The second in a new series of videos from Carnival features a meet-and-greet opportunity between seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and John and Cara Martin, who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and have benefited from the various programs organized through Operation Homefront.
In the video, Carnival President Christine Duffy thanks the Martins for their service to our country and then introduces them to Underwood during a pre-concert event in Philadelphia during her Storyteller Tour.
Underwood invited the Martins, as well as their daughters, Erica and Karen, to her special private concert for military families pierside aboard Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016. Duffy also awarded the Martins a Carnival cruise.
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 Martins 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 yesterday in Europe and will make her stateside debut in New York in November before repositioning to Miami for year-round service later that month.