It’s not every day that consumers have a chance to name a gargantuan 500-gallon water bucket housed within a sprawling aqua park on a massive cruise ship.

Well, with Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Name the Bucket” contest, participants are provided the unique opportunity to have their name linked with what is sure to be a talked-about feature when the new 130,000-ton Carnival Magic debuts next spring.

The way the contest works is simple: contestants submit a creative moniker (less than 50 characters in length) for a 500-gallon water bucket featured within Carnival Magic’s WaterWorks aqua park.

Entries will be accepted via www.carnivalmagic.com/contest through Oct. 29.  Five winners will be selected by a panel of judges and consumer voting for the grand prize winner begins Nov. 3.  The grand prize winner will be announced on Nov. 12.

As part of its ongoing support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Carnival will donate $1 for each contest entry and $1 per vote. Carnival will also donate $1 for every Facebook fan who “likes” the contest on the site.

In addition to having their name forever associated with a signature feature on Carnival’s most innovative “Fun Ship,” the grand prize winner will receive a prize pack containing a digital camera, beach bucket, towel, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

The folks at Carnival did try to name the bucket on their own with the help of popular Senior Cruise Director John Heald whose…..ummm…..interesting suggestion is showcased in a special video here.  After hearing John’s idea, it is obvious why the company is seeking the public’s input in naming the bucket!

The giant water bucket – the largest attraction of its kind on a cruise ship -- will take center stage within the awesome WaterWorks aqua park which will also offer an enclosed Twister slide, a DrainPipe funnel-style water slide and numerous other splash-tastic features.

WaterWorks is sure to be one of the most popular attractions on the new 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic which is scheduled to enter service from Europe May 1.  The ship will operate a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises before repositioning to Galveston, Texas, for seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning Nov. 14, 2011 becoming the port’s largest year-round cruise ship.