First-Ever “Betty Boop” Fan Cruise to Set Sail 10/9/08 on Carnival Elation

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MIAMI, Jan 17 – Carnival Cruise Lines and Jason Coleman, Inc., a producer of celebrity-hosted fan cruises, have partnered to offer the “Betty Boop Fan Cruise,” the first authentic, fully licensed specialty cruise that celebrates the legendary “Queen of Cartoons” Betty Boop. The five-day cruise aboard the “Fun Ship” Carnival Elation is scheduled to depart from San Diego, Calif., on October 9, 2008, and will visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. This exclusive voyage will feature one-of-a-kind opportunities for fans to take part in special Boop events, screenings, and parties, take photos with Betty herself, and learn about the latest collectibles and Betty Boop apparel to look for in 2008 and 2009. Each guest will also receive a special gift bag with Betty Boop goodies, news, and more. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to attend a special photo, autograph, and Q & A event hosted by Mark Fleischer, President of Fleischer Studios and grandson of animation pioneer and Betty Boop creator, Max Fleischer.

“The Betty Boop Fan Cruise” will celebrate the beloved Betty Boop, her history-making debut as the first animated screen siren, and her influence on pop culture, fashion, and fun. Other activities will include Q&A sessions, a unique chance to share and trade Betty Boop collectibles, a Betty Boop welcome party with photo opportunities, and more. Jason Coleman, Inc. will work with Fleischer Studios and King Features to create an unforgettable event. As the worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop, King Features works closely with Fleischer Studios to keep Betty entertaining her fans. Fans can learn more about the cruise at www.bettyboopfancruise.com.

“This cruise offers a fantastic opportunity for Betty Boop fans to come together and experience an outstanding vacation they will never forget, and to celebrate a character that has brought decades of joy, entertainment, and smiles to fans around the world,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.

First introduced in the 1930s, Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer for his “Talkartoons” series, the first “talkies” of animation, which Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, produced for Paramount. Mae Questel provided Betty’s distinctive voice. By 1932 Betty, considered to be the first and only female animated screen star, had taken the country by storm. Betty starred in more than 100 cartoons, 90 of which are included in the official “Betty Boop” series which ended in 1939. Since then, Betty has appeared in dozens of hit movies, television specials and commercials. She was the first cartoon character to be profiled by A&E’s “Biography” series.

The “Fun Ship” Carnival Elation features a diverse selection of lounges, bars and nightspots, along with a 12,000-square-foot health and fitness center, Wi-Fi Internet access, cellular phone service, and three pools, one of which features the line’s signature “Twister Waterslide.” The 2,052-passenger vessel also houses three restaurants, including two elegant main dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists, and a poolside eatery offering a wide variety of cuisine, in addition to 24-hour pizza and self-serve ice cream/frozen yogurt. A sushi bar and complimentary 24-hour stateroom service are also available.

“I am ecstatic to be working with Carnival Cruise Lines, Fleischer Studios, and King Features to bring this great vacation event opportunity to life for Betty Boop fans,” said Jason Coleman, President of Jason Coleman, Inc. “This is an exclusive opportunity for fans to interact with fellow Betty Boop enthusiasts and collectors, meet top experts, and enjoy a wonderful cruise experience on the beautiful ‘Fun Ship,’ Carnival Elation.” Jason Coleman, Inc. is currently accepting reservations for the upcoming “Betty Boop Fan Cruise” aboard the Carnival Elation, which includes all “Betty Boop” activities. For additional information or to book, call Jason Coleman at (877) 269-0272, or visit www.bettyboopfancruise.com.