Carnival Honors Veterans at PortMiami, Donates Van to Veterans Affairs

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Carnival Cruise Line began its weeklong Veterans Day festivities by hosting a gathering aboard Carnival Horizon over the weekend.

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While docked at PortMiami, the day’s highlights included a special program and an announcement that Carnival donated a passenger van to the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Presented by Carnival’s President, Christine Duffy, the 15-passenger van will help the US Department of Veterans Affairs provide greater access to its services and programs.

Currently, the organization offers its assistance to over 200,000 veterans spread across seven counties.

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“It is an honor for us to partner with the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System to show our appreciation to these brave men and women and donate a passenger van to help the center provide convenient transportation to local resources and support services for our military heroes,” said Duffy.

Around 200 veterans from Miami-Dade attended the event. During the affair, guests enjoyed a special lunch and ceremony inside the docked cruise ship. 

Benjamin Cruz, who attended the tribute, served the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years.

In an article published by Yahoo! News, he expressed appreciation for the special venue and the opportunity to interact with his peers.

“You can relate better when you talk to people that have been through the same thing you’ve been through. You talk to them, and they know exactly what you’re talking about,” Cruz reflected.

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Noting his first time stepping on a cruise ship since leaving service, he laughingly remarked, “It’s totally different, the ships I used to be on were not this luxurious.” 

“As America’s cruise line, Carnival is privileged to have more active and retired military service members choosing to sail with us than any other cruise line for their much-deserved cruise vacations,” shared Duffy.

Earlier this year, Carnival returned the free cruise raffle at the Military Appreciation Gathering. Every Carnival ship hosts the event once per sailing. 

To show appreciation, the line gives away one free cruise per month to an active or retired member of the armed service.

Carnival and Duffy are visiting six ships and six home ports from November 5 to 11.

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