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Cassidy Gifford, Kathie Lee's daughter, is Carnival Celebration godmother

Cassidy Gifford with her mom Kathie Lee Gifford, who named the original Carnival Celebration in 1987
Actress Cassidy Gifford will serve as the godmother for Carnival Celebration, following mom Kathie Lee Gifford who named the original Carnival Celebration in 1987.

The new ship is scheduled to be named Nov. 20 at PortMiami's newly redesigned Terminal F.

Kathie Lee Gifford also served as Carnival Cruise Line's spokesperson in the company's groundbreaking television campaigns going back to the 1980s, which were cruising's first network broadcasting advertisements. She enthusiastically sang the catchy 'If they could see us now, out on a Fun Ship cruise!'

She is a four-time Emmy Award-winning television personality.

Family cruises

Cassidy sailed on Carnival as an infant and has many childhood memories of Fun Ship vacations with her mother and her father, the late Frank Gifford, an NFL and sports broadcasting legend.

'Carnival Cruise Line has been a huge part of our family with my earliest memories taking family trips on Carnival ships,' Cassidy Gifford said. 'And now to be asked to be godmother of the namesake ship to the one my mom christened is truly an honor and a blessing.'

Spokesperson for nearly 20 years

'I was Carnival's spokesperson for nearly 20 years starting in 1984, a time when I got married and had my children. They joined me on many television shoots on Carnival ships, so we have so many great memories,' Kathie Lee Gifford said.

Cassidy has been acting from a young age and is best known for her work in 'God's Not Dead' and Warner Brothers' 'The Gallows.' She has appeared in many other television and film roles, and was named Exceptional Emerging Artist at the 2018 Hollywood Film Festival.

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