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Carnival Cruise Line Raises More Than $300,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital During Annual Thanks and Giving Campaign


For the sixth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, raising more than $ 300,000 for the hospital this year during the holiday.

During St. Jude Thanks and Giving, Carnival guests could donate to St. Jude via their Sail & Sign shipboard accounts. Throughout the year, guests continue to support St. Jude in a variety of Care to Play activities designed to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Carnival Cruise Line is the hospital’s “Official Celebration Partner” and has raised more than $ 13 million for St. Jude since the start of the partnership in 2010.

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First-Ever ‘Grinchmas’ Celebration Held at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


The kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, had a special visitor this holiday season – none other than The Grinch himself who made an appearance as part of the first-ever Grinchmas festivities hosted by Carnival Cruise Line, the hospital’s Official Celebration Partner.

The appearance by the cantankerous curmudgeon was part of a day-long celebration which included Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, photo opportunities, snacks, and a Good Deed Tracker with a list of good deed suggestions to allow them to, just like The Grinch famously says, grow their heart “three times its size.”   Each child also received their own copy of the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The Grinchmas festivities were just the latest in-hospital events organized by Carnival which also hosts the annual St. Jude Day of Play and provides entertainment for the St. Jude Prom.

Carnival has been a proud supporter of St. Jude since 2010 and over the past seven years has raised more than $ 13 million through various shipboard and shoreside fundraising efforts, including its Care to Play:  Carnival for St. Jude Kids activities hosted fleetwide.

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Giving Tuesday: Culinary Team Makes Nearly 700 Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches for Children’s Homes in Mexico

During their recent conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Holland America Line’s culinary team took time to give back to the local community. Holland America Line Vice President of Food and Beverage Frits Van Der Werff, Culinary Consultant and Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and several of the cruise line’s executive chefs spent hours making nearly 700 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for three children’s homes in Jalisco: Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza, Casa Hogar and Fundación Corazón de Niña.

“Thank you so much for the beautiful sandwiches and your generosity,” said Melissa Leigh Canez, president, Fundación Corazón de Niña, A.C. “Our children thoroughly enjoyed the treat.”

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The team delivered the sandwiches to the three children’s homes during lunchtime and enjoyed seeing the impact they had on the kids.

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Carnival Horizon Dreamscape LED Atrium Sculpture to Feature Artwork Created by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Patients


Carnival Cruise Line announced today that the massive LED “Dreamscape” atrium sculpture on the new Carnival Horizon will feature colorful, custom-designed artwork created by patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® when the 133,500-ton ship debuts in Europe in spring 2018.

The eye-catching, three-deck high centerpiece in Carnival Horizon’s atrium will feature 33 different artistic creations from patients of St. Jude, one of Carnival’s largest charitable partners.

The announcement was made at Carnival’s Day of Play, an annual event held for children and their families at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee. The theme of this year’s event was Carnival Playtime and kids and their families enjoyed popular games like Sorry! Guess Who, and Yahtzee inspired by Hasbro, The Game Show, featured on board Carnival ships.  Face-painting, arts and crafts, and Carnival-themed giveaways were also offered.

Designed by Techno Media, Dreamscape is a uniquely designed, 24-foot funnel-shaped centerpiece that debuted on Carnival Vista and is comprised of more than 2,000 flexible LED tiles that have been customized for the shipboard environment. Each day, technicians on board program the rotating artwork based on the time of day, port or occasion.

For Carnival Horizon, the young artists from St. Jude were tasked with creating fun pieces with bright bold colors showcasing their personalities. The original creations complement the more than 100 images that continually rotate throughout the day and evening bringing the ship to life and providing guests of all ages with a unique and memorable vacation backdrop.

Carnival’s partnership with St. Jude began in 2010 and was expanded in 2013 with the cruise line being named the hospital’s official celebration partner. Over the past seven years, Carnival has raised more than $ 13 million for St. Jude through a variety of engaging activities, both on board and ashore.

“As the hospital’s Official Celebration Partner, we couldn’t be happier to showcase these amazing creations designed by the talented St. Jude patients on our newest ship,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are always looking to bring to life our partnerships in a way that also gives back. We do that on each cruise with Groove for St. Jude and we did it on Carnival Vista with Brownie Buoy, a specially designed flavor with proceeds benefiting the hospital. This is just another way to recognize the work St. Jude’s does for the families and patients they serve.”

“Featuring the inspirational artwork of St. Jude patients in the Carnival Horizon atrium is an extraordinary example of how Carnival Cruise Line continues to find creative ways to raise awareness of our mission to find cures and save the lives of children,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Carnival has been a dedicated and deeply engaged partner of St. Jude for the past seven years – providing exciting and memorable experiences for patients and raising significant funds critical to advance the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We are truly grateful for their longstanding support.”

Carnival Horizon will offer a variety of onboard innovations, including the first-ever Dr. Seuss-themed water park as well as a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, and an IMAX Theatre.

A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.

Carnival Horizon is scheduled to make its maiden voyage April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from that port.  Carnival Horizon will reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018.

Following its summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018.

To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com. For reservations, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL.

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Holland America Line Makes $25,000 Donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital as Part of K’s for Kids with the Seattle Mariners

Holland America Line Vice President, Public Relations Sally Andrews presented a check for $ 25,000 to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at the Seattle Mariners’ home game at Safeco Field. The company made the donation as part of its partnership with the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team and the K’s for Kids program that debuted during the 2014 baseball season.

With K’s for Kids, for each strikeout (represented as a “K” on a baseball score card) recorded by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field throughout the season, a cash donation was made to reach the $ 25,000 donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Andrews was joined on the field during the check presentation by 15-year-old Seattle Children’s patient and cancer survivor Annalise Haines.

“This year puts our total donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital through K’s for Kids since we began the program at $ 100,000, and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with an organization like the Seattle Mariners to make this program such a success,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. “Presenting the $ 25,000 check to a courageous superhero like Annalise on behalf of Seattle Children’s is an honor, knowing that it will go toward helping many other kids in need.”

For the past six years, Holland America Line and the Mariners have enjoyed a partnership that goes beyond the K’s for Kids donation. In addition, Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line is the presenting sponsor of the Salute to Those Who Serve program honoring the men and women of the United States military. As well, the line sponsors Get Well Tours to area hospitals and the annual Fan Appreciation Night where two lucky fans at that game win Holland America Line cruises.

Salute to Those Who Serve Military Program
At 26 Mariners home games this season, the Salute to Those Who Serve program honored some of the men and women of the United States armed forces. During Friday and Sunday games, a member of the military (active, reserve, veteran or retired) was recognized on field for his or her service to our country. Each honoree received four tickets and one parking pass to the game. Holland America Line is the presenting sponsor of the program.

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A military honoree for Salute to Those Who Serve.

Holland America Line Get Well Tours
Holland America Line is the presenting sponsor of the Seattle Mariners Get Well Tours, visits to area hospitals by Mariners players and the Mariner Moose where children receive photos and autographs and a Holland America Line-branded sports bag filled with Mariners- and baseball-related items such as replica baseballs and a stuffed Moose doll.

Holland America Line Fan Appreciation Night
Holland America Line is the presenting sponsor of the annual Fan Appreciation Night celebration at Safeco Field. Traditionally the final Friday home game of each season, Fan Appreciation Night celebrates the loyalty and support of Mariners fans with prize drawings throughout the game. As part of its sponsorship, Holland America Line provides two cruise giveaways at Fan Appreciation Night.

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