Queen Latifah Christens Carnival Horizon in New York City

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Award-winning singer and actress Queen Latifah christened Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon, in a naming ceremony in New York City on May 23rd. The ceremony also showcased artwork of the young children from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital whose art decorates the Dreamscape – a beautiful three-deck-high LED sculpture in the ship’s atrium.

Long shot of Carnival Horizon sailing in deep blue water toward a green island

Following the ceremony, Queen Latifah took on Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champion Jake Elliott in a lip sync battle – modeled after the hit TV show. Latifah performed a fantastic rendition of “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls while Elliott rocked out to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again”.

Queen Latifah may have won the lip sync battle but it was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who was the real winner of the day. St. Jude received a $100,000 donation from Carnival Cruise Line, which raised the money from various fundraisers – both onboard and ashore. This is the latest donation in Carnival’s eight-year history of support for St. Jude, during which more than $16 million has been raised.

“Carnival Horizon’s naming ceremony was one of our best yet, with Queen Latifah carrying out her duties as godmother then battling it out with Super Bowl champion Jake Elliott of my hometown Philadelphia Eagles in an entertaining Lip Sync Battle,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “We were also delighted to showcase the wonderfully talented children from St. Jude whose artwork on the Dreamscape will be forever associated with this spectacular ship,” she added.

Queen Latifah added, “My time aboard Carnival Horizon was nothing short of incredible.  In addition to having the honor of serving as the ship’s godmother, meeting the amazing kids from St. Jude and their families and squaring off against Jake in an all-out Lip Sync Battle is certainly something I will always cherish.”

Carnival Horizon is the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet and introduces several innovations, including the Dr. Seuss water park, a new Teppanyaki venue, and the Smokehouse | Brewhouse – which combines BBQ favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri with four craft beers brewed right on board.

Dr Seuss Waterpark on Carnival Horizon

In addition, as the second ship in the Vista-class, Carnival Horizon also features the SkyRide, IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with a Cuba-themed bar and pool, and the Family Harbor with spacious staterooms and the Family Harbor Lounge.

Carnival Horizon is currently kicking off her summer schedule from NYC with a 4-day cruise to Bermuda. She will then sail 4-day Bermuda and 8-day Caribbean sailings from NYC through September. Afterwards, she will reposition to Miami for year-round 6- and 8-day Caribbean cruises beginning later in September 2018.

For more information about upcoming Carnival Horizon sailings, and all other Carnival cruises, call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our friendly cruise consultants.

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