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Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate
Thanksgiving and the arrival of its newest cruise ship, Carnival Breeze, to
Miami, Carnival Cruise Lines is donating 137,500 meals to Feeding South Florida and erecting a 50-foot-tall inflatable turkey atop the ship.
The 1,250-pound nylon turkey — wearing a straw beach hat and colorful Hawaiian shirt — is scheduled to be displayed on
Wednesday, Nov. 21, in time for holiday festivities. The giant fowl will sit 14 stories above the waterline and gaze toward nearby McArthur Causeway until just before the ship makes its inaugural sailing from
Also on Wednesday, Carnival will present a charitable donation to Feeding South Florida that will provide 137,500 meals to families in need throughout
Palm Beach and
Pembroke Pines-based Feeding South Florida is the largest food bank in the state and a member of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. In 2011, Feeding South Florida distributed more than 30 million pounds of food valued at almost
$50 million within the
South Florida community.
As part of its
Thanksgiving celebration, the cruise line also is mounting a social media contest to give the giant turkey a moniker. The "Name the Giant Turkey Twitter Contest" will run from
Nov. 21-25. To participate, contestants use the hashtag #TurkeyOnDeck. Carnival will pick the top three names on
Monday, Nov. 26, with the winner announced later that day. The prize is a
$500 gift card to fund the winner's next holiday party.
The new 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze — the largest Carnival ship ever homeported in
South Florida — arrives at PortMiami
Wednesday, Nov. 21. The ship, which debuted this summer in
Europe, brings on-board innovations including a variety of new dining, bar and entertainment options that are part of the company's groundbreaking
$500 million fleetwide Fun Ship 2.0 product-enhancement program.
Following a two-day introductory cruise that departs
Thanksgiving Day, Carnival Breeze will launch year-round six- and eight-day
Caribbean cruises from
MiamiSaturday, Nov. 24.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com. Carnival can also be found on: