Hosted by Duffy and Carnival’s Adolfo Perez, SVP global sales and trade marketing; and Cruise Director Christian De La Rosa, the outdoor festival-style party at Penn’s Landing included activities inspired by Carnival’s onboard experiences and Carnival’s 50th birthday.

There were also interactive learning games, one-on-one time with Carnival’s sales leadership and team, snacks and light refreshments from local food trucks, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Philadelphia salutes a hometown heroine

Philadelphia City Council members Katherine Gilmore Richardson and Isaiah Thomas presented a special citation to Duffy, honoring her for her career success.

‘As a Philadelphia local, it was so special to be here to help kick off this year’s Agentpalooza bus tour that we’ve been so eager to bring back to our travel advisor community,’ Duffy said. ‘Our travel advisor partners have been such an incredible support system over the past two years, so this was our way of saying thank you and getting the chance to celebrate our successes and the future together.’

Travel advisors had the opportunity to sign the bus, leaving their permanent mark on this year’s event, and several of Philadelphia’s most tenured travel advisor partners participated in a birthday cake cutting.

The event also raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

And a virtual experience

As part of this year’s tour, Carnival also introduced its first virtual Agentpalooza experience. More than 1,300 travel advisors tuned in for the virtual experience in Philadelphia.

Perez said the kickoff birthday party was ‘so much more than we could’ve imagined,’ adding: ‘We are so grateful for everyone’s support in Philadelphia both on site and virtually and are looking forward to bringing the fun to our next three locations.’

The bus tour will now move to Baltimore, Norfolk and Charlotte.