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Atlas Ocean Voyages reveals godmothers for its two ships

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Adventurer Karen Lundgren, left, and Cruise Planners' Theresa Scalzitti
World adventurer Karen Lundgren and Theresa Scalzitti, chief sales officer for Florida-based Cruise Planners, will serve as godmothers for World Navigator and World Traveller.

The twin vessels will be named in a dual ceremony Nov. 20 at the massive Garibaldi Glacier as part of an invitation-only preview cruise to Chilean Patagonia.

'Karen is a fearless world traveler and Theresa is among the most respected professionals in the travel industry today,' said James Rodriguez, Atlas Ocean Voyages president and CEO.

Karen Lundgren

World Navigator, which entered service in August 2021, was not officially named due to COVID-19 precautions. Its godmother is Lundgren, an intrepid explorer and adventurer who is only the 13th woman in the world to conquer the Seven Summits +1, which includes the highest mountain peaks on each continent.

'You can imagine my surprise when I discovered where World Navigator cruises to,' Lundgren said. 'I have personally been to many exotic and remote destinations and it’s exciting to know that curious travelers can explore many of the same places on this wonderful ship.'

Theresa Scalzitti

Scalzitti, godmother for the newly delivered World Traveller, has championed travel advisors on both the supplier and agency sides of the industry for nearly three decades. She currently heads sales, marketing and business development at Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest homebased travel franchise organization.

'I am proud to represent the Cruise Planners network of highly distinguished advisors as well as the many women in travel who, like the ship’s officers, staff and crew, distinguish themselves daily by providing the very best in personalized service,' Scalzitti said.

Both vessels are Polar Category C- and Ice Class 1B-certified and will be operating in Antarctica this season.