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Canned Applause For Carnival

The record will show that in Monday Night Football this week, the winners were the Detroit Lions. The disappointing Lions went into New Orleans and beat the equally disappointing Saints 35-27.

But the Lions weren’t the only winners, thanks to Carnival Cruise Line, which saw to it that a lot of New Orleans people did not go away as empty-handed as their Saints.

As the local football team’s “official cruise line” Carnival will provide more than 75,000 meals to hungry families and/or homeless people in the Louisiana mecca during the

Volunteers from the Second Harvest Food Bank work on the world's largest Carnival cruise ship made of cans. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

Volunteers from the Second Harvest Food Bank work on world’s largest Carnival cruise ship made of cans. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)

holiday season, in a joint initiative. It didn’t happen overnight — neither did MNF’s win and loss for the NFL teams — and it involved students from New Orleans-area schools. Carnival and the Saints provided the incentives (from pizza parties to autographed footballs free cruises for the schools that collected the most cans of food).

Monday night was the celebration, at half-time.

To mark it, Carnival volunteers created “the world’s largest cruise ship built of canned food.” The 17,000 cans of food were part of the haul that will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank in time for Christmas.

There are currently two Carnival ships based in New Orleans — the Dream and the Elation  with the Triumph arriving in the spring to replace the smaller Elation. So the cruise line has a vested interest in being the good corporate citizen. At Christmas, many people in The Big Easy are grateful for that.

In the news…

• Disney drops Greece, Turkey from 2016 Mediterranean cruises
• Grounding damages Windstar’s Star Pride in Panama; cruise canceled
• Carnival Corporation to use 100 per cent cage-free eggs on ships

Today at portsandbows.comDiana Ross on the Carnival Breeze

Carnival Inspiration
4 nights
February 29, 2016
Los Angeles (return): Catalina Island, Ensenada
Inside: $179
Cost per day: $44

Man of Many Interests, Man of Many Talents…Man of Quantum's Sports Plex

For somebody just 35 years old, Dhani Jones has lived an intriguing, diversified life. Linebacker in the NFL for 11 years with three teams, one of which played in the Super Bowl. Founding partner of a New York creative agency. Star in a TV show (Dhani Tackles The Globe) on the Travel Channel, where viewers watch him — in 20 episodes over two seasons — learn to play Dhani Jonesunfamiliar sports around the world. Author of a book about his world odyssey. And now…

Advisor for Quantum of the Seas.

When Royal Caribbean's new ship arrives next year, a part of it will wear the footprint of Jones, the way football fields and running backs did ever since he began making a name for himself as a Michigan Wolverine. In his newest position, bruises will be minimal.

What Jones is trying to do for Royal Caribbean customers is make Quantum of the Seas unforgettable. That's unforgettable in an active sense…because Quantum will have the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea. It includes bumper cars, roller skating and a circus school, to complement sports and fitness programming in the Sports Deck, where Quantum customers will ride the surf, climb the wall and make simulated sky dives.

All of these things Jones will do himself, of course, in order to tweak what has already been developed to make it more…interesting, challenging, invigorating.

"I have a natural affinity for sports," he says. "I have a natural affinity for travel, for fitness, for the adventure of life, and when you put all those together you have a match for Royal Caribbean."

Jones has been working with the cruise line since June. His footprint will be seen when Quantum of the Seas is launched about one year from now.

Photo by Phil Konstantin

Celebrity Eclipse
13 nights
April 19, 2014
Fort LauderdaleNassauKing's WharfPonta DelgadaLondon
Inside: $764
Cost per day: $58

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