MIAMI, Fla. — Kathie Lee Gifford, the original singing and dancing “fun ship” star of Carnival Cruise Lines ads beginning in 1984, returned to the line on Sunday debuting her GIFFT line of wines, available on all 24 Carnival cruise ships. (The wines are also available at Winn-Dixie and Total Wine stores.)
The Red Blend is “smooth, juicy and luscious” in Gifford’s own words and the light and pleasant Chardonnay is a “hallmark of all Monterey chardonnay wines.”
Gifford participated in a wine tasting in the atrium of the Carnival Breeze and endlessly posed for pictures with fans — and wine aficionados.
She says she’s happy to be back aboard Carnival, only this time around she’s not donning a bikini. She adds her affiliation with Carnival pre-dates her ties with former television co-star Regis Philbin, even her marriage to football great Frank Gifford.