Carnival Cruise Line Names Godfather of Italian-Style Ship Carnival Firenze

Carnival Cruise Line has announced the godfather of its latest 'Carnival Fun Italian Style' ship, Carnival Firenze.

Carnival Firenze Officially Joins Carnival Cruise Line Fleet

Carnival Cruise Line has announced that actor Jonathan Bennett has been named godfather of its ship Carnival Firenze, which is the second vessel in the fleet with the ‘Carnival Fun Italian Style’ theme.

The Florence, Italy-inspired ship will homeport in Long Beach, California, where it will be christened on April 24th and set sail on April 25th.

Carnival Firenze Officially Joins Carnival Cruise Line Fleet

“Jonathan is a true brand ambassador for Carnival.  He cruises with us, honeymooned with us and tells his friends and family to vacation with Carnival.  He is friendly and welcoming to everyone and embodies the Carnival style of fun.  After he sailed on the first voyage of Carnival Firenze’s sister ship Carnival Venezia last May, he told me it would be his dream to be the godfather of one of our ships, so how could I turn down such a request for such a terrific friend to Carnival,” said Duffy.

“While he’s not Italian, he is proof positive that anyone can have Italian Style fun when you sail on our Italian-themed ships, and we are thrilled to have him help us welcome our newest addition to the Carnival fleet.”

About Jonathan Bennett

Following his first professional acting role on the soap opera “All My Children,” Bennett appeared in a number of TV series before his breakout role as Aaron Samuels in the movie “Mean Girls.” He has gone on to star in multiple feature films, Hallmark Channel movies, and hosted programs for the Food Network. He’s also the host for the New York Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration where Carnival has sponsored the ball drop for the past three years.  He is currently completing his first Broadway appearance in the hit revival of the musical, “Spamalot.”

jonathan bennett carnival firenze godfather
(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

“This is an amazing honor and I’m so proud to know that I’ll always be a part of the Carnival Firenze family,” said Bennett. “When I told Christine that I’d love to be a Carnival cruise ship godfather, I never thought she’d take my request seriously. I have so much respect for the Carnival team and how they’re dedicated to taking care of their guests, the ocean and each other. When I say Carnival is a great company and a great way to vacation, I mean it! I’m so excited to not only be the ship’s godfather, but to also get to cruise on Carnival Firenze as a guest now that Carnival fun Italian style is coming to the west coast.”

Bennett will officially christen Carnival Firenze during the naming ceremony on April 24th. It will be livestreamed on Carnival’s Facebook page.

Carnival Firenze will sail year-round from Long Beach, offering three to seven-day Baja Mexico and Mexican Riviera cruises.


Are you happy with Carnival’s godfather choice for Firenze? Are you planning to sail Carnival Firenze out of Long Beach? Drop us an anchor below and let us know your thoughts!

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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