Carnival cruise history has come full circle with the naming of Lin Arison as godmother of the Carnival Sunshine.
Wife of the late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, Lin Arison will officially name the Carnival Sunshine during a ceremony at the ship’s new U.S. Homeport of New Orleans on Nov. 17.
The former Carnival Destiny, the Carnival Sunshine was renamed following a massive $155 million makeover of the 102,853-ton ship earlier this year.
As part of the naming celebration, Carnival will donate $25,000 each to the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony.
“Carnival Sunshine holds a special place in my heart, and I am honored to serve as godmother,” said Arison.
Lin Arison’s history with Carnival Cruise Lines stretches back to the company’s beginnings in 1972 when she named Mardi Gras, the line’s first ship.
Lin Arison also served as godmother to Carnival Destiny when it entered service in 1996. At that time, Destiny was the world’s largest cruise ship. Having also named the Holiday in 1985, Lin Arison is the only person to be godmother to three Carnival ships.
A life-long supporter of the arts, Lin Arison was awarded 2012 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate.
“Carnival Sunshine’s transformation was nothing short of spectacular and we wanted someone as special as Lin, who has a deep connection with Carnival Cruise Lines, to serve as godmother,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
“Providing families with a memorable vacation experience is at the heart of our success and Lin’s passion for fostering the artistic development of youth through her charitable endeavors made her the perfect choice,” Cahill said.
The new Carnival Sunshine will make its North American debut with a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises from New Orleans November 2013 through March 2014.
The ship transformation has introduced a host of on-board innovations, including a variety of dining, bar and entertainment options that are part of the Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program.
Carnival Sunshine’s many innovations include exciting top-deck attractions such as the SportSquare recreation area, a spectacular three-level Serenity adults-only retreat, and the WaterWorks water park featuring the longest slide in the “Fun Ship” fleet, as well as a wide range of engaging bars, including the RedFrog Pub, Havana Bar, EA Sports Bar, and the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar.
Among the ship’s many dining options are Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, the line’s first full-service Asian restaurant, as well as the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, BlueIguana Cantina, and Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri.
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