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Tamara Jernigan and female officers on board Carnival Miracle

Carnival Pride Godmother Tamara Jernigan Welcomed on Carnival Miracle

It’s great to reach for the stars in a metaphorical sense, but Tamara Jernigan took the advice literally – logging more than 1,500 hours in space as a NASA astronaut and astrophysicist.

After retiring from NASA in 2001, Jernigan was invited by Carnival Cruise Line to serve as the Godmother of Carnival Pride. Alongside then Carnival President Bob Dickinson, Dr. Jernigan named Carnival Pride in a ceremony at Port Canaveral on January 7, 2002. 

Now, 20 years later, Dr. Jernigan once again found herself cruising with Carnival when she joined the guests and crew of Carnival Miracle for a New Year’s cruise. While on board, she met with the ship’s female officers who presented her with a beautiful gift that included a current photo of Carnival Pride, as well as a photo of her in front of the ship with Chairman of Carnival Corporation Micky Arison. 

Dr. Tamara Jernigan and Carnival Chairman Micky Arison | Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Dr. Jernigan also made an appearance at the ship’s military appreciation gathering which is held on every Carnival cruise to recognize and honor the courage, commitment and service of members of the Armed Forces and their families. Tamara also attended a Question and Answer session with the cruise director, where guests had the opportunity to ask questions about what it’s like in space or anything else on their mind. 

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Evan Gove is the SEO & Content Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel's digital department. He covers cruise industry news and writes ship reviews for porthole.com. You can also catch him as a guest on the YouTube series Cruise Control with Bill Panoff. Follow his tweets and posts about the cruise industry from Porthole Cruise and Travel's social media accounts.