Carnival Cruise Line Achieves Significant Milestones During First Three Months Of Restart
With half its U.S. fleet back in service and sailing from six U.S. homeports – the most in cruising – Carnival Cruise Line has had an accomplishment-filled three months since resuming guest operations this summer. The company's restart began on July 3, 2021 when Carnival Vista set sail from Galveston and since then, 10 additional ships have resumed service, carrying 237,000 guests from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico - all while guests were devouring nearly half a million Guy Fieri burgers and enjoying 11,000 adrenaline-fueled rides on BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea that debuted on the new Mardi Gras July 31, 2021.
"Our first three months back in service has underscored our strong brand loyalty, the best customer base in the cruise industry and our team's ability to deliver outstanding results and guest service," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  "It has been an emotional experience for everyone involved, myself included, as we have resumed operations with a focus on health and safety while providing a positive impact for our guests, team members and the communities we visit." 
Choice Privileges Launches New Leisure Benefit For Military Members
Choice Privileges, the award-winning loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, Inc. is launching a new rate for military personnel, veterans, their dependents, and members of government/military oriented associations, when booking leisure stays. Service members can save up to 12% when booking at participating Choice-branded hotels, and the new offering builds upon the company's commitment to giving back to those that give so much to the country.
In addition to the new leisure military rate, Choice Privileges offers servicemembers the following perks:

  • Upgraded Membership: Immediately upon registration, active duty or reserve military members, retired military, and National Guard personnel will earn Lifetime Gold Elite status, which entitles members to 10% extra points on every stay and an Elite Welcome Gift upon check-in at Choice-branded hotels. 
  • 2,500 Choice Privileges Points: As an extra thank you, new and existing Choice Privileges members will earn 2,500 points on their next stay after completing the military registration form.
McDonald's® USA Serves Up Free Thank You Meals to Educators Nationwide
Past or present, we all know an exceptional educator. They inspire and champion the next generation, and over the last year, they have truly stepped up to support their communities, both inside and outside the classroom. That's why next week, McDonald's is making school day mornings a little brighter for educators and showing their appreciation with a free breakfast Thank You Meal.
All educators - such as teachers, administrators, and school staff - can simply head to their local participating McDonald's during breakfast hours from Oct. 11-15 and show a valid work ID for a free breakfast! The Thank You Meals will be served in a classic Happy Meal box filled with an entrée breakfast sandwich, Hash Browns and a beverage. Sandwich choices include an Egg McMuffin®, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit or a Sausage Biscuit. Beverage options include a medium McCafé® hot or iced coffee or a medium soft drink.
adidas Launches 'Choose to Give Back', a Resale Program Enabled by thredUP
Today, in a continuation of its ongoing mission to help End Plastic Waste, adidas has introduced its Choose to Give Back program aimed at helping to extend the lifecycle of sports performance & lifestyle apparel and footwear. Leveraging thredUP's Resale-as-a-ServiceⓇ (RaaSⓇ) platform and expertise, the program will invite consumers to send used product from any brand back to adidas via the adidas Creator's Club app to be reused or resold.
"adidas has a reputation for driving innovative, sustainable solutions globally, and thredUP is thrilled to support their latest initiative to encourage more circular habits among consumers," said Pooja Sethi, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) at thredUP. "By enabling resale at scale with customizable solutions for leading brands and retailers, we're keeping high-quality clothes in use longer and fighting fashion waste."

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