Jay Leno, the renowned late-night talk show host and comedian, has been bestowed with the honour of becoming the godfather to Carnival Venezia. This magnificent cruise ship promises to combine Carnival’s trademark fun with Italian elegance. Carnival Cruise Line made the exciting announcement today, revealing that Leno will grace the celebratory event on June 14, 2023, in New York City, where the ship will be blessed before embarking on its inaugural voyage. This unprecedented collaboration between Leno and Carnival Cruise Line is set to delight guests with a unique comedy show presented exclusively for event attendees in partnership with Carnival World Mastercard.
Carnival Venezia christened initially in 2019 under the auspices of Costa Cruises, Carnival’s Italian sister brand, will now join the Carnival fleet, making its grand entrance from New York. To mark this momentous occasion, the cruise line sought a charismatic godfather who would embody the spirit of fun while honouring the vessel’s Italian heritage. Jay Leno emerged as the perfect candidate, boasting an Italian lineage and a previous association with Carnival Cruise Line. He had entertained guests as part of the Carnival LIVE entertainment series a few years ago, establishing a deep connection with the Carnival family.
Leno humbly accepted the role expressing his gratitude, stating, “I am truly honored to be named the godfather of Carnival Venezia. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Reflecting on the fusion of Carnival’s vitality and the ship’s Italian theme, Leno added, “Carnival’s focus on FUN combined with the Italian theming of this ship is truly unique. I’m also excited to have my own cruise ship, although I think I’ll need a bigger garage!”
Leno, a native of New Rochelle, NY, can trace his roots back to Flumeri, Campania, Italy. He initially made his mark in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, eventually becoming the beloved host of The Tonight Show for nearly two decades, a reign that ended in 2014. Throughout his tenure, Leno’s show consistently reigned as the top-rated late-night talk show, earning him the title of “the hardest working man in show business.”
While retired from The Tonight Show, Leno remains an active presence in the entertainment world. He produces and hosts the critically acclaimed CNBC primetime series Jay Leno’s Garage, which is currently in its seventh season. The show explores the captivating stories behind cars, never losing sight of the fact that the people behind the wheel genuinely drive these narratives. Premiering in October 2015, the series garnered CNBC’s highest-ever viewership for a first season. Leno continues captivating audiences as a stand-up performer, corporate speaker, and host of the revived game show You Bet Your Life.
Carnival Venezia pays homage to the captivating city of Venice, Italy, with various spaces on board evoking its enchanting ambience. Passengers will be transported to the mesmerizing Piazza San Marco upon entering the ship’s Venice-inspired atrium. The ship further delights guests with its superb dining options, including the elegant Marco Polo and Canal Grande Restaurants and the newly introduced Italian specialty restaurant, “Il Viaggio.” The Teatro Rosso theatre, reminiscent of Italian opera houses, hosts Carnival Playlist Productions shows that never fail to entertain.
Familiar Carnival favourites also find their place on Carnival Venezia, ensuring an unforgettable experience for guests. Guy Fieri’s famous Guy’s Burger Joint, the renowned steakhouse Fahrenheit 555, Bonsai Sushi & Teppanyaki, and the Chef’s Table are just a few of the enticing culinary offerings. Additionally, guests can indulge in the Lido Marketplace, Seafood Shack, and Pizzeria del Capitano and enjoy the lively ambience of Piano Bar 88 and Heroes Tribute Lounge.
Starting June 15, 2023, Carnival Venezia will sail from its new home at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. With a capacity to accommodate over 5,000 guests, the ship will embark on ten distinct cruise durations, presenting 22 unique itineraries encompassing 25 ports across 14 countries.
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