Carnival Cruise Line creating new words and smiles.
If you go to Webster's and look for the definition of the word Funderstruck you won't find it. You have to go to Carnival President Christine Duffy for that answer. It seems that when Carnival is not sticking roller coasters on top of cruise ships, they are not inventing words to sell their cruises.
According to Duffy, Funderstruck means "The unmistakable feeling you get when you Choose Fun on Carnival; shocked and amazed by the power of fun; the feeling of being shamelessly joyful; a shockwave of fun; a shared euphoria." I can also be the feeling you get when you get your bar bill on Carnival or the morning after the midnight Mexican buffet.
On this past Saturday night, Carnival Cruise Line's Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O'Neal helped fans at the Miami Heat game Saturday night get Funderstruck by giving away a cruise in celebration of his and Carnival's upcoming 50th birthdays in March, according to a press release.
Shaq will be 50, and he can still dunk, and it is hard to believe it is 50 years since the first Carnival ship, the Mardi Gras, first ran aground in Miami.
Christine Duffy is excited about celebrating the Big Five-O for both all year. Duffy said, "This will be the most Funderstruck year ever, and who better to spread that message than our very own Chief Fun Officer Shaquille. Miami is where Carnival first started, so we can't wait to welcome our newest ship Carnival Celebration to our hometown to help us ring in our big 5-0."
So, the Big Diesel (Shaq) surprised the crowd by taking to the court asking fans if they were ready to get Funderstruck. No word on how many thought Shaq was drunk.
The Hall of Famer then released parachutes carrying T-shirts and QR codes. One fan also found a gift card with their T-shirt that can be applied for a free Carnival cruise of their choice.
When scanned, the QR codes also gave fans a chance to opt-in for updates on all of Carnival’s Funderstruck moments to come this year.