“The customer service desk was outstanding! They made sure Joey and I were ok getting on and off the boat.”
Joey loves swimming, The Cat in the Hat, and candy. His only wish was to be able to swim in a very big pool. Joey’s wish was revealed to him and sponsored by Kids Wish Network board member Andrew Gottlieb after being nominated Hero of the Month by Joe DiMaggio Hospital. Joey was ecstatic when he learned about his wish trip to go on a 6-day Carnival cruise. This was the first time Joey or his mom had been on a cruise and Joey couldn’t wait until his special day.
Joey’s wish began as the Carnival cruise ship sailed out of Miami, Florida. The Carnival crew made Joey and his mom feel right at home the moment they stepped onto the boat. “The customer service desk was outstanding! They made sure Joey and I were ok getting on and off the boat,” said Joey’s mom. Joey suffers from cerebral palsy which makes it impossible for him to stand or walk independently and so Joey requires constant supervision.
After boarding, Joey and his mom settled into their cabins where Joey was greeted by towel animals and tons of candy. Joey spent a ton of time swimming in the ships pool and lounging in the hot tub. Not only did Joey get to swim in the ships pool but he also went to the Ocean World water park in the Dominican Republic and played in the Kid Splashers Water Park in Atlantis, where he went down tons of fun water slides.
Joey’s favorite activity on the cruise ship was the arcade. He spent hours playing tons of fun video games with Joey’s favorite being the Jurassic Park arcade game. Joey even got to hang out with the ships entertainment director and Joey even entered into a dance competition which he won. Not only did Joey win a Carnival Sensation ship replica, but he also got to participate in a Dr. Seuss stage show. To top off Joeys fantastic trip he got to make his very own stuffed Cat in the Hat at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Joey was even surprised with a delicious cake from the dining room crew.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Joseph’s dreams become a reality:
- Andrew Gottlieb
- Carnival Cruise Line