Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Jake Elliott, kicker for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, and Queen Latifah, Grammy-award winning musical artist and godmother of the new Carnival Horizon, will face off in a special edition of Lip Sync Battle as part of the ship’s naming ceremony.
The invitation-only event, which will take place in New York City on May 23, will celebrate the ship’s U.S. arrival and benefit one of Carnival’s primary charitable partners, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, based in Elliott’s "adopted hometown" of Memphis, Tennessee.
Part of the line’s reproduction of the Paramount Network series, Lip Sync Battle: Horizon will have Elliott and Latifah give their performances of today’s pop hits, accompanied by Carnival Horizon’s Playlist Productions cast, in front of a crowd in the ship’s Liquid Lounge.
Carnival Horizon’s naming ceremony will also feature a check presentation to St. Jude with monies raised via various activities leading up to the event. Carnival will also unveil custom-designed artwork created by 33 St. Jude patients that will appear on the “Dreamscape,” a three-deck-high LED sculpture that takes center stage in the ship’s atrium.
Carnival Horizon will operate a summer schedule from New York May through September then launch year-round Caribbean cruises from Miami later that month.
Carnival Horizon introduces a number of new facilities, including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse with BBQ favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri as well as the first Dr. Seuss-themed water park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Other highlights include a bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide and an IMAX Theatre, along with a wide range of accommodations categories and several food and beverage outlets offering indoor and al fresco experiences.
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