Cruise Announces Winners in Ultimate Mother's Day Carnival Cruises Giveaway

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After more than two months and thousands of entries, Cruise has officially announced the 10 lucky winners in the company's exclusive Ultimate MotherÂ?s Day Carnival Cruise Giveaway contest.

Cruise, a leading national provider of cruise information, cruise ship reviews, and cruise vacations aboard some of the most magnificent cruise ships at sea today, began the contest on May 1, 2005 in commemoration of the special holiday which fell on Sunday, May 8th. More than 3,000 applicants from all across the country submitted stories and special memories explaining why their special mother, or a special mom they knew, deserved to be chosen as the recipient of an incredible free cruise vacation.

The 10 finalists and their loved one will be awarded with a 5-night Caribbean cruise for two aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Inspiration.

Coming from all different backgrounds and from every corner of the country, each of these 10 amazing women is extraordinary in her own way. The one thing they all have in common though is the fact that through selfless dedication, unrelenting will, and undying love, they have each deeply touched and forever changed the life of someone else.

Cruise Network decided to hold the contest in memory of an inspirational member of their own family. As president and CEO of Cruise Network Jai George fondly recalls, it was his very own grandmother, Theresa, who made an everlasting impact on his life.

“When my father was only eight years old, my grandfather became very ill. Suddenly, my grandmother, who had never worked a real job in her life, was solely responsible for providing for her entire family. She worked long, tiresome days at two factory jobs. It was hard work, but she never complained, doing whatever she had to do to provide for her father, Mr. Lonen George.”

Lonen George is actually the youngest of 10 children. Tragically, all nine of his older siblings passed away…the result of a devastating plague that swept across parts Europe during the early 20th Century.

Jai continues…“Even after my father completed engineering school and could give my grandmother anything she wanted, she never asked for anything. She knew she had already been given the greatest gift a mother could ever receive, seeing her son living the life she always dreamed he would have. Sadly, my grandmother has now passed away...and though she is greatly missed, her memory still lives on, as each and every day my family and I continue to live out her dream…the incredible life that she so selflessly created for us.”

Theresa spent virtually her entire life ensuring those around her felt happy and loved, and certainly never asked for anything in return. She never even had the chance to take a vacation...of any kind, something she most undoubtedly deserved.

In loving memory of Theresa and all she did for everyone she touched during her incredible life, Cruise Network wanted to give others from around the country the opportunity to say thank you in a very big way to special mothers in their own lives.

Every story received was undeniably amazing and positively inspiring, but the 10 remarkable ladies chosen as the winners of this year's Ultimate Mother's Day Carnival Cruise Giveaway are: Lorraine Sherriff Allen, Martha Blake, Catherin Demertzis, Katherine Frantz, Le Thi Huynh, Gayle Erickson Blake, Victoria Knopf, Janet Odorcich, Donna Phillips, and Linda Wise.

Each of these spectacular women exemplifies every aspect of the words love, compassion, and dedication. Their undying love, sacrifice, and support to ensure that all those around them are happy, healthy, and loved, makes them all truly deserving of this exciting award. All 10 mothers and one guest of their choice will come together aboard the Carnival Inspiration on December 10, 2005, for an unforgettable Caribbean cruise vacation. A small token of gratitude for someone that has done so much for so many people.

To read more about each individual mother and her own special story, visit Cruise Network's Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway Winners.

About Cruise Network:

Cruise Network is one of the fastest growing networks in the cruise industry, specializing in providing Carnival Cruises, Caribbean cruises and Alaska cruises, as well as other cruise deals, cruise information, cruise reviews, and home-based business opportunities. Visit or call 1-888-267-1232 to speak to a Cruise Network Cruise Specialist.

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