Sydney Australia Christmas In July Brings Grinch Aboard Spirit – Sydney, Australia had a Christmas in July event aboard Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Spirit (see video below). The event was a promotion for Carnival Christmastime cruises.
The spectacular promotional event began with the Grinch‘ rappeling down a rope, swinging from a helicopter in Sydney, Australia, to steal the fun from Carnival Spirit. Carnival cruisers then caught sight of The Grinch stealing the Captain’s hat, hiding the turkey and stealing lollipops from the Cherry on Top sweet shop.
This promotion highlights some of Australia’s favorite cruise lines, which are hosting amazing Christmas cruises. Christmas cruise deals are being offered by Carnival Cruise Lines, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises.
Why Christmas in July?
In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are in reverse, with summer falling in December, January, and February, and with winter falling in June, July, and August. Therefore, in some southern hemisphere countries, such as Australia, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, Christmas in July or Midwinter Christmas events are undertaken in order to have Christmas with a winter feel in common with the northern hemisphere. These countries still celebrate Christmas on December 25, in their summer, like the northern hemisphere.
However, in North America, the Christmas in July sales event is a way for retailers to offset the dog days of summer slump in sales. The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.
But, as soon as school is out for summer, many consumers are spending their time and money on summer vacations including cruises. Hence, the retail fight for shoppers. In Canada and within the U.S. from Anchorage Alaska to New York and from Chicago to New Orleans, Christmas in July is a dog days of summer, third quarter sales event with the intent to reduce the red [loses] in their financial bottom line mid way through the year.
Some retailers and shopping malls call the event a July Sidewalk Sale, trying to lure shoppers into their air conditioned shopping spaces during some of the hottest days of the year, when shopping traffic is traditionally light and before retailers get a huge bump from the “back to school” shopping period, which begins in August.
This month, online retailer Amazon held an annual July Prime Day Sales event, which began in 2015. Essentially, it’s a Christmas in July shopping event. The first Amazon Prime Day was held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. It was followed by Prime Day events on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Monday, July 10, 2017 and Monday, July 16, 2018. For the July 16, 2018 event, Amazon said, “this Prime Day surpassed Cyber Monday [Monday after Thanksgiving], Black Friday and the previous Prime Day, when comparing 36-hour periods, making this once again the biggest shopping event in Amazon history. ”
Initially, the day after Thanksgiving wasn’t called “Black Friday” because many stores became profitable and went “into the black.” In the 1950s, Philadelphia police used the “Black Friday” term to refer to the day between Thanksgiving and the Army-Navy game. Huge crowds of shoppers and tourists went to the city that Friday, and cops had to work long hours to cover the crowds and traffic.
Carnival Christmastime Cruises
Which Carnival Cruise Line ships have Carnival Christmastime cruise celebrations? There are cruise ships embarking form the west and east coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico for Christmas cruises. Book your Christmas cruise soon for the best cabins at the best prices.
- Carnival Imagination embarks from Long Beach, California on December 23, 2018
- Carnival Horizon embarks from Miami, Florida on December 23, 2018.
- Carnival Vista Embarks from Galveston, Texas December 23, 2018
- Carnival Dream embarks from Galveston, Texas on December 23, 2018
- Carnival Pride embarks from Baltimore, Maryland on December 23, 2018
- Carnival Ecstasy embarks from Charleston, South Carolina on December 22, 2018
- Carnival Breeze embarks from Port Canaveral, Florida on December 22, 2018
- Carnival Conquest embarks from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 22, 2018
- Carnival Paradise embarks from Tampa, Florida on December 22, 2018
- Carnival Sensation embarks from Miami, Florida on December 22, 2018
- Carnival Splendor embarks from Long Beach, California on December 22, 2018
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Video: Grinchmas in July