Yesterday was a beautiful day in Fort Lauderdale. A beautiful day for a wedding and for naming Princess Cruises’ newest ship Ruby Princess. Flanked by crewmembers, bride Danielle Vurpillat made her way down the staircases from Ruby Princess’ top deck and was met by former Love Boat captain Gavin McLeod, who escorted her to the altar where groom Kip Hickman and attendants Trista and Ryan Sutter awaited. Although the Sutters, who met on the hit television show Bachlorette, were their official attendants, it was appropriate that crewmembers of the newest “Love Boat” also participated in the nuptials.
As the sun slipped toward the horizon, the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife and it was time to get down to the business of christening Princess Cruises’ new ship. In an unconventional twist, Trista and Ryan, who are celebrating their fifth anniversary milestone and expecting their second child, both shared the honors as godparents to name Ruby Princess. Amid hundreds of red roses the ceremony was capped by the traditional champagne smash as ruby red streamers filled the air.
It was a busy day and we didn’t have a lot of time to explore Ruby Princess. One point I’d like to share is that Ruby Princess is the last new ship Princess Cruises presently has on order and it will be a while before aditional vessels join the fleet. That gives the line the opportunity to hone their superior service. Just an example of that service was exhibited today by Sherwin, a crewmember who hails from the Philippines. As you may recall, I broke my leg a couple months ago and I am now wearing a boot-style brace for support and using a cane for walking. I can’t stand for lengthy periods and Sherwin went out of his way to find a chair for me to sit down. I really appreciate his kindness.
Today we’re at sea and will have a lot more to report later from aboard Ruby Princess.