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Characters at sea: Carnival Cruise Line features Dr. Seuss favorites

b4You may be a big fan of Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure, and other Dr. Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2 who hang out there all year ’round, but did you know you can also celebrate Seuss at Sea on Carnival Cruise Line?

The Carnival Fun Ships have plenty of fun for adults, but they’re also kid-friendly, with activities and adventures for the younger family members. Seuss at Sea brings storytelling, parades, crafts, and other activities to the Carnival fleet. Best of all, it also includes everyone’s favorite Seussian meal: green eggs and ham. Sign up for the Seuss breakfast and you’ll dine on the title dish while you meet Sam I Am himself, along with other characters.

I was recently on board the Carnival Paradise in Tampa, and I can personally attest that green eggs and ham is delicious. If it looks a little too adventurous for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other, more conventional options, like waffles, pancakes, and French toast, as well as a hearty steak and eggs breakfast. No member of the family will go hungry, no matter how fussy. Since the green eggs and ham is serve on English muffins, I added some of the Bearnaise sauce that’s normally part of the streak option and created an impromptu version of eggs Benedict.


The breakfast isn’t just some Seuss-themed food plopped randomly into a restaurant. The decor is whimsical, In Seuss-inspired colors, and there’s even an ice sculpture of the Cat in the Hat himself to greet you:


The food is quite creative, too. For example, both the pancakes and the strawberry parfait are make to resemble the Cat’s distinctive red and white striped hat:



Even the servers get in the fun. performing a little dance number:


Have your camera handy, as the characters all come by for photos while you’re dining. In addition to Sam I Am, I met the Cat and both of the Things.




The Dr. Seuss/Carnival partnership extends beyond just having the characters and activities on board. Tampa Rays baseball star Evan Longoria recently came on board the Carnival Paradise to read Dr. Seuss’s new book, “What Pet Should I Get,” to a group of youngsters. To see how his appearance benefited homeless pets, check out my latest article in my Doggone Orlando blog:

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