The godmother for Carnival Cruise Line's new West Coast ship, the Carnival Panorama, will be Los Angeles resident Vanna White.

Vanna White
Vanna White

The letter-turning model from the game show "Wheel of Fortune" will officially name the Panorama on Dec. 10 in Long Beach, Calif.

The vessel is the first new ship Carnival has deployed to the West Coast in 20 years, and is Carnival's third and last Vista-class ship. The line's first Excel-class ship, the Carnival Mardi Gras, debuts next year. 

In an interview, White said she's a big fan of cruising, and was on a river cruise in France earlier this year.

She said she's looking forward to seeing the Carnival Kitchen on the Panorama, the first dedicated space on a Carnival ship for cooking classes. "I'm excited about that. I think there's a lot of people out there that are interested in cooking, and it's something new."

Asked if she knows any other ship godmothers, White cited Queen Latifah, Katie Couric and Kathie Lee Gifford, godmothers respectively of the Carnival Horizon, Carnival Valor and Carnival Celebration and Ecstasy (Gifford was a godmother twice).

White has appeared in more than 7,000 Wheel episodes over 37 years. White hosted the show for the first time earlier this month when Pat Sajak had emergency surgery.  Because the show is taped in advance, those episodes won't air until about the time White is christening the Panorama.

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