Posted on 01/29/2016

Singer Carrie Underwood starts a tour this weekend called The Storyteller. She will be meeting with, and performing for, military families as a result of her partnership with Carnival Cruise Line. Together they will work on an initiative to support US military families in a programme called Honour. Family. Fun.

Operation Homefront is a national non-profit group that builds strong, stable, and secure military families and the beneficiary of the Underwood/Carnival endeavour. The year-long Honour. Family. Fun. programme will culminate in a special private pier side concert for service men and women and their families starring Underwood aboard the Carnival Vista, when the vessel makes its US debut in New York City at the Port of New York on 04 November. “Military families represent a cornerstone of our country and we are honoured by the opportunity to partner with Carrie and Operation Homefront to bring much needed awareness and aid to our troops and their loved ones,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The partnership will bring to life many of the heart warming stories our troops have to share while in turn bringing them some fun along the way.” In 10 cities along the course of Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour, which kicks off in Jacksonville, Florida on January 30, select military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, will be treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood before her concerts. A video series highlighting the meet and greets and the families’ individual stories will be featured on “I’m honoured to be able to join Carnival Cruise Line and Operation Homefront to lift up these soldiers and their families,” said Underwood. “I am really looking forward to meeting them on my tour and for the opportunity to personally thank them for all they do for our freedom.” “Carnival Cruise Line really knows what it means to support our men and women in uniform and their families,” said retired Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Carnival team and superstar Carrie Underwood to focus on the challenges our military families face as they work tirelessly to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily.” The final stop in the cross-country Honour. Family. Fun. campaign will be New York City, where Carnival, Operation Homefront, and Underwood will treat hundreds of military families to a special concert aboard the new Carnival Vista at the Port of New York on 04 November. In the coming weeks, Carnival will launch a new shipboard military appreciation programme. Each ship will host a special event on board to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families and will kick off with a welcome video featuring Carrie Underwood. Finally, it was also revealed that Carrie Underwood will join the Carnival LIVE! roster of artists in early 2017 with further details to be announced at a later date.