Deshauna Barber, Miss USA, has recently been appointed the godmother of Carnival Vista; Carnival Cruise’s largest and newest ship. Barber is no stranger to history-making moves such as this one, as when she was named Miss USA earlier in 2016, she became the first woman in the pageant’s history to win the title and be serving in the military.
In other related news, the Miss USA winner will get to name the 133,500-ton ship officially when a ceremony will be held during an overnight ‘Operation Homefront’ gala. The event will also showcase a concert by the Grammy-award winning country artist, Carrie Underwood; which is said to be an exclusive event where invitation-only guests can attend. The Operation Homefront gala will provide an array of festivities, including an overnight stay, meals, entertainment, and a variety of activities for hundreds of military officers and their families.
TravelPress reported that Carnival’s Operation Homefront event is the grand finale to a year-long celebration spearheaded by the company entitled “Honor. Family. Fun.” The goal of the initiative was to raise funds for Operation Homefront to support the organization to meet its goal of creating secure, stable, and strong military families.
Christine Duffy, Carnival President chimed in on this announcement stating that Barber is the best candidate to become Carnival Vista’s godmother. She continued, stating that the Miss USA winner embodies the sacrifice and commitment of those who protect this country’s freedom daily. Duffy also stated that the company is a long-time supporter of the U.S. military, and noted that it is Carnival’s privilege and honour to have Barber act as the godmother to their largest and newest ship on the line.
Speaking of, as Carnival’s newest ship, Vista has announced a variety ground-breaking ‘firsts’ on the vessel, which include: the first IMAX theatre to hit the sea, the first brewery within a North American-based cruise ship, a water park showcasing a Kaleid-o-slide that is 455 feet long, SkyRide – essentially a bike ride in the sky, the Family Harbor – which are staterooms that have been specifically developed for families, plus so much more.
Right now, Vista is sailing its first voyage season across Europe. It will come back to the United States in November, where it will take off once again for two eleven-day excursions; docking from New York. Later that month, Vista will be off for six and eight-day Caribbean year-round cruises, sailing from Miami.