Posted on May 4th, 2011 in Carnival,Europe by luke

We’re giving away a European Cruise themed prize pack that includes a big ol’ Carnival Magic gift-basket worth well over $100 AND a collection of photographs of you cruising from Italy, to Croatia, to Spain on The Carnival Magic’s maiden voyage!

“But, – how could you possibly give me a collection of pictures of me in Europe? I’ve never been to Europe and I wasn’t on the Carnival Magic’s maiden voyage!”

We’re glad you asked. Using incredible technology from the future we’re going to ‘photoshop’ you into pictures that we’ve taken on our trip!

While entering this contest to win the gift-basket is a no brainer (did we mention it includes a special commemorative coin that is usually only given to guests on the MAIDEN VOYAGE of a cruise ship??), you may be wondering what you could possibly do with a collection of photoshopped pictures. We’ve thought it all out for you… Here are some example-scenarios of why you may want to win this slightly unusual (but actually quite useful) prize:

The Office Prankster
You arrive at the office on Monday morning and thank your boss for giving you the time off to go on that European Carnival cruise. You set your desktop background to a photo of you in Venice, and you gift your boss a Carnival plush toy. In this scenario we also recommend printing out the pictures of “you on the cruise” and tacking them to your cubicle/desk wall. This scenario works especially well if 1-2 days have passed since you’ve last been at work. Say things like “the carpaccio was to die for” or “I preferred the views from Dubrovnik over those in Tuscany” to enhance the illusion. You’ll fool them all!

Are you super stressed out? Do you want to have a week off with no phone calls, where you can sit on your couch 24/7 and watch 30 movies in a row while consuming the same number of bowls of ice cream? Are you worried that if people know you’re home and off work that you’re going to have to help a friend move, or even babysit?!?! Are you comfortable telling a small lie to achieve this state of bliss? We’ve got your back. With our package you will have photographic and physical evidence of your ‘trip to Europe’ and you can shut yourself off from the world and relax. (Where was this prize when Luke was working?!?)

The Aspirer
If you’re like me, you keep printouts of the things you want to achieve in life on the walls of your workspace or room as a way to motivate yourself towards accomplishing your goals and fulfilling your lifelong dreams. In this scenario you can use the pictures of yourself in exotic European locations as stand-ins until you’re able to take real photos of these places for yourself on future trips!

The Social Networking Prankster
Upload these pictures to Facebook, Tweet about them on Twitter, confuse your friends and family, sit back and enjoy. This one is our personal favourite.

Post what YOU would do with this gift-basket and collection of photographs in the comments below OR on our Facebook Wall to be entered to win the prize. Don’t be afraid to come up with different reasons than the ones we listed above! We will be holding a draw for the winner on Monday May 9th 2011.

Click here to be navigated to our Facebook Page!

Good luck!


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  1. on May 4th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    mmm, let’s see. If you are going to photoshop me in, I would also ask that you erase any wrinkles, make me 2 inches taller and 50 lbs lighter – then I would use these photos to describe my misspent youth!

  2. Judy Charbonneau said,

    on May 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I am going on the Carnival Magic Oct 16 for the last Med. cruise and then staying on the ship for the trans-Atlantic to Galveston. If I won your prize pack and photos it would make the time go by much faster and my album would be almost finished!! Say hi to John Heald and tell him Judy from the Blogger’s cruise says ‘O Canada’ (I’m from Ottawa). Enjoy the rest of your cruise.

  3. anniebananie said,

    on May 6th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    We are currently vacationing in Naples, too. Well we will not be able to meet for breakfast tomorrow because we are in Naples, MAINE tonight. Visiting Herculaneum would be fantastic, but alas we in the rain in Maine. Sending pics for photoshopping tonight. We have all of Europe within driving distance(see photos). Continue having a great time.