October 9, 2017.
Carnival Cruise Line and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to offer a series of fun, educational shipboard activities designed to promote kindness, compassion and generosity among its younger cruisers and inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s book Horton Hears a Who!
Part of an annual national campaign by Dr. Seuss, the new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” activities are rolling out this month across the Carnival fleet and complement existing programming within Seuss at Sea, the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Published in 1940, Horton Hears a Who! is one of Dr. Seuss’ most famous and cherished books. It tells the story of Horton the Elephant, a loyal and faithful creature who discovers a tiny planet that is home to a community called Whoville. Despite objections from his disbelieving friends, Horton vows to protect Whoville, proclaiming throughout the book that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Patterned after the book’s universal message of love and acceptance, the new shipboard programming will include a “pledge to be kind” activity where kids and their families are encouraged to write down their kindness pledges that will be posted on a special banner on board with prizes awarded for the most creative and heartfelt submissions. Kids can also create friendship bracelets and other keepsakes as part of the Horton Hears a Who!-themed arts and crafts with screenings of the iconic movie shown on board throughout the month of October.
Horton Hears a Who! also takes center stage as part of the line’s ongoing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade and Story Time during which kids and their families participate in a swirly parade down the ships’ promenade followed by an interactive reading of the book in the main show lounge where the young and the young at heart portray different characters in the book.
In addition to the new “Be Kind/Dare to Care” shipboard activities, other offerings within Seuss at Sea include The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, Dr. Seuss Bookville, a family reading venue on select ships, including the new Carnival Horizon set to debut next year, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies shown on board.
May 11, 2017.
MSC Cruises is offering younger guests the opportunity to star in its popular web series ‘Kelly & Kloe.’ Onboard auditions are now open as the show gears up for its second season.
Following the success of the first series of Kelly & Kloe and accompanying onboard experience, the new series will consist of four episodes, each with its own theme — an episode on the brand new mega ship MSC Meraviglia, seasonal episodes for Halloween and Christmas, and a special themed episode, Masquerade.
To date, the web series and trailer have been enjoyed by over 1.5 million people on the website and social media. More than 40,000 children have taken part in the on board Kelly and Kloe experience day where the fun of the series is brought to life through a range of interactive activities.
MSC Cruises has opened auditions for all children on board between the ages of 8 and 17 for a number of roles in the new series. Auditions will be filmed via a green screen experience, where the children will perform the show’s theme song and dance routine and explain on camera why they would like to be featured. Parents can also purchase this video to take home as a souvenir from their cruise. (The video is loaded on a USB stick and sells for $22.)
All entries across the entire MSC Cruises fleet will be collected and reviewed by a judging panel including members of the MSC Cruises’ entertainment division as well as the writer, series producer and director of the series. Judges include Roberto Cuccarini, Roberto di Napoli and Andrea Parodi, all well known for their TV work and musical theatre productions. Casting will run until January 2018 with characters being selected in June, September, and November 2017, and January 2018.
Fans of the Kelly & Kloe series can stay tuned for four brand new episodes which will be available to watch on the following dates:
- MSC Meraviglia: September 15, 2017
- Halloween: October 20, 2017
- Christmas: December 15, 2017
- Masquerade: February 9, 2018
For more information on MSC Cruises family offering please visit: https://www.msccruisesusa.com/en-us/Discover-MSC/Family-Cruises.aspx
To find out more about Kelly and Kloe and to watch series one, please visit www.kellyandkloe.com