Carnival Cruise Line has introduced a series of new Dr. Seuss themed shipboard activates designed to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among its younger cruisers and inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who!
As part of the annual national campaign by Dr. Seuss, “Be Kind/Dare to Care” activities are rolling out this month across the Carnival fleet and complement existing programming within Seuss at Sea, the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Horton Hears a Who, published in 1940, is one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous and cherished books. It tells the story of Horton the Elephant, a loyal and faithful creature who discovers a tiny planet that is home to a community called Whoville. Despite objections from his disbelieving friends, Horton vows to protect Whoville, proclaiming throughout the book that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
The new shipboard programming, patterned after the book’s loving message, will include a “pledge to be kind” activity where kids and their families are encouraged to write down their kindness pledges that will be posted on a special banner on board with prizes awarded for the most creative and heartfelt submissions. Kids can also create friendship bracelets and other keepsakes as part of the Horton Hears a Who!-themed arts and crafts with screenings of the iconic movie shown on board throughout the month of October.
Caroline Lombardi, director of youth experience for Carnival Cruise Line said:
“Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss’ most heartfelt and thought-provoking books and we’re delighted to partner with Dr. Seuss Enterprises on this exciting new venture that teaches children the value of kindness and compassion in a fun, positive way,”
Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises said:
“We are very excited that Carnival has created these wonderful, onboard activities that promote kindness and highlight the themes of friendship, respect and tolerance that are found in the book Horton Hears a Who!”
Horton Hears a Who! also takes center stage as part of the line’s ongoing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and Story Time during which kids and their families participate in a swirly parade down the ships’ promenade followed by an interactive reading of the book in the main show lounge where the young and the young at heart portray different characters in the book.
Other Seuss at Sea activities are currently offered on most of Carnival Cruise Line Fleet. The new Carnival Horizon, set to debut in April 2018, will also feature the Dr. Seuss themed WaterWorks and Dr. Seuss Bookville Library.
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