Carnival's Famous Literary Connection

Dr. Seuss-1 copyLike many before and after him, it's doubtful that T. S. Geisel could ever have imagined that his life's work would be turned into Broadway plays and motion pictures, be called as important as the Bible and — now — be intricately and intrinsically linked to cruise ships and the people who travel on them.

This is not the famous writer T.S. Eliot, it's T.S. Geisel, a famous author and illustrator better known by his primary pseudonym.

Dr. Seuss.

Right, the Cat In The Hat man. How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Green Eggs and Ham. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

His works are spreading to 24 cruise ships, all of them under the Carnival funnel. His 46 children's book, or at least some of them, will be on board. So will some of Dr. Seuss-signaturehis characters, Thing One and Thing Two…Sam…and The Cat. His green eggs and ham will be on the menu (he fish will be out in the ocean, not on the plate). There will be story time for kids of all ages. Seuss movies. Photo-ops. Artwork. A parade.

It's all part of Seuss at Sea, and when the Carnival Freedom emerges from a major refurbishment in May it will have a play space dedicated to and created around all things Seuss. The same goes for the Vista, Carnival's new ship in 2016.

It has been more than two decades since Dr. Seuss left his work behind, at the age of 87. Every year on March 2, his birthday, it's Read Across America Day — a reading Dr. Seuss-Catinitiative. In the writing community he was known for working in what is called anapestic tetrameter, rhythmic units composed on two weak syllables followed by a strong one. Carnival's creative people sized on his style in announcing the connection to the ships:

"One ship, two ships, it's Dr. Seuss on cruise ships!"

One of his life's ironies is the mis-pronunciation of his famous name, which was in fact his middle name, pronouncing it "Soyce"…as in "voice." While he eventually accepted the more popular pronunciation, the conflict prompted one of his collaborators to write this:

You're wrong as the deuce
And you shouldn't rejoice
If you're calling him Seuss
He pronounces it Soice

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January 4, 2014
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