On October 28th, Carnival Dream will depart on its annual Purple Heart Cruise where more than 20 combat-wounded warriors, their families and caregivers will join together.
The annual sailing now holds a symposium onboard where various activities will be hosted, many of which have been suggested by veterans on past cruises.
It will include peer-to-peer and marriage counselling, motivational guest speaker sessions, discussions on topics such as veteran suicide, dealing with phantom pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and VA issues.
Carnival is an avid supporter of the U.S. military, ensuring discounts to active service members and veterans, as well as offering financial support for military families and hosting military appreciation events onboard its ships, through its partnership with Operation Homefront.
Port days are always free days and there is a welcome celebration and farewell party; members of the group often participate in organized dinners and outings to activities like karaoke and main theatre shows.
Founder and president of the Purple Heart Cruise, John O’Connor stresses that veterans can choose to attend as many or as little of the activities as they like.
The Purple Heart Cruise foundation works closely with Carnival to reserve lounges and other spaces for activities and events.
The sailing is now closed due to an overwhelming response, however veterans interested in joining the next Purple Heart Cruise can do so by applying after January 1st.
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