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, alexandluke.com – 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!
The ‘I NEED A WEEK OFF OR I’M GOING TO HAVE A MELT DOWN!!!’
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?!?)
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.
It was another first for us today as we witnessed the official naming ceremony of Carnival’s newest ship, The Carnival Magic. With visions of being huddled around on the pier next to the boat watching as someone smashes a champagne bottle against the hull, we were surprised when the actual ceremony took place in a grand theatre, there was singing and dancing, real live Italian priests and a large button that when pressed signalled a bottle of champagne to be dropped from a rope against the hull of the ship. Oh, and of course, there was some magic performed as well.
It was an impressive ceremony, made even more special by the official Godmother of the Carnival Magic (apparently all ships have Godparents… who knew?) Lindsey Wilkerson, who is an ambassador and former patient of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She was given the distinct honour of presiding over the ceremony and she even got to press that large button to signal the bottle smashing! Check out the video we took to see what it was really like:
After two blissful days spent wandering through the streets of Venice (we arrived a few days early so that we could settle in and enjoy the city while ridding ourselves of jet lag) we have been given a boost of excitement about boarding The Carnival Magic tomorrow because we caught our first glimpse of it today! It wasn’t too hard to spot – the ship is HUGE! And it really does look all shiny and new! What a thrill to see it parked and waiting for us next to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
So Venice… what a place. Miles and miles of picture perfect meandering pedestrian streets and canals lined with little shops and restaurants. Every once and a while we come across a spot in a square or along a canal to sit and take it all in. We like to imagine what it might be like to live here… moving must be a chore! Lugging all of your belongings from a boat through the uneven cobble stone streets, up the little bridges and back down, through the squares and down the back alleys – anyone who is lucky enough to move to Venice must also be really determined to do so! Which brings us to our first travel tip: If you are visiting Venice and staying in a hotel, bring luggage on wheels. Trust us, you will be glad you did!
We will have a video up soon featuring our time spent in Venice so stay tuned for that! In the mean time, buena sera and good night!
If you’ve been to any of the places listed in the video above PLEASE leave us a comment below with your best recommendations for food+sights. If we visit the place you recommend, you will get credit in the video we make about it.
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The ship we are on is called Carnival Magic
The paper versions of us in the video are Carnival Action Cruisers