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Vanna White christens Carnival Panorama

The arrival of Carnival Panorama – the line’s first new ship on the west coast the United States in 20 years – has been celebrated in true Carnival Cruise Line fashion.

With Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White serving as godmother, she officially named the ship during a memorable ceremony on board.

White delivered poignant comments during which she spoke about her love of cruising and the commitment she shares with Carnival to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as well as the cruise line’s relationship with Wheel of Fortune, which she has co-hosted for the past 37 years.

Then, in a nod to her role on Wheel of Fortune, White turned a series of letters spelling out ‘Panorama’ that triggered the release of a bottle of Moet champagne to officially name the ship.

“I’m incredibly flattered and honoured to be the godmother of this ship.” said White.

“Naming Carnival Panorama was truly a special moment, and one I will never forget. I look forward to sailing on her in the future.”

The festivities also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Carnival Kitchen, a first-in-fleet culinary centre that offers more than 15 different interactive cooking, baking and decorating demonstrations.