Thursday, September 11, 2008

Carnival's "Fun Ship" Freddy Turns Six

Has it really been that long since we first met the big guy with the infectious smile? “Fun Ship” Freddy recently celebrated his sixth birthday during parties planned for him throughout the entire Carnival fleet.

Kids from “Camp Carnival” and youth counselors went all out to make sure that Freddy’s birthday was memorable, creating colorful birthday cards and banners and enjoying custom-designed birthday cakes created by the food and beverage staff. Freddy was obviously thrilled with the festivities–he couldn’t quit smiling and had a perpetual grin throughout each and every celebration.

Featured on all 22 Carnival ships, “Fun Ship” Freddy–Carnival’s fun-loving mascot with a funnel-shaped head–is roughly six feet tall and is normally decked out in his customary cruise staff uniform, with oversized white gloves and sneakers, and, of course, the requisite Carnival ID badge. “Fun Ship” Freddy naturally dons a tux for formal night.

In addition to greeting passengers of all ages and interacting with everyone aboard ship, “Fun Ship” Freddy poses for photos throughout each voyage and is often found in the children’s play areas, the focal point of many “Camp Carnival” activities.

Those hired to portray “Fun Ship” Freddy must undergo an intensive shoreside training session followed by a four-day “test run” in full costume aboard ship before being hired.

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