MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Vanna White has been named godmother of its new Carnival Panorama.
The longstanding hostess of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ will help launch the ship at its naming ceremony in Long Beach, California on Dec. 10. The Panorama will then sail on its inaugural voyage on Dec. 11 as the first new Carnival ship to be deployed to the West Coast in 20 years.
On White’s appointment, Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “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.”
White says that she can’t wait to see the ship and to meet the crew next month. “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.”
Both White and her colleague Pat Sajak are familiar faces onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s ships. The ‘Wheel of Fortune’ slot machines are popular attractions in the casinos across the Carnival fleet, and both White and Sajak have been onboard to tape segments for the show as part of several cross-promotions between the two brands over the years.
Onboard the new Panorama, guests will also find the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea, as well as a first-in-fleet culinary studio where they can participate in hands-on cooking classes and tastings hosted by the ship’s chefs. There’s also a WaterWorks aqua park, the Sky Ride, a suspended ropes course and various dining venues like Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse with dishes from Food Network star Guy Fieri.
A wide range of staterooms are available as well, including spa staterooms with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra spacious staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms with access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.
Following its inaugural three-day cruise, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera service from Long Beach, California on Dec. 14, departing every Saturday on week-long voyages to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.