Lin Arison, the wife of Carnival Cruise Lines’ late founder Ted Arison, is reported to be set to christen Carnival Sunshine following a recent £100 million renovation.
Arison, a noted philanthropist, arts education advocate, author and producer, will rename the former Carnival Destiny during an onboard ceremony at her New Orleans homeport on 17 November.
Arison said, “Carnival Sunshine holds a special place in my heart and I am honoured to serve as godmother,” with Ariston also naming the ship as Carnival Destiny in 1996.
She also christened the line’s first ship Mardis Gras in 1972 and Holiday in 1985, making her the only person to serve as godmother to three Carnival ships.
Carnival will also donate US$25,000 to both the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation and New World Symphony, which were founded by Ted and Lin Arison to support emerging artists and musicians.
Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO, 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 endeavors made her the perfect choice.”