Carnival to Run Super Bowl Commercial

Carnival Corporation today announced it will unveil the first TV commercial from its new multi-brand national marketing initiative during Super Bowl XLIX airing on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC.

The commercials were created by BBDO Atlanta, part of BBDO Worldwide, which was recently named Global Agency of the Year by Adweek magazine and is currently ranked the world’s most creatively awarded advertising agency network in The Gunn Report. BBDO collaborated with Academy Award-winning cinematographer and Hollywood director Wally Pfister – best known for his work on Transcendence, Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy –to develop Carnival Corporation’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial. The final commercial will be a 60-second spot selected from four full-scale production ads.

The final Super Bowl TV commercial will be sourced from the company’s recently launched “World’s Leading Cruise Lines Marketing Challenge” that gives consumers across North America the chance to provide Carnival Corporation with input on its new advertising creative. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, this interactive crowdsourcing contest lets consumers “join the company’s marketing team” and vote for their favorite creative concept with a chance to win a grand prize of a yearly cruise for life.

Carnival Corporation also announced today that it has narrowed the field of original creative concepts in the Marketing Challenge to four “semi-finalists” based in part on consumer voting and input, and all four concepts are now in full production under BBDO Atlanta and Pfister’s direction. The final elimination round kicking off today will narrow the field to two finalists, giving consumers a chance to provide input on the final two concepts, one of which will be the featured TV commercial airing live during Super Bowl XLIX in February.

“There is no bigger stage than the Super Bowl for telling our story, and we’re excited about the opportunity to start a new dialogue with consumers about cruising and use their input in helping us pick the creative concepts,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “With this phase of the marketing initiative, we want to capture what is so special about cruising and sailing in the open sea.”

Added Donald: “I personally think some of the concepts are better than others, but what really matters is what millions of guests think. Our goal is to convince those who have never cruised to give us a chance to show them why over 10 million people a year sail on one of our nine brands and why so many of our guests cannot wait to sail with us again.”

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