Carnival Cruise Line has debuted a “Heroes Tribute Bar” honoring military women and men onboard the recently launched Carnival Panorama. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, was joined by military personnel and veterans on Carnival Panorama’s inaugural sailing for the grand opening celebration.
A portion of the proceeds from the new entertainment and gathering spot will benefit Carnival partner Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong, stable and secure military families.
The venue incorporates all-American décor with the logos of the five armed service branches of the U.S. military, as well as patriotic and military memorabilia. The venue’s walls are lined with photos and messages centering on three main themes: Welcome Home, Thank You for Your Service and America’s Heroes.
Specialty cocktails will be offered and served in a custom pint glass with a portion of each sale benefiting Operation Homefront. Pint glasses are also available for purchase. While the concept will initially be exclusively on Carnival Panorama, Duffy said that the line will look to amplify the spirit of the Heroes Tribute Bar at special moments across the Carnival fleet.
Carnival has been a longtime supporter of the military, hosting a military appreciation reception each cruise, shipboard concerts for military personnel and events at U.S. Naval bases. Carnival received the U.S. Honor Flag in recognition of its military support and Duffy participated in the 88th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the oldest public liaison program in the Department of Defense.
Carnival Panorama sailed on its inaugural voyage yesterday and will launch year-round seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera December 14, calling at seaside destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.