Just in time for football season, Carnival Vista’s Matt Mitcham and Whitney Mercilus of the Houston Texans participate in a “Fun Swap” where they switch jobs for a day with Whitney taking over as cruise director and Matt learning what it takes to be a gridiron star.

Aboard Carnival Vista, Whitney got the fun started leading a line dance at the ever-popular sailaway party and interacting with guests giving out the “free hugs” that Matt is famous for.

It was a different kind of football for the UK native as Matt was put through the paces as he participated in drills, hit the weight room and endured intense workouts with fellow Texans players.

With Carnival the Official Cruise Line of the Houston Texans, the Fun Swap was a great way to showcase all the seagoing adventures available on Carnival from nearby Galveston, where the line currently has three year-round ships.