Carnival Cruise line has announced the godmother for the Carnival Sunrise cruise ship which is currently undergoing a huge transformation from Carnival Triumph.
Carnival Sunrise Godmother
The name Carnival Triumph will be no more as the Carnival cruise ship is currently being transformed into the new Carnival Sunrise. The cruise line has announced Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and wife Madeleine’s daughter Kelly Arison as the godmother of the totally overhauled ship.
Kelly will become the center of Carnival Sunrise’s naming ceremony which will take place at the Manhattan Cruise Passenger Terminal in New York on May 23. The invitation-only event is set to serve as a platform for awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Society which Kelly Arison is a strong advocate of. The organization helps those with joint hypermobility and Carnival will be making a donation during the ceremony.
Kelly Arison said:
“It is truly an honor to carry on my family’s cherished tradition and join the esteemed women who have so admirably carried out their role as a Carnival godmother over the years.”
“This ceremony will not only serve as an exciting and memorable way to officially introduce the spectacular Carnival Sunrise to the Carnival fleet but also raise awareness of an organization very near and dear to my heart, the Ehlers-Danlos Society.”
Naming Kelly as the godmother comes as a tradition when it comes to this class of vessel. Her mother took the role for when Carnival Triumph was named in 1999 and grandmother Lin Arison served as godmother for Carnival Sunshine which is the sister ship and formerly known as Carnival Destiny.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:
“Carnival Cruise Line is proud and delighted that Kelly will serve in this role as she officially names Carnival Sunrise.”
“And given the family ties to this ship in particular, we are planning to include some special guests that mean a lot to the Arison family and have played an important part in the history of Carnival Cruise Line.”
The newly transformed cruise ship will debut with cruises out of Norfolk, Virginia starting on April 29, 2019. The inaugural season will also include cruises from New York and the ship will sail a range of four-day to 14-day itineraries between the two homeports.
In October 2019 Carnival Sunrise will be based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas. She will then reposition back to New York in Spring 2020.
Carnival Sunrise is 101,509 gross tons and the dry dock transformation is taking place in Cadiz, Spain. It hasn’t all gone smoothly at the shipyard and you can read more about that here.