Adding a little glitz and glamour to the launch of its newest Conquest-class ship Carnival Valor, Carnival has picked NBC's "Today" co-anchor Katie Couric to handle champagne-smashing duties when the ship debuts in December.
This is Couric's second "appearance" in the Carnival Corporation family. Earlier this year on Queen Mary 2, Cunard hosted a fund raiser for Couric to raise money for colon cancer research. Couric created the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) in honor of her late husband.
Carnival, as did Cunard, will make a donation to that foundation in thanks for Couric's appearance. The christening ceremony will take place in Miami on December 17.
Interestingly, in the past few years Carnival's godmothering strategy has tended toward singling out high profile women who have adopted causes. Among them? CNN's Paula Zahn and the American Cancer Society; North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, whose pet cause is a home-building charity in Latin America; and astronaut Sally Ride, who devotes time to science education for girls.
Carnival Valor sails a two-night inaugural that departs on Wednesday, December 15, then embarks on its regular series of seven-night Caribbean voyages from its year-round homeport, Miami.