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Carnival salutes military men, women with Heroes Tribute Bar

Carnival salutes military men, women with Heroes Tribute Bar
Jackie Sheckler Finch

As part of its longstanding support of military men and women, Carnival Cruise Line has debuted its “Heroes Tribute Bar,” a first-of-its-kind venue on the new Carnival Panorama. The special bar salutes America’s military heroes.

“The Heroes Tribute Bar is a project that is very near and dear to my heart and one that everyone at Carnival is extremely proud of,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We’re always looking for new ways to honor our military heroes and this new outlet is a wonderful tribute to the sacrifices of our Armed Services personnel and their families, and is a wonderful complement to our extremely popular military tributes which are held on each and every Carnival cruise,” Duffy said in a news release.

Duffy also said that a portion of the proceeds from the new entertainment and gathering spot will benefit Carnival partner, Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong, stable and secure military families.

The Heroes Tribute Bar features an All-American décor with logos of the five armed service branches of the US. Military as well as patriotic and military memorabilia throughout the room.

The venue’s walls are lined with photos and messages centering on three main themes – Welcome Home, Thank you for Your Service and America’s Heroes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our longstanding partnership with Christine Duff and the entire Carnival Cruise Line team to raise awareness and support for our troops and their families,” Brig. Gen. (ret) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront, said in a news release.

“Their new Heroes Tribute Bar on board Carnival Panorama is a shining example of their desire to honor and celebrate this amazing group of our fellow citizens and provide a special venue where we can thank them for all they have done for all of us,” Pray said.

Specialty cocktails will be offered and served in a custom print glass with a portion of each sale benefiting Operation Homefront. Pint glasses also are available for purchase. While the concept initially will be a feature exclusively on Carnival Panorama, Duffy said that the line will look to amplify the spirt of the Heroes Tribute Bar at special moments across the Carnival fleet.

Carnival has been a longtime supporter of the military, hosting a military appreciation reception on each cruise as well as shipboard concerts for military personnel and events at U.S. Naval bases.

Carnival received the U.S. Honor Flag in recognition of its military support and Duffy participated in the 88th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense.

Carnival Panorama sailed on its inaugural voyage on Dec. 11, 2019.

Story By Jackie Sheckler Finch, Photos courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line