Carnival Benefit Contest for Kids

The company announced the Virtual Book of Dreams contest for North American children

In celebration of Carnival Cruise Lines’ new Carnival Dream, the company announced the Virtual Book of Dreams contest, inviting North American children from 7 to 12 to complete the thought “I’m always dreaming up fun stuff. Wouldn’t it be awesome if…” in 250 words or less. From August 18, 2009 until September 18, 2009, parents or legal guardians of children between the ages of 7 to 12 can submit their child’s written dream entry and corresponding hand-drawn illustration online at

Submissions will be judged upon creativity and originality of the dream, expression and emotional content. In late September four finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges along with a Wild Card finalist selected via public online voting at A final round of public online voting that will run through the beginning of October.

The Grand Prize Winner will be the Godchild of the Carnival WaterWorks water slide aboard the Carnival Dream and invited to participate in a ship christening ceremony in New York City in mid-November. The winning family will also receive a two-night cruise aboard Carnival Dream. All other finalists will receive digital cameras and other prizes from Carnival.

Carnival will make a $2 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every entry received and $1 for each vote, with a maximum contribution of $25,000 donated to St. Jude. St. Jude is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.