Vanna White named as godmother for Carnival Panorama

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Carnival Cruise Line has named popular television hostess Vanna White, best known for her appearance on the game show Wheel of Fortune, as godmother for the new Carnival Panorama during the ship’s upcoming naming ceremony.

“Vanna has been that welcoming face, cheering on and watching over Wheel of Fortune contestants for decades, and we love the fact that Vanna will be doing the same for Carnival Panorama, her guests and crew, as the ship’s godmother,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Every night, millions of Americans welcome Vanna into their homes. She is beloved. What other game show hostess has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame? And she’s got the most famous wardrobe on television!”

Over the course of her 37 years on Wheel of Fortune, White has appeared in more than 7,000 episodes, cheering on contestants in a dazzling new outfit each night. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native has also turned her passion for crocheting into a force for good by helping raise funds for children in need with her own line of yarn called Vanna’s Choice. A portion of the proceeds from the sales are donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, of which Carnival is also a long-time supporter.

Vanna White and her Wheel of Fortune colleague Pat Sajak have both been on board Carnival cruises to tape segments for Wheel of Fortune, as part of several successful cross-promotions between the brands over the years.

“Carnival Cruise Line has been delivering fun and memorable vacations while taking great care of their guests for almost 50 years, and it is such an honour to be asked to be a part of the celebration of their newest ship coming to California,” said White. “There is always so much excitement whenever we give away a Carnival cruise on the show. I can’t wait to see the ship and to meet the crew in December.”

Carnival Panorama left the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on 1 November 2019 and is en route to Long Beach for her naming ceremony on 10 December, with her inaugural sailing planned for 11 December.

The vessel is the first new ship Carnival has deployed to the West Coast in 20 years, and is the third in Carnival’s popular Vista Class, joining her sister ships Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.

Following an inaugural three-day cruise, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera service from Long Beach, California, on 14 December, departing every Saturday on week-long voyages to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

The ship features a number of innovations including the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea as well as a first-in-fleet culinary studio where guests can participate in hands-on cooking classes, tastings and other food-related activities hosted by the ship’s chefs.

Carnival Panorama also offers a WaterWorks aqua park, Sky Ride, the popular bike in the sky with breathtaking views, a suspended ropes course and dining venues like Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse with barbecue favourites from Food Network star and Carnival partner Guy Fieri, along with craft beers brewed on board.

A wide range of staterooms choices include spa staterooms with exclusive privileges at the Cloud 9 Spa, extra-spacious staterooms in Family Harbor and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms with access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

Images: Carnival Cruise Line

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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