Carnival Cruise Line is inviting its guests to support military families and to own a special pair of Carnival Jubilee boots. The boots are identical to the handcrafted boots Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy wore when she welcomed the ship’s first guests on board in Galveston, Texas.
Duffy’s red, white and blue custom boots, designed by Carnival designer Petu Kummala, were handmade by Houston-based Parker Boot Company and will be on permanent display on board Carnival Jubilee–one of many nods to the ship’s Texas homeport. The boots feature the name Carnival, the cruise line’s famous whale tail funnel and the iconic Lone Star of Texas.
“These cowboy boots are an ultimate piece of Carnival regalia, and such a fun way to celebrate the arrival of our new Carnival Jubilee. Even more special though is the opportunity for someone to have the only other pair that will ever be made – and for a cause we’re all passionate about here at Carnival. We’re proud to sail more veterans and military families than any other cruise line, and so proud that our guests support our causes generously,” said Duffy.
The second pair of Carnival Jubilee boots will be commissioned by Carnival and custom-made by Parker Boot Company for the individual who makes the highest pledge donation to Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a national non-profit organization building strong, stable and secure military families.
A custom pair of Parker Boot Company boots would typically cost about $8000, but 100 percent of these donations will go directly to Operation Homefront. If the winning bid is greater than $10,000, Carnival Cruise Line will also include a seven-day cruise in a balcony stateroom aboard Carnival Jubilee.
The auction will run for three weeks with bids being submitted via email. Carnival will announce the highest pledged donation to Operation Homefront, and the winner of the boots, at Carnival Jubilee’s naming ceremony on February 24, 2024.