Dr. Seuss, Evan Longoria, Puppies and a Cruise Ship…Oh My!

Dr Seuss and Carnival Cruise Lines

How else would I title a post with so much awesome in it?

On Thursday I made the drive from Orlando to Tampa for a special event. Carnival Cruise Line and its partner Dr. Seuss Enterprises teamed up to celebrate the release of the new Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?” with a special book reading by Tampa Bay Rays all-star third baseman Evan Longoria to summer camp kids aboard Carnival Paradise at the Port of Tampa.

Let’s break this post down shall we?

Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss What Pet Should I Get Book

“What Pet Should I Get?” is the first new Dr. Seuss book to be released in 25 years. How can a deceased author release a new book you might be asking yourself?  “What Pet Should I Get” is based on an original manuscript and accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, that was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author.

Puppies from the SPCA

Carnival Cruise Lines Puppies from the Tampa Bay SPCA

“What Pet Should I Get?” retells the story of what happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick out a pet? Naturally the Tampa Bay chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was on hand with three of the most adorable puppies.

Carnival Cruise Line presented the animal loving organization with a check for $5,000 that afternoon. Epic “High-Five” Carnival!

Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria reads Dr Seuss "What Pet Should I Get" Book to Children on Carnival Cruise Lines

Donning Dr. Seuss’ signature striped hat and surrounded by rescue dogs from the SPCA, Longoria delighted children with a spirited reading of “What Pet Should I Get?”.

Longoria announced that he would be donating $100 to Pet Pal Animal Shelter for every home run he hits during the 2015 season. Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to match that donation. They also presented the pet shelter with a check for $2,000.

“I was thrilled to participate in this very special event that not only provided local kids with an opportunity to be among the first to read along with the newest Dr. Seuss book but also supports a cause that I hold close to my heart,” said Longoria, a three-time all-star who is Tampa Bay’s all-time leader in home runs and runs batted in and also earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2008.  “With Carnival matching my own pledge of $100 to Pet Pal Animal Shelter for every home run I hit, I’m really looking forward to a great second half with the Rays.”

Carnival Cruise Line Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast

Carnival Cruise Lines Dr Seuss Brunch on the Carnival Paradise

Following the reading, the children and their chaperones joined the The Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 for Carnival’s popular Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program. 

Launched in 2014, Seuss at Sea is a fleetwide program featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.   The program includes such fun activities as the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time, as well as character interactions, Dr. Seuss toys and games and popular movies.

Ready for your own Seuss at Sea experience? You can book a cruise directly at Carnival.com or call 1-800-CARNIVAL.