National Ice Cream Day with the Carnival Ecstasy
On August 1st, MASC member Gary Santos arranged a visit for 44 children from the Connie Maxwell’s Children’s Home to the Carnival Ecstasy for National Ice Cream Day. Prior to debarking their bus to board the Ecstasy for a day of swimming in the pools, playing on the slides, enjoying lunch and making ice cream sundaes, Gary boarded their bus to talk about tourism and how the cruise ships perform a turn-around. Many of them live in land-locked areas and this is the first time they were able to see a cruise ship up close. Pictured above is a group shot of the kids, their chaperones and various officials from Carnival and Customs and Border Protection. The gentleman in front (in the wheel chair) is the oldest Connie Maxwell alumni, at 97 years old, and lives nearby. He still loves visiting with the kids at the Children’s Home but indicated this was likely the last time he would be able to visit with the children again. The crowning act was a presentation of a $20,000.00 donation to the Children's Home. It was a great day for Carnival, Inchcape Shipping Services and our industry.