October 4, 2018.
First Cruise Line Presented with Prestigious ‘U.S. Honor Flag’ That Flew Over Ground Zero Following Sept. 11 Attacks and Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes
Carnival Cruise Line carries more military personnel and their families than any other cruise operator and is steadfast in their support of the troops and their families. As a military veteran myself, this means a great deal to me personally.
To recognize this, the company has been presented with the prestigious U.S. Honor Flag bestowed by the Miami-Dade Police Department Honor Guard.
Carnival is the first cruise company to receive this honor.
The U.S. Honor Flag flew over Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 attacks and since then has traveled 7 million miles, flying on the space shuttle Atlantis, and over the Pentagon, state capitols, presidential libraries, state and national memorials as well as funerals and tributes to fallen soldiers, police officers and first responders.
The presentation was made during a ceremony today at the cruise line’s Miami headquarters during which The Honor Flag was ceremoniously escorted by the Miami-Dade Police Department Honor Guard and positioned prominently on stage.
Following the official presentation of The Honor Flag and a poignant tribute to fallen heroes, The Honor Network President Chris Heisler presented Carnival President Christine Duffy with a pair of U.S. Honor Foundation embroidered gloves that are used every time the U.S. Honor Flag is handled. The custom gloves are now on permanent display at the company’s offices.
Carnival has been a longtime supporter of the military, hosting a military appreciation reception on every cruise and a proud partner of Operation Homefront, an organization whose goal is to build strong, stable and secure military families. The line recently hosted Humor for Heroes at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego that included an on-site comedy performance for 500 military members and their families and a sizable donation to Operation Homefront. Earlier this year, Duffy participated in the 88th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, an intensive weeklong exercise that is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense.
April 30, 2018.
Carnival and Operation Homefront host 100 couples for a ‘day date’ with fun and laughs
Carnival Cruise Line, which carries more active and retired military personnel than any other cruise operator, joined forces with Operation Homefront Sunday, April 29, 2018, to host a “day date” event for 100 military couples aboard Carnival Miracle at Port Tampa Bay in Florida.
The red carpet was rolled out for the couples who came on board for a day-long escape that included lunch and a comedy show with sets by Carnival Cruise Line comedians Jim Brick and Chase Elstner. To honor the attendees for their service to our country, Carnival also presented their Military Appreciation Salute, a tribute that is held for active and retired military personnel and their families who sail on every cruise. The salute features the showing of the colors (flags), the branch songs and National Anthem, concluding with all members of the military being invited on stage for a group photo.
This event is part of a continuing partnership between Carnival and Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization that builds strong, stable and secure military families. During its Honor.Family.Fun. program, Carnival focused on the importance of deployed military moms and dads re-learning how to play with their families once they’re back home. Since 2017, these programs have helped raise awareness and funds for Operation Homefront. Carnival will be hosting a series of these events at different home ports this year with locally based military personnel.
Tampa is an important homeport for Carnival Cruise Line and home to Macdill Air Force Base. Carnival operates two year-round ships out of Port Tampa Bay — Carnival Miracle and Carnival Paradise — carrying an estimated 280,000 passengers annually from Tampa, the most of any cruise operator.
November 2, 2017.
In honor of Veterans Day, Carnival Cruise Line is enhancing its military offerings benefiting active duty, honorably discharged, and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The cruise line is launching a new monthly cruise giveaway for military families who attend one of Carnival’s military appreciation events held on board during every cruise across the fleet. Additionally, a special booking incentive in November provides special discounts for military personnel which are combinable with the line’s already-low Early Saver rates.
Beginning this November, Carnival’s shipboard military appreciation events will feature a chance for military families to win a free three- to eight-day cruise from any U.S. homeport to the Bahamas, Caribbean or Mexico. One drawing per month will be held from all entries received fleetwide, with the monthly winners to be announced on the Facebook page of Carnival’s well-known cruise director turned brand ambassador, John Heald. The events will also feature a moving new video tribute honoring the Armed Forces and narrated by Carnival President Christine Duffy.
A special booking promotion for active and retired military personnel running from Nov. 3-14, 2017, provides a $50 onboard credit per cabin plus a two-category upgrade and reduced deposits from $99 per person, which can be combined with Carnival’s highly attractive Early Saver rates. In addition, guests who qualify for the promotion can book up to two additional staterooms with the same bonuses and pricing.