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Carnival Cruise Lines Launches ‘Build a Ship’ Contest to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 - Press Releases

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES LAUNCHES ‘BUILD A SHIP’ CONTEST TO BENEFIT ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

Starting today, kids and big kids at heart can put their artistic skills to good use and build a ship for a good cause.

Carnival Cruise Lines is launching a “Build a Ship” contest that invites anyone 13 years or older to build a model Carnival ship out of everyday items and submit a photo of it to win a free Carnival cruise. The contest, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, is the latest in a series of contests and other activities in anticipation of the May 1, 2011 launch of the line’s newest ship, Carnival Magic.

Participants are encouraged to put their thinking caps on and use their imagination to create their own custom-designed Carnival cruise ship. Whether it’s soda cans, leftover scraps of wood or cardboard boxes, there are no limits on what household materials can be utilized.

The winner will be chosen by an online vote open to the public from a predetermined selection of five finalists and will receive a seven-day Carnival Magic Caribbean cruise for four from Galveston, Texas, in an ocean view stateroom. Details and contest rules can be found on Carnival Magic’s microsite at www.carnivalmagic.com/contest. Carnival will donate $1 to St. Jude, up to $10,000, for each entry and vote, as well as for each Facebook fan who “likes” the contest.    

Once the ship model is complete, entrants are asked to snap a photo of their creation and upload it to www.carnivalmagic.com/contest with a title and a brief description of the materials used to build the model. Photos will be displayed in an online gallery on the Carnival Magic microsite.

Submissions can be entered now through April 6, 2011, and the winner will be announced April 26, 2011.

Carnival Magic is set to debut in Europe with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 – Oct. 16, 2011.  Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the port’s largest year-round cruise ship.

Additional information on Carnival Cruise Lines is available by contacting any travel agent, calling1-800-CARNIVAL or visiting carnival.com. 

Carnival also can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise 
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival 
Flickr:  www.flickr.com/photos/carnivalcruiselines/ 
Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnivalpressroom.com.

About Carnival Magic
Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic will introduce a host of exciting innovations, including the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub; Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian restaurant that brings Carnival’s Italian heritage to the table; and SportSquare, an action-packed top-deck recreation area featuring cruising’s first ropes course and outdoor fitness area.  Other features include Serenity, a relaxing adults-only retreat; The Lanai, a wraparound outdoor promenade with whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides; and Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live music venue.

Building upon the line’s distinction as the leading family cruise line, Carnival Magic will offer more than 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and families, including spacious play areas for the line’s top-rated children’s programs – Camp Carnival (ages 2-11), Circle “C” (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17) — along with a two-level miniature golf course, a Carnival WaterWorks aqua park with exhilarating water slides and attractions, a video game room and more.

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Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com

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