Carnival Cruise Line to Offer Build-A-Bear Workshops at Sea
PHOTO: Carnival Cruise Line's Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea (photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line).
Young passengers sailing with Carnival Cruise Line will soon be able to craft their own stuffed animal.
On Friday, the Miami-based cruise line announced it has formed a partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop to bring the beloved retail-entertainment experience to the high seas.
The first Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea will launch aboard the Carnival Dream, but the workshops will be available fleetwide by summer 2017.
Passengers aboard any one of Carnival's 25 cruise ships can expect to run into pop-up Build-A-Bear Workshop At Sea workstations, which will be located within the Camp Ocean facilities. What's more, Carnival will host Build-A-Bear At Sea parties on each cruise.
The events will include music, bear-themed snacks and opportunities for photos.
The pop-up workstations will be set up at designated times throughout the cruise and will include everything children need to build their bear or other animal. Monkeys, leopards and turtles are also available as well as a special St. Jude Bear that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"Build-A-Bear Workshop is a popular part of American culture and we’re delighted to provide our guests with an opportunity to make their own custom-designed bear and create a lifetime of memories," said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy in a statement.
Carnival said its ships carry roughly 700,000 children each year.
In her own statement accompanying Friday's announcement, Build-A-Bear Workshop president and CEO Sharon John said "our partnership with Carnival Cruise Line will offer passengers the chance to take part in the fun of making new furry friends while onboard."
In addition to dressing their bear, accessorizing it and recording their own special message via a recordable sound chip, children will be able to stuff their bear to achieve their desired cuddliness.
The price of the bears will start at $20 with outfits and accessories starting at $5.
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