Carnival Magic Christened In Venice

Carnival Cruise Lines has christened its newest ship, the 130,000-GRT Carnival Magic, with an upbeat ceremony kicked off by a flashy fireworks-infused dance performance and the appearance of the line’s President and CEO Gerry Cahill in a helicopter on stage. The festivities in Venice also included a blessing of the 100th ship for cruise giant Carnival Corporation & PLC by a priest from a church in the vicinity and a speech by Captain Giovanni Cutugno.

 

The ceremony also served to shine the spotlight on Carnival Cruise Lines’ contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for pediatric cancer. Lindsey Wilkerson, a childhood cancer survivor and ambassador for the hospital, served as the ship’s godmother and gave a speech to the assembled audience in the theater before pressing the red button to release the champagne bottle against the vessel’s hull. Carnival’s senior cruise director John Heald also presented Ms. Wilkerson with an additional USD 50,000 cheque for St. Jude in her honour.

 

Carrying 3,646 guests, the Carnival Magic boasts several features new to the line in addition to its signature accommodation and facilities. New dining highlights include the RedFrog Pub with its “ThirstyFrog Red” house brew and the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, while the SportSquare is an expansive sports deck with the first-ever outdoor ropes course and fitness area at sea in addition to miniature golf, a multi-purpose basketball, football and volleyball court, table tennis and foosball tables.

 

The ship is currently sailing its 9-day inaugural voyage around Italy to the Spanish port of Barcelona, where she will operate a series of 7- to 12-day Mediterranean itineraries until mid-October 2011. Carnival Magic then repositions across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA, homeporting in Galveston cruising 7-day Caribbean voyages year-round.

 

For more information, visit www.carnival.com.

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