making a splash

Jonathan Bennett is a godfather now: for a Carnival Cruises ship

Jonathan Bennett headshot. Photo via Carnival Cruise Line

“Mean Girls” actor Jonathan Bennett has made a splash from the silver screen to the Broadway stage. Now, he’s taking his act to the high seas.

Later this month, he takes on the role of “godfather” for Carnival Cruises’ newest vessel- Carnival Firenze. Bennett will join the captain, crew, and guests to help christen the brand-new behemoth on April 24.

Fashioned to emulate Florence, Italy’s romantic and opulent streets, this grand cruise ship embarks on its maiden voyage on April 25th. The naming ceremony, complete with the smashing of the champagne bottle by the Godfather himself, will take place the day before it sets sail. It is a long-held tradition for ships to be given a godparent to help usher in a wave of luck for the many trips to come. 

Luxurious multi level bar and restaurant inside Carnival Firenze. Red carped and a golden lion adorn the interior. Photo via Carnival Cruise Line

Bennett, an avid Carnival Cruise fan, was ecstatic when Carnival President Christine Duffy snuck into the rehearsal room where Jonathan was diligently rehearsing for his upcoming Broadway show to share the news.

Jonathan Bennett smiles broadly while enjoying an ice cream sundae. Photo via Carnival Cruise Line

He and his husband spent their honeymoon on one of Carnival’s epic cruiseliners. They have experienced countless adventures aboard many others, making Bennet the ideal candidate to christen the newest addition to the Carnival fleet.

He joins an impressive list of names who’ve earned the title of godparent: Julie Andrews, Jay Leno, and Dame Judi Dench, to name a few; even Queen Elizabeth II cracked a few bottles in her time.

Setting sail in Long Beach, Carnival Firenze will take guests on voyages year-round to the tropical and ever-gorgeous Mexican Riviera. From entertainment and relaxation to incredible restaurants offering delectable Italian cuisine, the luxury and comfort of Carnival Fun Italian Style is an experience guests will never forget. 

Carnival cruise ship at sea. Photo via Carnival Cruise Line

The Mexican Riviera is an affluent stretch of white sandy beaches, dappled with art, entertainment, and historic landmarks. While docked, stretch your sea legs and check out a few of our favorite spots. 

Puerto Vallarta

There is no shortage of queer-friendly and LGBTQ+-focused venues in the gorgeous coastal town of Puerto Vallarta. A very popular gaycation spot, you’ll find clubs, B&Bs, art studios, and more!

La Noche

Terraced bar with drag and go-go boys Lazaro Cardenas 263 · Puerto Vallarta, JAL 48380
(322) 222-3364

This wild club complete with a rooftop terrace, features the most gorgeous go-go boys in town. With a spacious main floor and balcony seating, you’ll always have a view of the action. For over 20 years this tropical gay haven has been the spot that redefines ‘party’.

Cabo San Lucas

At the very tip of the Baja penninsula sits a tropical gem worthy of frequent visits. Cabo is famous for stunning views, cute boys and an endless supply of restaurants, bars and clubs to explore.

Purple Breathless VIP Rooftop Bar

VIP experience, regular person prices P.º de La Marina 4732, Col, El Medano · Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. 23453
(624) 104-9500

Keep an eye on the cruise ships while sipping champagne from the sun-drenched rooftop of this luxurious bar. Treat yourself to a VIP experience without breaking the bank!

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