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Lindsey Wilkerson – whose inspirational story has taken her from a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to an employee within the organization and ambassador helping share its message of hope and inspiration – serves as godmother to the new Carnival Magic. She officially named the vessel during a shipboard ceremony that took place May 1 in Venice, Italy, prior to the ship's inaugural voyage.


"It took your hearts ... and your loving minds ... and your generous souls to make this fabulous dream come true," says Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thomas dreamed of building a state-of-the-art children's cancer research facility in Memphis, TN. In 1962, as St. Jude opened its doors to young patients from around the country, that dream was realized. As Carnival commits to raise $3 million over the next three years through our "Care to Play" giving campaign, we're helping one more dream come true: ending childhood cancer once and for all.


Check out the Carnival Block Party. We shed everything corporate and got outside to have a little fun for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Kicking off our efforts to raise $3 million over the next three years through the Care to Play giving campaign, it was our way of throwing a little momentum toward the cause. From the fun team and dancing Fun Force to a dunk tank complemented by the antics of Funship Freddy, we all got in the groove and raised some money for our favorite children's research hospital.


As part of our fundraising efforts to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and in conjunction with the launch of our new ship, CARNIVAL DREAM, a 17-foot tall children's storybook was created. That's right, 17 feet tall - with some great press and pretty happy kids to prove it. The book, the Dream Plucker of Perrysport, helped spread the word about the continued efforts of St. Jude and was a great way to make a difference in the lives of some special kids along the way.

our commitment

We know how to have fun, and what better way to use this than for a good cause? That's why we're proud to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® and are committed to raising
3 million dollars, and possibly even surpassing that. Our Care to PlaySM campaign, which gets Carnival guests involved in fun, games and surprises, supports a really great cause – helping
St. Jude continue its work for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

the ST. JUDE fun gauge year one

There is nothing more important than helping people who need it. That's why we've been so committed to helping St. Jude Children's Research Hospital raise money. And with things on board like Groove for St. Jude, our children's Beary Cuddly Workshop and Towel Creations sales, hopefully we won't just reach our goal – we'll surpass it.

Carnival Care to Play Guage