Royal Caribbean turns to TikTok to find the Wonder's godmother: Travel Weekly

Royal Caribbean International will hold a contest on TikTok to select an inspiring mom to be godmother of its newest ship, the Wonder of the Seas.

U.S. users of the social media platform can take part in the #SearchForWonderMom contest by nominating a mom who “inspires those around them to discover, wonder and make memories.” Users must follow @RoyalCaribbean on TikTok and post submissions on TikTok that share why their nominee would be the ideal godmother for the ship. Uploaded videos must use Royal Caribbean’s #SearchforWonderMom contest audio track, which is pinned on the cruise line’s profile, and entries must tag @RoyalCaribbean and include #SearchForWonderMom and #Contest.

Nominations can be made through May 16, and the winner will be announced on Royal Caribbean’s TikTok this summer. The chosen godmother will name the ship in a ceremony in Port Canaveral in December.

“The role of a godmother is an important and longstanding maritime tradition, and it began with naming prominent public figures to now recognizing everyday heroes like moms,” Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said in announcing the contest.

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Royal Caribbean has allowed the public to help select ship godmothers via contests several times. The Harmony of the Seas was named by a South Florida teacher nominated by the public. In 2006, a foster mother was chosen by “Today” show viewers as part of a contest to find an extraordinary, “everyday” person to be godmother to the Freedom of the Seas. The Liberty of the Seas was named by a travel advisor who was nominated by consumers and other agents, and its sister ship, the Independence of the Seas, was christened by an “ordinary British woman who has done extraordinary things,” chosen via a contest with viewers of a U.K. television station.

The Wonder’s godmother and her family will be given a seven-day Caribbean sailing in the ship’s Ultimate Family Suite, first-class flights, a three-night, precruise stay in a five-star hotel and up to $1,000 in spending money. Four finalists will be offered seven-day cruises in a balcony cabin for up to four guests.

“With a combination of brand-new adventures and signature favorites across entertainment, thrills, dining and nightlife, Wonder of the Seas is designed to inspire wonder and awe in children and travelers of all ages,” Bayley said. “Moms do just that and more, day in and day out.”

The Wonder launched from Port Everglades in March and is spending the summer offering cruises from Barcelona. In, November, the Wonder returns stateside to its year-round home, Port Canaveral, where it will sail seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

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