Princess Cruises has announced that Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, will be the Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors for the cruise line in China and will officially name the new Majestic Princess.
The ceremony and official naming will take place on board Majestic Princess in Shanghai on 09 July 2017, as the culmination of weeks of celebrations. The celebrations will uphold maritime traditions as well as featuring traditional Chinese, contemporary Chinese and western-inspired cultural performances.
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 one of the world’s best-known athletes and global ambassador for basketball.
The couple also established The Yao Foundation is response to the devastation 8.0 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China in 2008.
Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises, said: “It is a great honour 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. 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, said: “We are honoured to serve as the Inaugural Cruise Ambassadors for Princess Cruises and officially name the new Majestic Princess. 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.”