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Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and to mark the special occasion, Carnival Cruise Line held a fun, family-friendly event aboard Carnival Elation in Jacksonville.
The event aboard the ship was highlighted by a book reading to students from Heart for Children – a Jacksonville-based charity that provides at-risk kids ages 5-17 with a safe, nurturing environment during the school year and summer. The charity also received a donation from Carnival.
Designed to reinforce the importance of reading, the event also included activities like face-paining, crafts, and appearances by popular Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat. The celebration feature a Seuss-inspired birthday cake, and culminated in a balloon drop in the ship’s massive seven-deck high atrium. Similar events also took place on other Carnival vessels.
The festivities were part of Seuss at Sea, Carnival’s partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that features activities across the fleet like the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with Dr. Seuss characters, the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time, and Dr. Seuss Bookville – a family reading venue on select ships.
The donation to Heart for Children highlights Carnival’s commitment to the Jacksonville community. Carnival is the port’s only year-round cruise line, with Elation sailing four and five-day cruises to the Caribbean.