Jennifer Hudson was on deck -- literally -- when the new Disney Dream ship officially became a part of the Disney Cruise Line family on Jan. 19. The Academy Award and Grammy Award winning powerhouse took on the title of the ship's "Godmother" and joined Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs at the official christening ceremony in Port Canaveral Florida.
Hudson, who is known for her scene-stealing role in the movie remake of 'Dreamgirls' and her show-stopping performance on 'American Idol,' was a perfect choice for the job; the ubiquitious Weight Watchers spokeswoman could be the only celebrity who honed their craft on an actual Disney cruise ship. Prior to winning audiences over on 'Idol,' the Chicago native worked as a performer on the Disney Wonder ship in 2003.
An estimated 3,000 people were gathered at the Disney Dream for the christening ceremony where a helicopter hoisted a 16-foot "champagne bottle" across the bow of the Disney Dream (video below).