Carnival Cruise Lines partners with Saints for 2013-14 season

New Orleans, La. - Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it has scored the new title of Official Cruise Partner of the New Orleans Saints and its first-ever partnership with an NFL franchise.

Carnival, which has a nearly 20-year relationship with New Orleans, will be bringing more of its signature brand of fun to the Big Easy through this new partnership. The line will have the opportunity to create fun in-stadium festivities, social media activities, prize promotions and more for Saints fans.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 13, through the Carnival Cruise to the Game with Your Krewe Sweepstakes, the company will offer local Saints fans the chance to win great prizes including game tickets and autographed New Orleans Saints merchandise through its Facebook page.

To celebrate its relationship with the New Orleans Saints and Carnival Sunshine's U.S. debut, during the game, Carnival will also engage the crowd through a special contest.  The company will award one lucky fan at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome a free cruise aboard the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, which sails on its inaugural voyage from New Orleans the following day.

"Both Carnival Cruise Lines and the New Orleans Saints are committed members of the greater New Orleans community who share the objective of enhancing the combined economic impact of our partnering brands on the City and Gulf South Region," said Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. "We are thrilled to join with Carnival as they add another element of excitement to our game day experience while enhancing the appeal of the tourism industry for our region."