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Carnival Cruise offers a Virginia teen with a luxury trip in return for his Snapchat handle

Carnival Cruise Line offered a Virginia teenager a free ride in exchange for his Snapchat handle.

(Reuters)

Carnival Cruise traveled to Virginia Tuesday to make a deal that a teenager could not refuse.

The cruise line offered to Darian Lipscomb, 15, of Prospect, Virginia, a free trip for him and his family in exchange for his Snapchat are handled correctly, with the name @CarnivalCruise.

Cruise line offers Va. toe $5,000 trip for SnapChat handle. https://t.co/Fg02UVFtRs

— Times-Dispatch (@RTDNEWS) March 28, 2018

Lipscomb, who called himself a “Carnival Cruise superfan,” said he made the handle in 2012 when he was 9 years old, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

“When I was nine years old, I went on a cruise and excited and wanted to share it with my friends,” Darian told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Darian, which has been on four Carnival cruises, said he used the Snapchat handle to capture his activities while on his journey.

The cruise line made a grand entrance in Prospect Tuesday night by putting up signs around the city of NBA star Shaquille O’neal. The former basketball player is the company’s “chief fun officer.” The signs read, “Hey Prospect, does anyone know Darian?”

Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’neal is here to announce that Carnival Panorama is open for booking! The sailing of Long Beach in 2019. pic.twitter.com/XqheT4aD8C

— Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) March 21, 2018

The proposal is not at an end. The cruise line showed Lipscomb’s home provides him and his family a trip to the value of $5,000 on their newest ship, the Carnival Horizon. The cruise line is required only for Lipscomb’s Snapchat handle in back.

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“I answered the door, walked outside, and saw my name on a big truck. I was really surprised,” the teenager said.

Lipscomb said he accepted the proposal and on Saturday, March 31, his family goes to Barcelona, Spain, on the liner. The cruise company also threw in flights, hotels, and “surprises” for Lipscomb’s family as soon as they board. The family will also be the first passengers on the new ship.

A Carnival Cruise spokesperson said that the proposal was intended to be a “fun way to claim that our handle and reward a ‘superfan’ at the same time.”

The 14-day trip to make stops in Lisbon, Portugal and Nova Scotia.

The teenager has only one thing to do: pick out a new handle for his Snapchat.

“I have to think that a different name. Maybe it is the other name of the company,” Lipscomb said.

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