Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 - News Blog
The latest in a new series of videos from Carnival features a meet-and-greet opportunity between seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood and Mo Jones, who served in the U.S. Navy, and his wife Theresa who have benefited from the various programs organized through Operation Homefront. The video can be viewed here.
In the video, Underwood invited the Joneses, as well as their children, Mario, Dominick and Trinity, to her special private concert for military families pierside aboard the new Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016. Carnival’s Vice President of Field Sales Mike Julius also thanked the Joneses for their service to our country and then surprised them with a free Carnival Vista cruise for their family.
Carnival and Underwood have partnered on the year-long Honor. Family. Fun. initiative which is designed to support U.S. military families through Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families.
The Joneses are among dozens of military families recognized during 10 stops on Underwood’s Storyteller Tour. During the pre-concert events, military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, were treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood who then invited them to her exclusive concert aboard Carnival Vista.
Driving the effort to raise funds for Operation Homefront, supporters will have the opportunity to donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on carnival.com/HonorFamilyFun. Commemorative dog tags are also available for purchase at merchandise stands at all The Storyteller Tour stops as well as throughout Carnival’s fleet with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.
Carnival has also launched a new shipboard military appreciation program with each ship hosting a special event on board to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families. The event kicks off with a welcome video featuring Underwood who will also join the Carnival LIVE roster of artists in early 2017, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Carnival’s most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, debuted May 1 in Europe and will make her stateside debut in New York in November before repositioning to Miami for year-round Caribbean service later that month.