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Sarge and his Human Have Achieved Diamond VIFP Status

Carnival Cruise Line has recognized Sarge, a loyal service dog, as the latest passenger to earn Diamond VIFP status. 

Sarge and his human, Justin Marcum, Sr., were sailing their 55th cruise aboard the Carnival Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship when they were celebrated for reaching Diamond status. Sarge, a retired U.S. Army service dog, was honored for his commitment to service and loyalty to Carnival. Sarge was awarded his official Diamond status at sea during a past guest loyalty party. Diamond status is the highest level of recognition for Carnival Cruise Line and is achieved by spending 200 days at sea.  

Lee Mason, Carnival Celebration’s Cruise Director, said, “I have shamelessly confessed that some of my favorite cruisers have four legs and wet noses. This is a special story that I was honored to play my part in.”

Mason was privileged to present Sarge with his official VIFP status. Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy recognized Sarge’s loyalty as well. 

“What could be more fun than celebrating a beloved four-legged friend as a Diamond cruiser? We’re proud to celebrate and support veterans at Carnival, as the cruise line that carries the most service members, and I’m delighted to count Sarge among them.”

Sarge is a 14 year old Belgian Malinois. Also known as a Belgian Shepherd, they are considered highly intelligent and athletic and are related to German Shepherds. They make excellent guard dogs, police dogs and search and rescue dogs. This particular breed served in both World Wars and serves in the military today. 

Sarge and Marcum, Sr. are military veterans who are apparently enjoying their retirement cruising with Carnival. 

Working service dogs are welcome aboard all Carnival sailings. Cruisers who would like to sail with their service dogs should contact Carnival Cruise Line to verify their dog meets the requirements before sailing.