Lin Arison, wife of Carnival Cruise Lines founder Ted Arison, has been named as the Godmother for the Carnival Sunshine during an official naming ceremony scheduled to be held on November 17.
Formerly the Carnival Destiny, the Carnival Sunshine was renamed earlier this year after an extensive £100m makeover.
Carnival president and chief executive Gerry Cahill said of the decision: “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.”
During the naming ceremony, to be held in what will be Carnival Sunshine’s home port, New Orleans, the cruise line will donate $25,000 to the New World Symphony and the National YoungArts Foundation. Lin Arison has a history of involvement with arts and young people, having been awarded the National medal of Arts by US President Barack Obama for her arts education advocacy and philanthropic contributions.
It’s not the first time Arison has been a godmother for the line, as she named Carnival’s very first ship, Mardi Gras in 1972 and the Carnival Destiny in 1996.
The refit of the vessel, which in her original incarnation was the first passenger ship ever built to be over 100,000 tons, is the line’s most extensive refit undertaking and includes the introduction of a racing-themed waterpark, the Sunshine Atrium and new back-up generator systems.
By Simon Brotherton