The GrinchCarnival Cruise Line has announced that Dr. Seuss character The Grinch will be making fleetwide appearances during the festive season as part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea programme.

Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president, said: “The Grinch is an iconic and beloved Dr. Seuss character and we’re looking forward to incorporating his mischievous personality into our fleet wide holiday activities next month.”

Arts and crafts sessions where kids can create their own Grinch Christmas ornaments and masks, as well as Grinch-themed face-painting sessions, will also be available, while special screenings of both the live action and animated classic Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas will be shown on Christmas Day.

Kids can even complete their own Grinch Good Deed Tracker and, once the card is filled, receive a certificate affirming that they, just like The Grinch famously says, grew their heart “three times its size.” The Grinch will also be incorporated into the Seuss at Sea’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends.

Decked out in his signature “Santy Claus” costume, the legendary green character, played by Jim Carrey in the hit movie based on the much-loved tale, will surprise and delight guests of all ages as he makes appearances on all Carnival holiday cruises taking place throughout the month of December.

Never a fan of the holidays, The Grinch will be up to his usual tricks in an attempt to “stop Christmas from coming!” He will playfully disrupt the on-board festivities and steal various items from crew members throughout the ship, as well as participating in the end-of-cruise holiday show which promises lots of surprises.

“Grinchmas” complements Carnival’s annual holiday celebrations during which ships are ornately decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe with carolling and other activities held on board. Santa Claus also makes an appearance toting a bag of gifts that are distributed to youngsters and a special menu is offered on Christmas Day with traditional foods.

Carnival will be making its return to Europe in 2016 with new ship Carnival Vista.