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Jim Bragg June 16th, 2005 05:34 PM

Liberty Godmother named!
Sorry Guys, I got this a few days ago and it got buried in my files. Here it is:



MIAMI (June 14, 2005) – Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino has been chosen as godmother for Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Liberty, set to debut in Italy this summer. Sorvino is scheduled to break the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship’s hull during a naming ceremony July 19, 2005, in Civitavecchia, Italy.

Early in her career, the Italian-American actress shot to stardom in her breakthrough role in Woody Allen’s 1995 movie “Mighty Aphrodite,” for which she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a National Society of Film Critics Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She has an extensive resume that includes numerous leads in feature films, including “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Mimic,” “Summer of Sam,” “The Replacement Killers,” “The Triumph of Love,” “Barcelona,” and “Quiz Show.”

Sorvino earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in the HBO movie “Norma Jean and Marilyn” in which she played Marilyn Monroe. The multitalented actress also produced the acclaimed independent feature comedy “Lisa Picard is Famous” which had its debut as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. She also associate-produced the documentary “Freedom to Hate” tracing anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union, and the feature film “Amongst Friends.”

She is also the official ambassador for the Stop Violence Against Women Program with the worldwide human rights organization, Amnesty International. This past April, Sorvino’s work with Amnesty International was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities, and charitable organizations.

She is also a past recipient of the National Italian American Foundation’s Achievement Award and has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a British Academy Award.

“It is an esteemed maritime tradition that a ship’s godmother is a woman of honor and distinction whose name will be forever linked with that vessel. Mira Sorvino’s wide-ranging achievements as an actress and activist make her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother for our spectacular new ship, Carnival Liberty,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Born in Tenafly, N.J., Sorvino is the daughter of veteran actor Paul Sorvino, whose credits include the films “Goodfellas” and Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” and TV’s “Law and Order.” She was raised in New Jersey and went to Harvard University where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian studies and received the Hoopes prize for her thesis.

She is married to Christopher Backus and they have a six-month-old daughter.

Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the new Carnival Liberty will depart on an introductory three-day cruise from Monfalcone July 16 and arrive in Civitavecchia July 19, with the naming ceremony taking place later that evening.

The ship is slated to commence a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises – a first for Carnival Cruise Lines – from Civitavecchia July 20, 2005.

Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 20 “Fun Ships” operating voyages of three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe.

The line currently has two 110,000-ton SuperLiners – Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom – scheduled to enter service between now and February 2007.

Luanne Russo June 16th, 2005 05:39 PM

Re: Liberty Godmother named!

You you know where these two ships will be based out of?


Mike M June 16th, 2005 06:05 PM

Re: Liberty Godmother named!
OK: If she's on the Liberty trans-Atlantic then grankid or no grandkid I'm rebooking. <VBG>

Take care,
Mike(Mira Sorvino fan)

mikee June 16th, 2005 07:34 PM

Re: Liberty Godmother named!
luanne, the liberty will do 8 12 day cruises in europe and then a 16 day trans-atlantic
on oct 24 to ft.lauderdale. AFTER THAT THE LIBERTY will do 9 day 8 night to the eastern and western carribbean and also 6 day 5 night cruises to the western
carribbean. I'm booked on the first cruise out of ft.lauderdale scheduled for nov.12,2005

Luanne Russo June 17th, 2005 12:10 PM

Re: Liberty Godmother named!
Wow How much bigger is this ship compared to the esctsay?

Jim Bragg June 17th, 2005 01:14 PM

Re: Liberty Godmother named!
This ship will be based in FFL when she is in the USA waters and will be based out or Rome when she is in the Med waters during the summer months. This ship is of the Conquest Class of 110,000 GRT and quite a bit larger than the Ecstasy being almost 100' longer and 10' wider and hold another 1,000 guests

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