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Carnival - Return to the Sea

February 01, 2015 | 1:00

The company's first Super Bowl ad, by BBDO Atlanta, promotes its full range of brands: Princess Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and Seabourn.

It is also the result of consumer voting on four potential ads first released in December (voters were entered in a contest promising a yearly cruise for life). But did voters pick the right one? Like Chrysler's ad in the same Super Bowl using a Paul Harvey voiceover to extol farmers for Ram Trucks, Carnival plays audio of John F. Kennedy extolling the sea for a cruise line. Where Harvey's delivery is oddly haunting and near perfect, though, JFK's is sort of odd. But boomers love them some JFK  -- the audio is from his kickoff of the 1962 America's Cup -- so the ad works for Carnival.

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  • BrandCarnival
  • Year2015
  • AgencyBBDO
  • Superbowl #XLIX
  • Quarter aired1