Service Dog Earns Top VIFP Status on Carnival Celebration


Carnival Cruise Line announced that a retired U.S. Army service dog named Sarge has reached Diamond status of the Very Important Fun Person (VIFP) Club, according to a press release.

Sarge is a 14-year-old Belgian Malinois that just completed his 55th cruise spending more than 200 nights at sea. The dog was honored during Carnival Celebration’s Platinum and Diamond loyalty event.

“What could be more fun than celebrating a beloved four-legged friend as a Diamond cruiser?” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We’re proud to celebrate and support veterans at Carnival, as the cruise line that carries the most service members, and I’m delighted to count Sarge among them.”

The Diamond dog had spent most of his life serving in the military. Currently, Sarge lives and travels with his owner, Justin Marcum, Sr., who also happens to be a Diamond member of Carnival’s VIFP Club.

Carnival’s VIFP Club awards new and most loyal guests with a variety of benefits and perks such as having access to a special web portal, where they can take advantage of members-only specials, promotions and other offers.


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