Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it has marked Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a family-friendly event aboard Carnival Elation in Jaxport in Florida, part of a fleetwide celebration of the well-known children’s books author.
The event was highlighted by a book-reading to students from Heart for Children, a Jacksonville-based charity that provides at-risk children, ages 5-17, with a safe environment during the school year and summer, as well as a donation from Carnival to the organization with a Dr. Seuss-inspired birthday cake and other treats.
The program is designed to emphasize the importance of reading. Other activities at the event included face-painting, arts and crafts and an appearance by Dr. Seuss characters such as The Cat in the Hat. A balloon drop in Carnival Elation’s massive seven-deck-high atrium ended the celebration. Similar events took place on other ships throughout the Carnival fleet.
The festivities are part of “Seuss at Sea”, Carnival’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that include fleetwide activities like the “Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast” with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time and Dr. Seuss Bookville, a family reading venue on select ships.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said the event aboard Carnival Elation was a “wonderful way to not only pay tribute to the incredible talent of the world’s most beloved children’s author, but also to emphasize the importance of literacy and support one of Jaxport’s most deserving charities.”
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