Vanna White Named Godmother For Carnival Panorama

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Carnival Cruise Line has selected Vanna White, one of the most popular television hostesses ever, as godmother for Carnival Panorama when she is officially named during its ceremony in Long Beach, on 10DEC.

“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 and dazzling in a new outfit each night. She says she is honoured by the nomination to act as ship godmother.

“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 departed from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on 1NOC, and is en route to Long Beach for her naming ceremony on 10DEC and inaugural sailing 11DEC.  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.

Vanna and her colleague Pat Sajak are no strangers to Carnival Cruise Line.  The Wheel of Fortune slot machines are popular attractions in the casinos across the Carnival fleet, the line says, and the pair have been on board to tape segments for Wheel of Fortune as part of several successful cross-promotions between the brands over the years. 

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.