Carnival Magic’s naming is all set for Sunday, May 1, in Venice, with Lindsey Wilkerson, a former patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who now serves as an employee and an ambassador of the organization, presiding over the festivities as godmother.

The following Q&A session, originally published on Carnival’s Funville on-line community, offers insight into Wilkerson’s thoughts on being selected as Carnival Magic’s godmother, as well as her involvement with St. Jude.  The Q&A is available here.

After the naming ceremony, Carnival Magic will embark on its inaugural nine-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona, positioning the vessel for a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises through October.  The ship will then sail a 16-day transatlantic crossing then launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas, in November.