It’s always nice to tie the cruise column to hot news, current events, or something seasonal. As we approach the presidential election, we have just the ticket.

No, we aren’t going to say whether one of the candidates prefers a certain cruise line or destination. Nor will we opine about which candidate will be a better friend to the industry. In fact, we aren’t going to even have an adult perspective. Our election topic is about fun with kids and teaching them something along the way. Carnival Cruise lines has just the ticket with its newest program.

With Election Day rapidly approaching, it turns out a new candidate has tossed a hat into the ring: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat is running for president as the kids’ candidate. And, Carnival Cruise Line will serve as the Official Seagoing Headquarters for the cat’s presidential campaign. More interesting, he selected not one, but two running mates, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Like many candidates, he even has a new book, One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote.

Elections can be filled with passion and emotion, and many children can easily get the wrong message. Voting is important, so let’s start them off on a happy note to establish some good thoughts on the concept at an early age.

The concept is spread throughout the Carnival fleet. Each Carnival ship, now through the end of the election, has the Cat in the Hat doing all the typical campaign motions: shaking hands, passing out stickers, leading parades, and smiling for photo opportunities. It’s all part of his platform of “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Carnival also offers a variety of educational activities that teach kids about the importance of voting and the election process. But it’s not all studious. It’s fun!


Onboard activities

Activities such as patriotic face painting, arts and crafts sessions where kids create colorful posters, and a presidential parade led by the Cat in the Hat himself add to the fun. Kids even get to vote in ballot boxes located in Camp Ocean/Camp Carnival on each ship. They vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book and receive a certificate.

Better yet, and more fun, kids can even star in the Cat in the Hat’s official campaign commercial, which will be shown on the in-cabin TV channels on each ship. Imagine their thrill as they see themselves on TV.

“Carnival is the number one cruise line for families and we’re delighted to team up with our partner, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, to celebrate the release of this fantastic new book and the launch of the Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign to help kids understand the importance of voting in a fun yet educational way,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We are so happy that Carnival is serving as the ‘Official Seagoing Headquarters’ for The Cat in the Hat for President, and we know the Cat will have fun on board as the kids’ candidate, showing kids that every vote counts,” said Susan Brandt, of Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP.

Carnival’s Seuss at Sea program features exciting youth, family, dining, and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.

The program includes such popular activities as the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time and The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games, and popular movies. Dr. Seuss Bookville, a colorful family reading venue, is featured aboard Carnival Freedom and the new Carnival Vista, which debuted earlier this year.

Carnival has long been a leader in innovative ways to incorporate children’s learning and family fun into a vacation at sea. We applaud this timely learning experience for future voters.

For additional information on the Cat in the Hat’s campaign, visit

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Bon voyage!


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