July 9 Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Shanghai will Celebrate Arrival at Asia Homeport
SHANGHAI, China (June 21, 2017) – Princess
the world's largest international premium cruise line announced today that Yao
Ming and his wife, Ye Li, will serve as Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors for
Princess Cruises in China and officially name the new Majestic
during a ceremony and gala celebration.
The inaugural festivities will take place
aboard Majestic Princess in Shanghai on July 9, as the culmination of weeks of
celebrations, upholding maritime traditions, as well as featuring traditional
Chinese, contemporary Chinese, and western-inspired cultural performances that
took place between Rome and Xiamen.
"It is a great honor that Yao Ming and Ye Li
have graciously accepted our invitation to officially name Majestic Princess
and serve as the Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors at our celebration welcoming our
newest ship to China," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "Yao Ming
is globally recognized for his success in China and the United States, truly
embodying the ‘East meets West' spirit of our international cruise line."
Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, were both born
in Shanghai and were both team members of China's national basketball teams.
Yao Ming is an icon, one of the world's best-known athletes, a global
ambassador of basketball, an eight-time NBA All-Star, and most recently, an
inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame.
The couple has established The Yao Foundation
in response to the devastating 8.0 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China in
2008. The Yao Foundation funded the construction of 23 schools in the
region, Yao Foundation Hope Primary Schools, and is currently focused on
helping provide sports education to the youth generation in the countryside
regions of China with the implementation of "Yao Foundation Hope Primary School
Basketball Season" projects. They help to select volunteers to support
sports education and basketball training, organize basketball leagues for the
rural primary schools to help more students learn the team sport and understand
the importance of growing up with fitness and good health. This year will be
the 10th year for "Yao Foundation Charity event." It has become the
biggest, the longest and most influential sports charity event in China. In
2017, Yao Foundation Charity event tournament will begin on July 30 in Hong
"We are honored to serve as the Inaugural
Cruise Ambassadors for Princess Cruises and officially name the new Majestic
Princess," said Yao Ming. "I'm inspired that Princess Cruises also cares so
deeply about youth development in China and appreciate their support of our
foundation. We look forward to enjoying a future vacation aboard Majestic
Princess, China's newest cruise ship."
Majestic Princess promises the ultimate
cruise vacation for Chinese travelers, offering Princess Cruises' renowned
warm, welcoming, international service – now enhanced for Chinese travelers'
satisfaction. The new cruise ship also features two specialty dinner menus by
Michelin star-awarded chefs at Harmony and La Mer, "Fantastic Journey," the
most technologically-advanced, immersive musical and cinematic production show
at sea, and the Princess Luxury Bed developed with board-of-medicine certified
sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus.
Princess Cruises is also debuting "Camp
Discovery" – an interactive family enrichment program developed in part by
Discovery Communications, California Science Center, and educators from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University – that is
designed to foster creativity and initiate a love for learning that prepares
children to better navigate their education and development at early learning
Majestic Princess is currently sailing on her
"Silk Road Sea Route" – a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai, retracing the
ancient Chinese maritime Silk Road trade route. During the voyage, she will
have visited a total of 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore,
Port Klang, and Xiamen before her arrival at Shanghai Wusongkou International
Cruise Terminal. Majestic Princess will begin her first homeport season in
Shanghai on July 11.
In 2018, two 14-day
Grand Asia voyage sailings between Shanghai and Singapore, will be available to
guests throughout the world on Majestic Princess. These sailings will visit
Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, including spending more time ashore
on the late night call in Hong Kong. The first voyage departs Shanghai on
February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on March 11, 2018.
Princess Cruises will also call Australia
home from September 2018 to March 2019. Majestic Princess will sail itineraries
from Sydney and Auckland on voyages from 6 to 13 days in length, and will call
in ports at destinations including New Zealand, Tasmania, Fiji and other
islands in the South Pacific.
information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel
agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at princess.com.
One of the
best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries two million guests
each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150
itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
The Yao Foundation:
The Yao Foundation is a specialized fund
established in 2008 by Yao Ming under the auspices of the China Youth
Development Foundation (CYDF) and aims at promoting the all-around development
of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their
education, sports skills, health and self-esteem. The Yao Foundation has
donated and constructed 22 hope primary schools and one special care school in
rural areas in China, which have been beneficial to more than 10,000 children.
"The Yao Foundation Charity Game" and "The Yao Foundation Hope Primary School
Basketball Season" are the two major charity projects of the Yao Foundation,
providing more than 510,000 children in China's rural areas the opportunities
to experience the attraction of basketball.
media information is available at princess.com/news.
For further information contact:
Brea Burkholz, 661-753-1542, firstname.lastname@example.org