Kelly Arison to Serve as Godmother for Carnival Sunrise

Courtesy of Carnival Sunrise
Kelly Arison // Courtesy of Carnival

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Kelly Arison—daughter of Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine—will serve as godmother for Carnival Sunrise at an invitation-only ceremony in New York on May 23. 

Arison will step into the godmother role previously held by her mother when the ship first entered service as Carnival Triumph, in 1999. Her grandmother Lin Arison served as godmother to Carnival Sunrise’s sister ship, Carnival Sunshine, in 2013.

Carnival Sunrise’s naming ceremony will occur aboard the ship at the Manhattan Cruise Passenger Terminal. The event will serve to increase awareness of the work of the Ehlers-Danlos Society, an organization dedicated to serving those with joint hypermobility spectrum disorders, of which Arison is a strong advocate. Carnival will be donating to the Ehlers-Danlos Society during the ceremony.

Carnival Sunrise’s inaugural season includes four- to 14-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia and New York to Bermuda, Canada and the Caribbean through September. The ship will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of Caribbean and Bahamian voyages beginning in October 2019 before heading back to New York in spring 2020.

Amenities on Carnival Sunrise include open-air attractions like a new WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare featuring a suspended ropes course. New dining offerings include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and the Caribbean-themed Red Frog Pub.

All the ship’s staterooms have been upgraded with island-inspired interiors featuring bright colors and soothing pastels—inspired by the line’s Caribbean itineraries, along with new choices such as Captain’s Suites next to the navigational bridge providing floor-to-ceiling windows and extended balcony grand suites.   

In other Carnival Cruise Line news, the company recently jump-started a year-long promotional campaign to assist travel agents in getting new clients, called “WUATA – Why Use a Travel Advisor.” Parts of the initiative include social media posts and WUATA Parties in specific cities.

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