MIAMI (January 15, 2008) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ As part of a unique ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day promotion, Carnival Cruise Lines is awarding a free Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â cruise to a couple who submits the most romantic story to the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site, carnival.com.
Through the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Read My ValentineÃ¢â‚¬Â on-line contest, which runs from Jan. 14 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Feb. 14, 2008, couples can recount a romantic story about their partner on any topic theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d choose Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from an interesting Ã¢â‚¬Å“how we metÃ¢â‚¬Â tale to a memorable ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day gesture or their favorite romantic memory from a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â cruise.
The top five entries will be selected by a team of judges from Carnival and then posted on carnival.com where visitors to the site can vote for their number one choice. The contest winner will receive a four-day western Caribbean cruise for two in the luxurious ownerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suite aboard the 2,052-passenger Carnival Imagination from Miami or Carnival Inspiration from Tampa.
Both of these ships recently underwent multi-million-dollar upgrades as part of CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extensive Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬Â shipboard refurbishment program and feature such new amenities as a Serenity adults-only area, redesigned main pool, Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, and renovated 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club.
The winner will also have his or her story featured in the summer 2008 edition of Currents, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s travel publication mailed to more than three million of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s past guests.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day is a wonderful reminder to people to take the time to express their love for one another. And with Carnival such a popular venue for couples to celebrate special occasions, the Ã¢â‚¬ËœRead My ValentineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ promotion is a fun and engaging way to commemorate this treasured day,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Vicki Freed, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior vice president of sales and guest services.
In addition to being featured on flash banners on CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Read My ValentineÃ¢â‚¬Â contest will be promoted via e-mail blasts, CarnivalConnections.com, the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s online marketing community, as well as on the blog of Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald (accessible via carnival.com or johnhealdsblog.com). Official rules for the contest are posted on carnival.com.
Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe, the Greek Isles and South America.
The line currently has three new ships on order, including the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, set to launch CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first Northern European cruise program July 13, 2008, and the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to be the largest Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipsÃ¢â‚¬Â ever constructed when they enter service in October 2009 and June 2011, respectively.
For additional information on CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit carnival.com.