VOTING OPENS FOR GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN CARNIVAL’S “VIRTUAL BOOK OF DREAMS” CHILDREN’S ESSAY AND DRAWING CONTEST
Contest Entries and Votes to Generate Donation from Carnival to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
MIAMI (Sept. 28, 2009) – The five finalists in Carnival Cruise Lines’ Virtual Book of Dreams Contest were unveiled this morning at www.carnivalbookofdreams.com and public voting is now underway to determine a Grand Prize Winner. The contest invited children between the ages of 7 and 12 to share their awesome dreams in a short essay and accompanying hand-drawn illustration for a chance to become the world’s first-ever cruise ship waterslide Godchild. The winner and family will travel to New York City to christen the spectacular Carnival WaterWorks aqua park on the new Carnival Dream in November and also receive a free cruise.
The five finalists include four chosen by a panel of judges and one chosen via public voting. The finalists are: “Dream Viewing Invention” submitted by Alice, age 10, Pleasant Hill, CA; “Going to the Moon for Vacation” submitted by Amanda, age 10, from Bridgeport, PA; “My Famous Pancake” submitted by Alyssa, age 9, from Napa, CA; “Sending My Dreams to Iraq” submitted by Emily, age 8, from Holly Springs, NC; and “Wake Me When We Leave” submitted by Hailee, age 9, from Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Voting is open to the public and currently underway at www.carnivalbookofdreams.com.
For every vote received, Carnival is making a $1 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital up to a maximum contribution of $25,000. St. Jude is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
“It was so much fun to read all the creative, funny and heart-warming entries we received,” said Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Carnival Cruise Lines. “The contest has provided a wonderful means for children to be a part of the excitement of launching the Carnival Dream while at the same time benefitting kids in need.”
Information on the new Carnival Dream, which made its European debut last week, is available at www.carnival.com/dream.
Voting to determine the Grand Prize Winner will run through Oct. 4, 2009 and the winner will be announced on Oct. 12, 2009.
About Carnival Dream
Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest and largest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, is a new class of vessel for the line and ushers in an exciting new era in “Fun Ship” cruising. The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream offers a host of innovations including a stunning indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, a two-level Serenity adults-only retreat, a wrap-around promenade encircling the ship, the cruise industry’s largest water park which features the Carnival WaterWorks waterslide, and a 23,750-square-foot health spa – Carnival’s largest to date. Several new accommodation categories, including five-berth, two-bathroom staterooms particularly appealing for families, are also offered on the Carnival Dream.
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 23 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda. In addition to the recent delivery of the Carnival Dream, the line has one new ship on order, the Carnival Magic, which is scheduled for delivery in 2011. For additional information or reservations, contact any travel agent, call 800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
See www.carnivalbookofdreams.com for contest rules and details.