Carnival Sunrise Officially Named By Godmother Kelly Arison Post-Refurb

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Carnival Sunrise godmother Kelly Arison (left) and the ship's Captain Isidoro Renda.

Following its US$200 million dry dock, the transformed Carnival Sunrise  was officially named today by godmother Kelly Arison – daughter of Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine – in a ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City.

As part of a fleetwide $2 billion ship enhancement program, Carnival Sunrise features all of Carnival’s popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations with new offerings including:


  • Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and long-time partner Guy Fieri
  • The Chef’s Table fine dining experience
  • Cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • SportSquare recreation area
  • Serenity adults-only retreat

Carnival Sunrise will spend the summer in New York operating four- to 14-day voyages before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, FL for a winter schedule of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises beginning in OCT. The ship then heads back to New York for another season of cruises beginning in spring 2020.

As a Carnival godmother, Kelly Arison carries on a family tradition – her mother, Madeleine was godmother to the ship when it first entered service in 1999, and her grandmother Lin Arison served as godmother to Carnival Sunrise’s sister ship, Carnival Sunshine, in 2013.

 “To be a part of Carnival Sunrise’s official naming is more than I could have ever imagined and an experience I’ll never forget,” said Kelly Arison. “The ship is absolutely beautiful, and I’m so honoured to not only carry on my family’s legacy as godmother but to also use this opportunity to raise awareness for a well-deserving organization, the Ehlers-Danlos Society.”

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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