Carnival Cruise Lines Honors FunDay Tours As Top Operator

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Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator award

Cocoa Beach-based FunDay Tours was honored Sunday by Carnival Cruise Lines Tour Operations on Sunday. Above are Barbara Schenck, President/CEO Funday Tours; Leon Kirton-Shore Ex Manager Carnival Cruise Lines; Anné Nieuwoudt, Shore Ex team Carnival Cruise Lines; Pierre B. Camilleri, Hotel Director Carnival Cruise Lines; Nikola Cekov, Shore Ex team Carnival Cruise Lines; Henry Parrish, Mayor of Cocoa; Suzy Leonard; Pam Jones, Administrative Specialist Funday Tours; Alexandra Schenck; Wee Jimmy, Cruise Director Carnival Cruise Lines; Jim and Cynthia Handley; Brian Blanchard, Sr. Director of Cruise Operation, Port Canaveral; and Robert Giangrisostomi, Sr. Director of Business Development at Port Canaveral. (Image for

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Cocoa Beach-based FunDay Tours, a wholesale tour operator providing guided soft adventure and nature tours for pre-formed groups, was honored Sunday by Carnival Cruise Lines Tour Operations with their prestigious “Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator” award.

Port-Canaveral-logoIn recognition of FunDay Tour’s dedication, exceptional performance and professionalism, was recognized at an award ceremony aboard the Carnival Sunshine in Port Canaveral.

Carnival Cruise Line’s tour operator awards are based on nominations by the company’s shoreside tour operations personnel in its Miami headquarters and shore excursion managers on board its ships, as well as guest ratings and feedback.

Tour operators were evaluated on a points-based system on the following criteria: innovation, creativity, quality, professionalism, communication and overall guest reviews.

CARNIVALDREAM-180“We work with hundreds of highly qualified tour operators who play a huge role in delivering exceptional landside experiences,” said Mico Cascais, Carnival’s vice president of tour operations.

“Amazing experiences provided by our valued shore excursion partners – combined with groundbreaking programs such as our Shore Excursion Best Price Guarantee – have enabled Carnival to achieve a leadership position in this all-important area.”

In 2014, FunDay Tours celebrated 20 years in business. The company’s professional guide staff, and corporate philosophy of integrity, deliver a high quality experience for their patrons. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com0

Every year nearly 11 million guests go on a cruise on one of the 100 ships operated by the nine global brands that are part of the Carnival Corporation family.

All together, Carnival Corporation and its brands offer over 20,000 shore excursions at 725 destinations around the world.

FUNDAY-TOUR-LOGO-180-1“Our tours provide our clients and their guests with the added opportunity, beyond the attractions, to experience natural Florida wildlife with experts guiding the expeditions utilizing airboats, kayaks, pontoon boats, hiking trails, zip lines, bikes – and so much more,” said Barbara Schenck, Funday Tours President & CEO.

In 2014, FunDay Tours celebrated 20 years in business.

The company’s professional guide staff, and corporate philosophy of integrity, deliver a high quality experience for their patrons.

FUNDAY-TOURS-580-6“Having set the standard, we are the original and only authentic eco-tour company operating out of Port Canaveral,” said Schenck.

“We believe guides are pivotal to the overall success of the experience. Our expert “Eco-Guides” all biologists, botanists or the occasional Audubon expert, all highly trained professionals, provide you with the assurance that each eco-guest has a memorable and much talked about experience. Our entire team ensures a warm, friendly, enthusiastic and caring approach to each and every guest.”

FunDay Tours is dedicated to environmental education and awareness, Florida’s natural and cultural heritage and the sustainability of Florida’s natural ecosystems and resources.

“We are passionate about the environment and believe the key to life is adventure,” said Schenck.

“Our goal is to provide each guest with individual attention so they never feeling like a number. We do this by delivering what we promise effectively and on time, striving to find a solution for every challenge, bringing all guests back completely satisfied from enjoying their time with us, continually seeking to improve our service and tour innovation and always putting safety first.”

FunDay Tours is member of the Florida Society for Ethical EcoTourism, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, Visit Orlando and a Certified Woman Owned Business.

For more information about FunDay Tours call 321-725-0796 or log on to

Nominees from other destinations included:

Antigua: Coral Island Tours & Tropical Adventures Antigua
Aruba: De Palm Corporation
Barbados: Caves of Barbados Ltd. – Harrison’s Cave
Belize: H2O Tierra, Ltd.
Cozumel: Tripping Cool
Cozumel: Cancun Sea Adventure Sapi & Alaska Mountain Guides de Mexico
Curacao: Funbini
Freeport: Freeport Bahamas Adventures, Ltd.
Grand Cayman: Nautilus Grand Cayman
Grand Turk: Oasis Divers
La Romana: Central Romana Corp.
Nassau: Island Hotel Company Limited & Bahamas Experience Tours and Transfers
Montego Bay: World Tours & Cruises Limited
Ocho Rios: Dolphin Cove
Port Canaveral, Fla.: Fun Day Discovery Tours
San Juan: Eco Quest, Inc.
Kitts: St. Kitts Scenic Railway Lmtd.
Lucia: Elite Shore Excursion Foundation
Maarten: Snorkel Safari & Dutch Tours)
Thomas: Cruise Ship Excursions & Aqua Adventures LLC