Back in May, the Carnival Sunshine emerged from dry-dock after the $155m refurbishment of the Carnival Destiny which brought new features, such as the new dining options and waterpark to what is now known as Carnival Sunshine.
The ship was sailing in Europe until this past weekend when it arrived in New Orleans which will be its new home through May 2014.
Lin Arison, wife of the late Ted Arison, Founder of Carnival Cruise Line, named the ship following an event that paid homage to the arts. About 600 people were in attendance for the
performance by YoungArts, which included jazz classics, tap-dancing and modern dance.
On stage in the Liquid Lounge theater, Arison, along with Sunshine Captain Giuseppe Giusa, pulled a ribbon attached to an oversized replica of a Champagne bottle -- the crowd then watched on video monitors as the real thing smashed on the hull of the ship as is the nautical tradition.
Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald recaps the Carnival Sunshine's naming ceremony in this video: