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Carnival Cruise Line Salutes Military Women During Inaugural Fleet Week in Miami

Carnival Cruise Line Salutes Military Women During Inaugural Fleet Week in Miami

To celebrate the first Fleet Week activities in Miami and to kick off Mother’s Day weekend, Carnival Cruise Line honored over 150 female military members aboard Carnival Conquest.

During the program, Vera Lannek, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and vice president of strategic sourcing for Carnival Corporation, expressed her deep thanks for the impact of the women’s military service.

Navy veteran Vera Lannek, VP of strategic sourcing for Carnival Corporation, shares a commemorative coin with a service member (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival Conquest Cruise Director Stjepan Neral oversaw the recognition of the military branches, with each military member receiving a special commemorative challenge coin from Carnival. The program also offered specific honors for military teams that aid in maritime rescues.

“As America’s cruise line, we carry more active military members and veterans than any other cruise line, so it’s our honor to host this special salute to military women as part of Fleet Week in Miami, where we’re headquartered and sail five of our beautiful ships,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We want all members of the military to know that we greatly appreciate their service and their sacrifice,” Duffy stated in a press release.

Carnival Conquest officers and crew applaud as female military members were honored during Fleet Week in Miami (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Fleet Week is an annual celebration that recognizes the many outstanding accomplishments made by men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Fleet Week Miami, which began on May 5 and runs through May 12, offers a variety of community outreach activities and events, including performances by Navy and Marine Corps bands, guided ship tours, ceremonies, and tributes to service members.

Carnival celebrates the military on every sailing with a military appreciation gathering. Last year, Carnival hosted over 1,500 military gatherings attended by tens of thousands of people across the fleet.

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Are you a member of the military or a veteran? Do you feel that Carnival supports active service members and veterans more than other cruise lines? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Carrie Ann Karstunen