Carnival President to Light New Year’s Eve Ball in NY

Carnival Cruise Line will bring in the new year on both land and sea as the line’s president Christine Duffy lights the famous New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square, and nearly 100,000 guests sailing on Carnival’s ships join in the celebration to welcome 2023.

Carnival is the official cruise line sponsor of Times Square New Year’s Eve again this year and will serve as a musical sponsor and countdown clock sponsor for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC.

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Duffy, along with Carnival partner and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, will flip the giant switch that will light the famous New Year’s Eve Ball and invite everyone celebrating in New York and watching from home to “Choose Fun Together,” which is Carnival’s 2023 advertising campaign.

Leading up to the midnight countdown, Duffy will join the Times Square New Year’s Eve host on the Countdown Stage during the 10 pm hour to share details on what guests sailing from New York can expect on Carnival Venezia, which will homeport at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

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“As we head into 2023, we have even more reasons to celebrate and so it’s appropriate that America’s cruise line be part of America’s most iconic New Year’s celebration. We’ve got two new ships joining the fleet next year, including the start of year-round service from New York in June on Carnival Venezia, which will offer our upcoming Carnival Fun Italian Style experience, and then we’ll end the year with Carnival Jubilee arriving in Galveston. We’re looking forward to continuing this exciting period of growth and building on the success of the past year,” said Duffy.

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(Image courtesy of Carnival)

Carnival’s Choose Fun Together campaign showcases the line’s appeal across any age group by illustrating various ways guests can Choose Fun no matter who they’re sailing with.

After first debuting the campaign on Christmas day, the New Year’s Eve integration will serve as the Choose Fun Together message’s largest national launching point. It’ll continue to be seen across both Carnival-owned channels and advertising placements throughout 2023. The campaign is an extension of Carnival’s Choose Fun campaign that launched in 2018.

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