A Worldwide Day of Remembrance

It happens to all of us, to me …a lot. Sometimes you get that bug and have to get away and cruise. Last year, that day happened to be on Sept. 11, 2008. Working in media for the past nine years 9/11 has always had a great impact on me because of the listeners and every ones different reaction of the day. When I got off work that morning and headed to Port Canaveral to catch the Carnival Sensation, the back of my mind wondered if Carnival would do anything in remembrance of that day. After boarding the ship I didn’t have to wonder anymore because there it stood — old glory. Carnival had an American flag draped over the center atrium when you walked onto the ship that stood about twelve by eight feet long. This website was no where near inception back then so of course I didn’t think to take a picture. I regret that now.

The Carnival Sensation being a foreign flagged ship (Nassau,Bahamas), Carnival didn’t really have to do anything to remember this day, I mean lets face it — how many crew members on board are actually American?  Maybe one.  On top of the flag, hanging in the center atrium, the crew members sang patriotic tunes in the dining room that night at dinner. It really made me feel good and gave me a new respect for Carnival.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation mourned the loss of thousands Americans who died in the terrorist attacks. I am proud to be an American and proud that Carnival cruise lines took part in this day of remembrance that will be with us for the rest of our lives.  Thank you Carnival Cruise Lines.

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3 Responses

  1. Wow, you really should have taken a pic! That would have been awesome. I’ve always liked Carnival, but this story makes me like them even more 🙂

  2. How wonderful! You should have taken a picture. But just the mention of the scene is beautiful. No matter what the day is, I get goose bumps anytime I see an American Flag. God Bless to each and all who served or is serving.

  3. I was on a 5 day Cruise this past September on Carnival Destiny (love that ship). Not being in America and being in “cruise mode” we didn’t even realize that it was Septemeber 11th. Sitting at dinner about to finish up a foreign voice comes over the loud speaker saying that today was september 11th and while the crew wasn’t from America, America holds a special place in there heart. Music then started playing over the dinning room speakers and the man began to sing God Bless America.

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