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Angela Rippon to christen Columbus

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced that Angela Rippon will be the godmother to its new flagship Columbus.

Rippon, a former newsreader and presenter of Top Gear, will name the ship during a ceremony at Tilbury on June 8.

“With a broadcast career of fifty years and counting, Angela Rippon CBE is one of the most recognisable British journalists around and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to charity work in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia,” said Chris Coates, CMV’s commercial director. “We are all thrilled here at CMV that this lovely lady is going to be the godmother of Columbus and will be naming our new flagship which is also a new cruise ship for Britain. Columbus has an exciting year ahead as she sails to Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean and at the start of 2018 in true tradition of her name sake will set off round the world.”

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