Royal Caribbean & Crayola Sponsor Kids' Contest

January 13, 2006

Budding Pablo Picassos (or Georgia O'Keefes or Claude Monets) have a chance to win a cruise for Mom, Dad and a sibling by entering Royal Caribbean and Crayola's "Freedom to Explore" essay contest.

Here's the deal: Kids ages 5 - 12 must create original artwork using Crayola art supplies and write a short essay (maximum 100 words) explaining what the "Freedom to Explore" means to them. Entries must be received by February 18 and will be judged on criteria including originality, essay relevance, and visual appeal. According to Royal Caribbean's press release, another consideration will be the "use of Crayola products."

The winner will receive that free cruise on, you guessed it, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas -- the 158,000-ton, 3,600-passenger behemoth that's debuting in May. Roundtrip air is included.

Other perks for the Grand Prize winner include display of their artwork on the ship and the chance to read their essay at Freedom of the Seas' official naming ceremony.

There are two other tiers of winners. First prize recipients will get a $500 savings bond and a "Freedom to Explore" gift pack; finalists will receive a Crayola prize pack.

Crayola is a major partner with Royal Caribbean in its fleetwide Adventure Ocean Youth Program; it's contribution, AdventureArt by Crayola, gives kids the chance to create cultural mask and pottery that reflects itineraries of their cruises.

Go to for an official entry form.