presenting the hit ITV1 Saturday morning music show “cd:uk”, an hour long live pop show and a real baptism of fire! Myleene hosted the show for six consecutive months interviewing a broad range of top music names from 50 Cent to Westlife.
cd:uk made the TV industry sit up and take notice of Myleene’s natural persona on screen, sending her presenting career spinning into orbit. 2006 saw presenting roles on BBC1’s “Heaven and Earth Show”, the BBC’s coverage of “The Proms”, “GMTV”, The All Star Talent Show” on Channel 5 and “Ghost Towns” for Living TV.
As part of World Vision’s 24 hour Famine Appeal, Myleene visited Sierra Leone in early 2006 to see how World Vision was working to help villages build up their lives. She has also been the face of various charity campaigns including NCH’s important Stop Text Bully campaign.
November 2006 saw Myleene visit Kabul in Afghanistan to present troops with a prize as part of the Daily Mirror’s prestigious “Pride Of Britain” awards.
Later that month Myleene took on one of her biggest challenges yet spending three weeks in the Australian jungle as part of ITV1’s massive show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. Myleene’s natural charm and positive personality won over viewers of all ages, generating acres of press coverage in the process. In fact her bikini clad jungle showers made front page news nearly every day of the show!
After only one week on “I’m A Celebrity” Myleene became the most searched for celebrity from the show ever on internet search engine MSN, and the third most searched for celebrity overall in the world. By the last week of the show, Myleene became the No.1 most searched for celebrity in the world by UK users.
The final show of the series saw Myleene crowned “Queen Of The Jungle” finishing in second place and firmly winning a place in the hearts of the nation.
Fresh from her jungle success Myleene decided to auction her now legendary white bikini to raise money for the victims of collapsed Christmas savings firm Farepak. The bikini sold for a staggering £7,000 helping many families have a better Christmas in 2006.
Offers of work have naturally flooded in for Myleene post “I’m A Celebrity”. She presented the live broadcast section of ITV1’s massive “X Factor” final and, became one of the presenters on both BBC1’s Saturday night entertainment show “The People’s Quiz” and the network’s new daytime show “The One”.
2007 saw the launch of her own movie show on the prestigious worldwide channel CNN International. “The Screening Room” has so far seen Myleene interview A List movie stars across the globe including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp to name just a few.
In addition to her television roles, Myleene also hosts the Classic FM Breakfast show every Saturday and Sunday morning. She also writes a monthly feature in Classic FM Magazine entitled “Myleene’s Hot Property”.
Myleene’s natural charm on television caught the eye of the directors of M&S who quickly signed her up to be the face of their 2007 and 2008 advertising campaigns. Myleene now adorns billboards and M&S windows across the country as well as appearing in their TV advertising campaign alongside such luminaries as Erin O’Connor and Twiggy.
July 2007 saw Myleene’s return to world of music with a brand new deal with EMI Classics. Since signing the deal Myleene has released two albums “Myleene’s Music For Romance” and “Myleene’s Music For Mothers” both of which reached No.1 in the classical charts. As Myleene says: “The albums are about taking classical music to the masses and letting a new audience know that classical music doesn’t have to be scary”.
In the autumn of 2007 Myleene hosted her own ITV1 prime time show “Saturday Night Divas” featuring performances from Chakka Khan and Celine Dion amongst others. She then finished off an extraordinary year hosting BBC1’s live end of year show “New Year Live”.
2008 kicked off with the release of Myleene’s first book, a candid pregnancy diary “My Bump and Me”. The book headed straight into the Top 10 bestseller charts the week after it shelves and has remained there ever since.
Shortly after, Myleene flew to Canada to host her debut show for the country, “A Listers Unzippped”, a fashion panel show with a twist. The rest of 2008 will see her present “The Classical Brits” for ITV1, a personal career highlight, followed by the launch of her very own baby range in September, in association with Mothercare, “Baby K”.
With her exotic looks (her mother is Filipino, her father Austrian/English), her extraordinary talent, and her passion for the entertainment industry, Myleene is a girl made more articulate and feisty by her experiences. One thing is for certain, we are going to be hearing a lot more from this eloquent young woman for many years to come.