Carnival Cruise Line has been offering travel fun in the Big Easy for a number of years. Last month, the cruise line announced a multi-year partnership with the New Orleans Saints, merging football fun with travel for fans of the cruise line, the port city, and football fans.
During a recent Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, we managed to capture a few Fun Ship moments during the event, including the “Helmet Shuffle” where one lucky Saints fan won a Carnival Cruise.
During the game, various fun messages would pop up in the rotating electronic message areas.
But the fun isn’t just in the stadium, it of course continues on board the Carnival Cruise Line ships sailing from the Port of New Orleans, with the new Saints Sailgate Sailaways, football-themed deck parties that will include food and drink specials, games, prizes, a DJ, dancing and even more shipboard fun. In addition, Carnival is also teaming up with the Saints to support the team’s Read and Rise program that promotes children’s literacy in and around the New Orleans area.
“Carnival has been a part of the New Orleans community for more than 20 years and this partnership with the Saints offers fans a variety of opportunities to engage with the team and, just like on board our ships, provides an environment that creates a lifetime of wonderful memories,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.
“Both Carnival Cruise Line and the New Orleans Saints are committed members of the greater New Orleans community who share similar objectives in regards to enhancing the combined economic impact of our partnering brands on the city and region,” said Saints Owner Tom Benson. “We are thrilled to join with Carnival as they add another element of excitement to our game-day experience, while enhancing the appeal of the tourism industry for our region.”
Carnival pioneered year-round cruising from New Orleans in 1994 and currently operates two year-round ships carrying 400,000 guests annually – more than any cruise line. Carnival’s New Orleans-based ships include Carnival Dream, which sails seven-day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida, and Carnival Elation offering four- and five-day cruises to Mexico. Next spring, the newer, larger Carnival Triumph will assume Carnival Elation’s short-cruise program, increasing capacity on this route by 34 percent.
For additional information on Carnival’s cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
Special thanks to Carnival Cruise Line for their continued support of the City of New Orleans and the cruise loving residents of State of Louisiana.