Rose Parade float to herald Carnival Panorama's California debut

Fun Ship features like Carnival's distinctive funnel, a Lido Deck party and Carnival Panorama first Sky Zone will all be depicted on the float Fun Ship features like Carnival's distinctive funnel, a Lido Deck party and Carnival Panorama first Sky Zone will all be depicted on the float

Carnival Cruise Line will kick off its 2019 West Coast expansion on New Year’s Day with its first float in the annual Rose Parade, heralding Carnival Panorama's arrival in December next year.

More than 80m viewers worldwide

A floral replica of the ship is expected to be seen by 700,000 spectators at the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 1, as well as a worldwide television audience of more than 80m.

First Sky Zone at sea

The float will reveal a new feature of Carnival Panorama—the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea—and other signature Fun Ship features like the red and blue funnel, a water park and a Lido Deck party.

Comprised of tens of thousands of petals meticulously applied by hand, the 55-foot-long float will sail the five-mile parade route showing off touches such as flowers from more than 100 countries to represent the number of nations that Carnival employees hail from. The float will also show snorkelers on a shore excursion and RedFrog and BlueIguana poolside bars.

As a replica of the Carnival AirShip flies over the float, fitness enthusiasts will be jumping into the fun on a Sky Zone trampoline built into the front of the float.

Deshauna Barber appearance

Celebrating Carnival's role as the cruise line that carries the most military personnel, the float also salutes the men and women of the Armed Forces with an appearance by former Miss USA Deshauna Barber, godmother of Carnival Panorama’s sister ship, Carnival Vista, and the first active member of the military to serve as Miss USA.

Every Carnival cruise includes a shipboard tribute to honor past and present US service personnel.

'Carnival is the number one cruise line on the West Coast and the arrival of Carnival Panorama next December will only strengthen our position as the most fun vacation in the region,' cruise line president Christine Duffy said.

Sky Zone president Jeff Platt said that being part of the Rose Parade is an unforgettable way for his Los Angeles-based company to announce its first trampoline park at sea.

'Come Sail Away'

Designed by Carnival’s in-house creative team and Fiesta Parade Floats, the Panorama float's construction began in mid-November and is expected to encompass 10 designers collectively working hundreds of hours. This year’s Rose Parade is themed 'The Melody of Life' and Carnival will encourage parade fans to 'Come Sail Away.'

Carnival Panorama is scheduled to debut with a three-day inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by the launch of year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera service on Dec. 14. The ship joins Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration to carry upwards of 600,000 passengers annually from the West Coast—more than any other cruise operator.

Posted 26 November 2018

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