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Shaq's mom Lucille O'Neal is Carnival Radiance godmother

Lucille O'Neal embodies the importance of education and devotes her time to a wide array of charitable organizations
Dr. Lucille O’Neal — author, philanthropist and mother of Carnival Cruise Line’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal — will serve as the godmother of Carnival Radiance.

The totally transformed ship (formerly Carnival Victory) is set to debut in December following a $200m dry dock at Navantia in Cádiz, Spain.

O’Neal will preside over the festivities at Long Beach, California, prior to the ship's Dec. 13 inaugural cruise.

Joint Big Chicken ribbon-cutting

Also, Shaq and his mom will cut the ribbon to officially open Big Chicken, the second seagoing restaurant (after Mardi Gras') created by the NBA Hall of Famer, featuring dishes based on his family’s recipes.


Lucille O'Neal is an accomplished speaker who donates her time and talent to a wide range of charitable organizations, including serving on the board of the Orlando Ovarian Center Alliance. She is president and co-founder of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players.

O'Neal also established the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity on the campus of Bethune Cookman University (BCU) in honor of her late mother, Odessa Chambliss, and focuses on health disparities, social determinants of health and social justice.

Embodies the importance of education

The author of the inspirational biography, 'Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go,' O’Neal embodies the importance of education, resuming her studies after raising her children to graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from BCU and completing a graduate program from the University of Phoenix. For these efforts, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from BCU.

'When Shaquille was named Chief Fun Officer a couple of years ago, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be named godmother of a cruise ship,' she said. 'To think that my name will be forever associated with Carnival Radiance and that I’m joining other esteemed women who have served as a Carnival godmother is truly an honor.'