Carnival's 'Seuss at Sea' to bring author's creations onboard

By Rebecca Tobin
NEW YORK — Oh, the places you'll go. Carnival Cruise Lines has a new partnership for its kids and family programming: Dr. Seuss.

Seuss at Sea, a multipronged partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, will bring Theodor Seuss Geisel's creations onboard in a variety of formats. During the unveiling of the partnership onboard the Carnival Splendor here last week, executives of Carnival and Seuss Enterprises, all sporting Cat-in-the-Hat-inspired hats, said Seuss was something an entire family could enjoy together.

"This is the first time Seuss has set sail, so to speak," said Caroline Lombardi, the line's director of youth experiences, after a bevy of Seuss characters, including the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Sam I Am and Things 1 and 2, danced through the Splendor's El Morocco lounge.

One of the elements is the Green Eggs and Ham breakfast with Cat in the Hat and Friends. A sample of the breakfast was provided, and it included appropriately whimsical decor and menus with passages from the books (the infamous green eggs and Truffula Tree pancakes are among the offerings). The Lorax, the Cat, the Things and others will circulate for photos and signatures.

The breakfast will be offered the first sea day of each cruise, priced at $5 per guest.

Other plans include cabin decor available for purchase that will transform a cabin into what Lombardi called a "Seussical wonderland." Toys and activities will be available in Camp Carnival.

A Seuss-a-palooza Character Parade will include a "swirly conga line" that will ultimately lead participants to an interactive, all-ages reading event, with face painting, family games and other activities.

And there will be a full collection of Seuss books onboard.

"We want parents to engage, check out a book, read to their kids, so we'll give them that chance on every ship," Lombardi said.

The Splendor will be the first ship where Seuss will be available; Carnival aims to complete 10 ships in 2014, with the remainder of the fleet completed in 2015.
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