Cruise Director, Entertainment Director Named For New Ship Carnival Celebration

Carnival Cruise Line has announced the two people that will be leading the fun onboard when its upcoming ship Carnival Celebration launches this fall.

Lee Mason has been named as the vessel’s Cruise Director, and Calvyn Martens has been named Entertainment Director. Both Mason and Martens are popular with Carnival guests, and bring a combined quarter-century of Carnival fun and experience to lead the team responsible for the ship’s atmosphere, activities, and entertainment.

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Lee Mason and Calvyn Martens (Photos courtesy of Carnival)

“Not only will Carnival Celebration arrive as the ship marking our 50th birthday, but it will build upon the stellar entertainment offerings which our guests have already come to love since the debut of Mardi Gras. Lee and Calvyn are the perfect team to take on this responsibility and help our guests make great memories while having lots of fun,” said Chris Nelson, Carnival’s vice president of entertainment.

Lee Mason, from Cumbria, England, is currently serving as cruise director on Carnival Celebration‘s sister ship Mardi Gras, and has been cruise director on several Carnival ships over the past six years.

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He trained at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, and his talent for showmanship is matched by his energy and zest for life. To date, his proudest achievement is helping to set Carnival Splendor‘s $40,000 St. Jude fundraising record.

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(Photo courtesy of Meyer Turku shipyard)

Calvyn Martens, from Vancouver, Canada, has been entertaining Carnival guests for nearly 20 years. He joined the company as part of the team on Carnival Holiday.

Calvyn’s time with Carnival has had many highlights, including being chosen as part of the inaugural team for Carnival Magic and Breeze, leading Carnival Legend for its inaugural Baltic season, becoming known to guests as the “Morning Show” co-host, and serving as executive assistant to John Heald, Carnival’s brand ambassador.

Carnival Celebration is part of Carnival’s new Excel-class and the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which entered service last year as the first ship in North America to run on a liquefied natural gas propulsion system.

The vessel will arrive to its home, PortMiami, in November and debut along with the port’s redesigned Terminal F.

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