Celebrating Fleet Week: Carnival Cruise Lines Hosts Brunch for 100 Military Women

By Marybel Rodriguez

May 10, 2024 / 6:03 PM EDT / CBS Miami

MIAMI – Just ahead of Mother’s Day and in honor of Fleet Week Miami and Military Appreciation Month, Carnival Cruise Lines wanted to do something special for the women in the military.

Carnival Cruise Lines is saying thank you and honoring the brave women in the military.

Admiral Benjamin Nicholson, of the US Marines, emphasized the importance of celebrating the women in military, saying that they work tirelessly every day to protect the country and its citizens. He appreciated the contributions of women in the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.

In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, at an event known as Fleet Week Miami, Carnival held a brunch for more than a hundred military members. The objective of this gathering was to show gratitude for the service and sacrifices of the servicemen and servicewomen.

One of the attendees, Virginia Brodie Marines, expressed her delight at being at the event. “I’m having a wonderful time. I love the city of Miami”, she said. She also mentioned how exciting it was to be on a cruise ship.

Interestingly, for many of the military personnel who are accustomed to spending days out at sea, this was their first experience on a cruise ship.

“It’s nice to see everyone out here and they are beautiful uniforms coming out here, together, integrated. It’s great,”  said Claudia Camacho of the US Navy.

Claudia Camacho has been with the Navy for more than a decade it is a job she takes pride in but says being a mother is what fills her heart.

“I love being a mom. It’s definitely the best job I’ve ever had. I have two daughters. I’ve been in the Navy for 13 years. Definitely hard when I have to leave, but my kids are very resilient military children are a different breed, they have to be. I love them. They’re my whole life,”  said Camacho.

Carnival Cruise Lines has been having appreciation events for the military since 2016 and they hope to do so on every cruise that sails. We want to thank all military members for their service. We do hope they are enjoying their time in Miami and wish all the moms a happy Mother’s Day.

Marybel Rodriguez is the Emmy-nominated co-anchor of CBS4 News This Morning, which airs Monday-Friday from 4:30-7 a.m.

First published on May 10, 2024 / 6:03 PM EDT

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