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Applause for the godmothers (five ships, between two women)

(Photo: Anne Kalosh)
Prolific godmothers - Kathie Lee Gifford, third from left, and Madeleine Arison, fourth from left, acknowledged at Carnival Vista naming
Between them, Madeleine Arison and Kathie Lee Gifford are the godmothers of five cruise ships—or six, counting the renaming of one of the vessels.

Madeleine Arison, the wife of Carnival Corp. & plc chairman Micky Arison, served as godmother for Tropicale (1982), Ryndam (1994) and Carnival Triumph (1999). She also presided over Tropicale's renaming as Costa Tropicale (2001).

Kathie Lee Gifford was the godmother of Celebration (1987) and Ecstasy (1991).

Arison and Gifford hung out during the naming festivities for Carnival Vista in New York on Friday, where Gifford got lots of attention from attendees and was acknowledged by Carnival president Christine Duffy.

Gifford was Carnival Cruise Line's original spokesperson and the face of the brand for many years, appearing in the cruise industry's first national television campaign singing the the catchy 'If You Could See Me Now' and 'Ain’t We Got Fun?' ads.

Gifford's GIFF Wine Collection has been featured on Carnival Cruise Line ships since 2015.