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Music’s top stars on board for One Splendid Evening

Carnival Cruise Lines and Mayercraft Carrier 2 will present “One Splendid Evening,” a special concert event to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  The one night only event will take place the evening of March 26. Proceeds will help restore instrumental music education in America’s public schools and raise awareness about the importance of music as part of a child’s complete education.  

One Splendid Evening will be held on board the new Carnival Splendor, Carnival’s largest ship, while the vessel is docked at the Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles.  The evening will include performances by Grammy Award winner John Mayer, Jordin Sparks, Gavin Rossdale, Sara Bareilles, O.A.R., Guster, Erin McCarley and DJ Logic.  Guests will enjoy dinner, an open bar and additional live entertainment throughout the ship.  The next day, the ship sets sail on a special four-day music cruise — the “Mayercraft Carrier 2:  Even Crafter” voyage.  

“We are very excited that Carnival Cruise Lines and Mayercraft have chosen to support music education in our schools at a time when many programs are at risk of being cut,” said Paul Cothran, executive director, VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  “We are grateful to the performing artists for donating both their time and talent to our cause.”

One Splendid Evening will give guests an opportunity to explore the $640 million Carnival Splendor, the largest “Fun Ship” ever based year-round in Southern California.  The ship can accommodate more than 3,000 passengers and features a 21,000-square-foot spa, four swimming pools, a 270-square-foot outdoor movie screen and 22 bars and lounges.  

“Teaming up with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and John Mayer and friends to raise money for music education programs in schools is a fantastic way to kick off the Carnival Splendor’s new West Coast cruises and introduce people to our one-of-a-kind vacation environment,” said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s EVP of marketing and guest experience.

Atlanta-based Sixthman will produce both the dockside One Splendid Evening and the fully chartered Mayercraft Carrier 2: Even Craftier.  The second annual music cruise, hosted by John Mayer, will sail March 27 to 31  from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. While onboard, music fans will enjoy concert performances by John Mayer, O.A.R., Guster and over a dozen other bands for a music festival at sea. For more information, visit www.mayercraftcarrier.com.

Tickets for One Splendid Evening will go on sale next Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. For more information about One Splendid Evening or to buy tickets, visit www.onesplendidevening.com.

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