Carnival Sunshine to be named by godmother Lin Arison

Carnival Sunshine to be named by godmother Lin Arison

The wife of late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, will serve as godmother of Carnival Sunshine.

Lin Arison will officially name the ship, formerly Carnival Destiny, during a ceremony to be held in its new homeport of New Orleans on November 17.

The ship was recently renamed following a massive £100 million makeover earlier this year.

During the naming ceremony, Carnival will donate $25,000 both the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation and New World Symphony.

Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and chief executive, said: "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.

"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 endeavours made her the perfect choice."

Arison said she was honoured to serve as godmother. She named the line's first ship Mardi Gras in 1972, and also served as godmother to Carnival Destiny.

Last year she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate.

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