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Carnival builds world's largest cruise ship from cans in New Orleans

Voila! A Fun Ship made of food cans (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)
More than 17,000 donated cans of food went into building the world's largest cruise ship made of cans, culminating Carnival Cruise Line's Holiday Food & Fund drive in New Orleans. The drive benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The ship was displayed at Monday night's New Orleans Saints game.

Carnival is the 'Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints' and the 30-foot-long ship capped the Holiday Food & Fund drive involving New Orleans-area schools. It was sponsored by Carnival and the NFL franchise.

The can structure was built in consultation with the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects and required more than 100 volunteers to position the cans—one at a time—to create the reproduction of a Fun Ship.

Both Carnival and the New Orleans Saints provided incentives to students to participate in the food drive by awarding classroom prizes including pizza parties, Saints lithograph footballs and free cruises to schools that collected the most cans. The winning schools were announced during half-time at the game.

The joint initiative will provide more than 75,000 meals for those in need in the greater New Orleans area this holiday season.