Hannah Waddingham Tapped for Godmother of Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess

Princess Cruises has announced that British actress and singer Hannah Waddingham will serve as the godmother of Sun Princess during its christening ceremony in April.

A luxurious LNG-Powered Cruise Ship sailing the ocean alongside a portrait of an elegant Hannah Waddingham smiling.
(Photo courtesy Princess Cruises)
The cruise line’s president, John Padgett, announced, “We’re delighted to welcome the luminous and elegant Hannah Waddingham to serve as Godmother for our sensational new Sun Princess. Just like Sun Princess, she exudes sophistication, beauty, and wonderment through her inspiring work as a talented and award-winning actress and performer.”  

Waddingham is best known for her performance in AppleTV+’s production of Ted Lasso. Her portrayal of Rebecca Walton in the comedy-drama series earned her a Critics Choice Television Award, a Primetime Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.

The 49-year-old celebrity has been cast in two movies this May: The Fall Guy with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt and the animated film Garfield. She will also be in Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part Two, scheduled for a 2025 release.

Deck of the sun princess cruise ship featuring swimming pools, lounging areas, and waterslides under a partly cloudy sky.

Waddingham is also an accomplished stage actress. Her impressive 4-octave vocal range has landed her roles in Broadway and London’s West End.

As godmother to the Sun Princess, Waddingham joins a notable list of cruise ship godparents. It includes the likes of Princess Diana (Royal Princess, 1984), Kate Middleton (Royal Princess, 2013), Sophia Loren (Crown Princess, 1990),  Audrey Hepburn (Star Princess, 1989), and Martha Stewart (Crown Princess, 2006).

Sun Princess’ Christening Ceremony in April

Sun Princess at Kusadasi
(Photo Courtesy of Doug Parker / Cruise Radio)

The Sun Princess will be christened this April 23 at the Port of Barcelona during a 10-day roundtrip sailing from Civitavecchia. The ship will call on Mediterranean ports like Cartagena, Gibraltar, Genoa, and Marseille during the voyage.

Weighing 177,882 tons, the 4,300-passenger Sun Princess entered service last February as the first Sphere-class vessel. It boasts spacious amenities, breathtaking views, and unique venues like The Dome, a glass-enclosed area with a pool that transforms into a stage in the evening.

The vessel houses 30 bars and restaurants, the cruise line’s largest casino, a 3-story dining area, a family activity zone, 1,500 staterooms with balconies, and a shopping experience with 200 premium brands.

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