Carnival Cruise swaps free trip for teenager’s Snapchat handle
Thursday 29th March 2018, 8:03am
Carnival Cruise travelled to Virginia Tuesday to offer Darian Lipscomb, 15, of Prospect, Virginia, a free trip for him and his family in exchange for his Snapchat handle appropriately named @CarnivalCruise.
Lipscomb, who called himself a “Carnival Cruise superfan,” said he made the handle in 2012 when he was 9 years-old, Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
“When I was nine years old, I went on a cruise and got really excited and wanted to share it with my friends,” said Darian.
Darian, who has been on four Carnival cruises, said he used the Snapchat handle to capture his adventures while on his trip.
The cruise line made a grand entrance into Prospect Tuesday night by putting up signs around the town of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. The former basketball player is the company’s “chief fun officer.” The signs read, “Hey Prospect, does anyone know Darian?”
The proposal did not end there. The cruise line showed up to Lipscomb’s home offering him and his family a trip worth $5,000 on their latest ship, the Carnival Horizon. The cruise line only asked for Lipscomb’s Snapchat handle in return.
“I answered the door, walked outside and saw my name on a big truck. I was really surprised,” the teenager said.
Lipscomb said he accepted the proposal and on Saturday, March 31, his family is going to Barcelona, Spain, on the liner. The cruise company also threw in flights, hotels and “surprises” for Lipscomb’s family once they board. The family will also be the first passengers on the new ship.
Darian Lipscomb will take his free cruise from Carnival on Saturday, March 31, 2018 with the 14-day trip will make stops in Lisbon, Portugal and Nova Scotia as well.
A Carnival Cruise spokesperson said the proposal was supposed to be a “fun way to claim our handle and reward a ‘superfan’ at the same time.”
The teenager just has one more thing to do: figure out a new handle for his Snapchat.
“I’ll have to think up another name. Maybe another company name,” Lipscomb said.
SOURCE: Fox News
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