On 12 November 2009, the Carnival Dream arrived in New York to be officially
named. It was a cool and cloudy day with periods of rain. However, that did not
dampen the spirits of the Carnival officials or the invited guests who gathered in the
ship's Encore Theater for the ceremony. The following seeks to provide a synopsis of
the ceremony with some photos and excerpts from the various speaker's remarks.
Carnival Dream awaits her naming at Manhattan's
historic Pier 88.
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Acting as the master of ceremonies was John
Heald, Carnival's Senior Cruise Director
and author of his own very popular blog.
Heald not only kept the event moving but also
injected humor into the occasion. He implored the
audience to relax and to get into the Carnival
spirit. "So often these events tend to be a little bit
formal and reserved and we applaud like that little
golf shot. Well, this is Carnival and this is a Fun
Ship where fun for all is everywhere. "
To open the ceremony, Heald introduced the Fun Force, a team
of high energy dancers who put on an extremely rigorous and
Next, Heald introduced Carnival Cruise Lines
President and CEO, Gerry Cahill, who
Heald discovered was one of the Fun Force dancers.
"The purpose of what we are here to do today is to
name our newest ship, the 130,000 ton Carnival
Dream, and I do believe the name Dream is perfect
for anything that has to do with Carnival. What we
try to do is make our guests’ vacation dreams come
true. Whether it is a young couple planning a
romantic vacation, whether it is a parent or
grandparent planning a multi-generational reunion or
just somebody who wants to get away from the
stress of daily life, it is our job and what we try to
do is make their dreams a reality by providing fun,
memorable vacation experiences at an affordable
"Someone once said that dreams are the stuff of
progress and I think in the case of the Carnival
Dream that is certainly the case. It is clearly a
progression in the capacity and the features that we
have in our fleet. It is the first in a new class of ship
and offers an array of innovations. You saw the
expansive waterpark, we have six waterslides there
which are the longest and most elaborate slides at
sea. We have the Ocean Plaza, which is am
indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment area and
we have more than 19,000 square feet dedicated to
children and that is the most of any ship in our
"We have 22 ships in the Carnival fleet and I know
that I am not supposed to favor one over another.
However, I do believe that the Carnival Dream is
the best looking ship in our fleet. Our ship architect,
Joe Farcus, who has designed all 22 ships, has truly
outdone himself this time, which is really saying
quite a lot."
Henry Belin, Pastor of the Bethel African Methodist
Church in Harlem, New York and Chairman of the New
York Food Bank was called upon to ask God's blessing for the
ship. Before doing so he remarked: "I am amazed at the dedication and
hard work of the individuals who make a vessel like this run It takes
over 1,300 special people to be able to man and woman a ship of this
size and caliber."
"Dreams are important. There is a song that says ‘dream the impossible
dream,’ Carnival has worked extremely hard to meet the dreams of
people and families with over 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to
children. It speaks of the dedication and love that the company has to
promote families and people staying together."
Oscar and Tony Award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden was
the ship's godmother. In addition to speaking about her love for the
sea and the impressive new ship, she commented: "One of the things
that Gerry was talking about with us today just opened up a great big
spot in my heart and that is the way that Carnival is working with St.
Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. If you have ever seen any of
these kids, you know that they are absolute heroes and to think that a
company like Carnival has such a depth of warmth and care that they
would have a program like Care to Play actually on the ships. For
instance, they might say that everybody who wants to go down the
[water] slide in the next hour will make a donation to St. Jude’s and all
those kids and parents going down the slide will know that they are
contributing to a good cause. And there are interactive things onboard
where you can learn about what is happening in our search for the cure
[for pediatric cancer]. I just really want to make my hat off to you for
that. It is a wonderful, give, give, give, win, win, win situation."
Ms. Harden was joined on stage by Captain Carlo
Queirolo, master of Carnival Dream, for the actual naming
of the ship.
The naming was to be done by smashing a giant champagne
bottle on the stage of the ship's theater. This would be th
signal for another champagne bottle to be broken against the
To smash the bottle, Ms. Harden used a
New York Yankees baseball bat signed by
Yankee Alex Rodriguez. The bat was later
auctioned and the proceeds donated to St.
Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Before swinging the bat, Ms. Harden said:
"Captain Queirolo, his crew and all the
guests who sail upon this vessel, I bestow
my very best wishes for fair winds, smooth
seas and safe passage on all the oceans that
you journey across. I name this ship