Last updated: 08:00 PM ET, Tue August 04 2015

Carnival Cruise Line Hosts Celebrity Readings of New Dr. Seuss Book

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Line | Patrick Clarke | August 04, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line Hosts Celebrity Readings of New Dr. Seuss Book

In partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Carnival Cruise Line celebrated the recent release of the late Dr. Seuss' latest book, "What Pet Should I Get?" with a pair of celebrity book readings aboard ships in Tampa and New Orleans, the cruise line announced Monday.

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Evan Longoria read aloud to children aboard the Carnival Paradise in Tampa, while renowned local broadcaster Angela Hill read to a group aboard the Carnival Dream in New Orleans.

Longoria was accompanied by several rescue dogs from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) aboard the Carnival Paradise, with Carnival also announcing that it will match Longoria's donation of $100 to Pet Pal Animal Shelter for every home run he hits this season. 

So far, the 29-year-old has hit 11 homers in 2015.

After the reading was over, children were treated to Carnival's Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, which featured beloved Dr. Seuss characters The Cat in the Hat, Sam I am, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

The event is part of Carnival's fleetwide Seuss at Sea program, which launched last year.

"Carnival is the number one cruise line for families and we're delighted to team up with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the joy of reading to kids with these special presentations in Tampa and New Orleans while supporting local animal rescue organizations," said Carnival President Christine Duffy in a statement. "The kids were absolutely thrilled to have been treated to a reading of the first new Dr. Seuss book in 25 years and our most sincere thanks to Evan and Angela, as well as the SPCA, for the valuable work they do each and every day."


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