News Release


Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal Virtually Officiates Across Entire Carnival Fleet

MIAMI, Feb. 14, 2024 – Love is in the air…and at sea! Carnival Cruise Line is celebrating Valentine’s Day in a big way once again by inviting couples sailing on its ships to take part in its largest-ever vow renewal at sea. Virtually officiated by Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, the fleetwide ceremony is even bigger than last year – since two new ships – Carnival Venezia and Carnival Jubilee – are giving even more guests the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to each other.
            An onboard reception follows each ceremony, including a DJ and a champagne toast to celebrate the newly renewed couples. And to add to the fun, there is an onboard kiss-cam spotlighting couples on the big screen of the Seaside Theater.
            “People meet, get engaged and get married on Carnival cruise ships and our Valentine’s Day vow renewals are an extension of how couples love to cruise with Carnival, and we’re delighted to offer this ceremony to more guests than ever before,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Love and fun go hand in hand, so a vow renewal or wedding ceremony is even more special when it’s part of a Carnival cruise. We have a team of experienced planners who make it their mission to ensure unforgettable celebrations between loved ones and their friends and families.”
Carnival gives thousands of guests the opportunity to sail away with love by offering a variety of ceremonies at sea or on beautiful destinations through the Weddings by Carnival program. Last year, more than 1,220 weddings and vow renewals took place. Whether guests want to plan an engagement, wedding, honeymoon or vow renewal, Carnival offers a wide selection of personalized packages and itineraries to make this an unforgettable moment. For more information, click here.
Building on an already large portfolio of options for hosting special celebrations, Carnival also recently announced its upcoming exclusive destination Celebration Key will include an events pavilion that is dedicated to hosting weddings, vow renewals and other special events.
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.
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Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is the first cruise line to sail over 100 million guests and is proud to be known as America's Cruise Line, for carrying more Americans and serving more U.S. homeports than any other. Since its founding in 1972, Carnival has continually revolutionized the cruise industry and popularized the cruise vacation as an affordable and fun travel option. Carnival operates from 14 U.S. and two Australian homeports and employs more than 40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities. Carnival currently sails 27 ships and continues an exciting period of growth with an all-new exclusive destination, Celebration Key, set to debut on Grand Bahama in summer 2025.