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Carnival Cruise Line, in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, recently hosted “Merry Grinchmas” holiday events for children at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital in Charleston and The Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore. Carnival also presented each facility with a $10,000 donation during the festivities.

In addition to a reading of the classic Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, entertainment and youth staff from the Charleston-based Carnival Fantasy and Baltimore-based Carnival Pride cruise ships recreated the line’s popular holiday show with the ships’ singers and dancers performing for kids in each facility’s respective play areas.

The shows were highlighted by a visit from The Grinch, who did his best to “stop Christmas from coming” by stealing the cruise directors’ favorite holiday ornament. After being transformed by the real meaning of Christmas, the Grinch returned the item in a heartwarming end-of-show celebration. The Grinch is entertaining guests throughout the Carnival fleet in December as part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Dr. Seuss characters and the shipboard team members also distributed Dr. Seuss-themed gift bags to each child. Kids were also given their own Grinch Good Deed Tracker with a list of good deed suggestions to allow them to, just like The Grinch, grow their heart “three times its size.”