October 17, 2019
Cruisers embarking on any of Carnival Cruise Line's 26 cruise ships will now learn about emergency preparedness from the line's "Chief Fun Officer" Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal stars in a new safety video shown in staterooms on day one of every cruise.
The video, titled "Safety is Serious Fun," is a short (13-minute) ship tour during which crew members convey important safety information while also showing off some of the highlights of a Vista-class ship: sitting at a hibachi grill, pedaling on a Skyride, wearing 3D glasses in an onboard theater, waiting to go down a waterslide, lounging on the deck and playing mini-golf.
Safety features covered include general rules, pool guidelines and muster drills (which Shaq happily admits to once thinking were "mustard" drills).
Though the bulk of the information is provided by Carnival crew, Shaq -- who is stationed in his Chief Fun Officer office -- continually pops up eating a hot dog, playing with a desktop golf game and relaxing in a robe with cucumbers on his eyes.
"No one is as committed to fun as I am -- after all, I am the Chief Fun Officer -- but in order to take advantage of all of the great options onboard Carnival's ships, we all must be safe," O'Neal said. "Our guests know they can count on me to show them how to have fun at sea, but I'm really excited because now I'm showing them how to stay safe as well -- the two go hand in hand."
The video is captioned in English and Spanish, and features English audio descriptions for visually impaired passengers.