Carnival Cruise Line Brings Its Signature Brand of Fun to the FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament

 

Carnival Cruise Line’s partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® extended to the links with the line’s sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, an annual PGA-sanctioned golf tournament held in at the TPC Southwind course in Memphis, Tenn., the hospital’s hometown.

As a sponsor of the tournament, Carnival hosted a number of fun activities, including the popular Little Loopers event that provided St. Jude kids an opportunity to interact with PGA TOUR professionals and celebrities.  Held at the par 3 11th hole, the kids had a chance to learn how to putt, chip and drive from the world’s best golfers amidst a backdrop that resembled a miniature golf course aboard a Carnival ship.

Carnival also hosted a post-event ice cream party where kids could enjoy scoops of Brownie Buoy, the ice cream flavor selected by patients at St. Jude to be sold in the Cherry On Top sweets store aboard the new Carnival Vista which entered service in Europe last month.  All profits from the sale of Brownie Buoy purchased on-board Carnival Vista benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Carnival also presented St. Jude with a $20,000 check representing its sponsorship fee.

Carnival’s sponsorship of the tournament continues the line’s longstanding partnership with St. Jude which began in 2010. In addition to serving as the Official Celebration Partner of St. Jude hosting birthday parties and the hospital’s annual prom, the cruise line conducts a variety of shipboard activities as part of its Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids program, including a fun dance activity called Groove for St. Jude.  Additionally, when guests purchase a designated bakery item from the line’s on-board shops or prior to their cruise on carnival.com, Carnival donates a portion of each item sold to the hospital.   Carnival has already donated $10 million to St. Jude since the partnership began in 2010.

 

Carnival Valor Inaugurates Port Canaveral’s Newly Renovated Terminal 5

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Carnival Valor inaugurated Port Canaveral’s recently renovated Terminal 5, departing on an eight-day Caribbean cruise this past weekend.

The $48 million project included an expanded terminal that can accommodate ships of up to 3,500 passengers, a longer 120-foot-long pier, a new 1,044-space parking garage, and new mobile passenger boarding bridges.

Carnival is the largest cruise operator from Port Canaveral with Carnival Valor, Carnival Magic and Carnival Victory offering year-round departures and Carnival Sunshine sailing seasonally.  Together these four ships carry more than 650,000 passengers annually from the Space Coast – the most of any cruise operator.

 

Carnival Cruise Line Teams Up With Frisco RoughRiders to Sponsor Annual Kids Day Event for Local Youth

 

Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ number one cruise operator, and the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, hosted a special day of fun, food and baseball this weekend at Dr Pepper Ballpark for hundreds of children and their families across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  The third annual “Carnival Kids Day” was part of the cruise line’s multi-year partnership with the RoughRiders.

Children and families from a variety of charitable and social service organizations enjoyed an unforgettable day of fun, participating in a number of activities and interactions with RoughRider players.   In addition, every participant received complimentary game day tickets and parking.

The events featured in this year’s Kids Day included an inflatable batters’ box where kids could practice their swings, along with an inflatable slide resembling Carnival’s signature red, white and blue funnel.   Kids could also create larger-than-life bubbles and enjoy meet and greet and autograph opportunities with RoughRiders players.

As the Official Cruise Line of the Frisco RoughRiders, Carnival is hosting a number of activities throughout the 2016 season.  At each game, fans enjoy two special in-game promotions. Every time a RoughRider player hits a home run, fans hear the sound of a Carnival ship horn, fireworks launch from the iconic Carnival funnel in the outfield and celebratory graphics illuminate the LED signs around the stadium.

The Carnival Crush Inning promotion also takes place giving lucky contestants the chance to win a free Carnival cruise based on when a RoughRiders player gets a hit during a designated Crush Inning.  Fans can sign up for the promotion at the stadium or online before the game at RidersBaseball.com.  The cruise line also sponsors the Carnival Getaway Grill, featuring a variety of ballpark favorites and Dr Pepper products for one all-inclusive price.

 

Launch Ceremony Held for Carnival Cruise Line’s Second Vista Class Vessel Set to Debut in Spring 2018

 

Earlier today at Fincantieri’s historic Castellammare shipyard located along Italy’s Sorrento peninsula, a launch ceremony was held for Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship scheduled to enter service in spring 2018.

Carnival President Christine Duffy served as godmother to this event, during which a gigantic, 300-foot-long section of the ship’s hull, constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard, was launched into the water via a traditional method that involved sliding the section down a ramp versus the newer, more common method of filling a dry dock with water.

After a priest’s blessing, Duffy cut a ceremonial cord, releasing the massive section into the water to great fanfare.  The section will be moved via tug boats to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard where other sections of the ship are being constructed.   The second Vista-class ship will be completed at the Marghera shipyard and is scheduled to enter service in spring 2018.

The as-yet-unnamed 133,500-ton ship will offer a variety of dining, bar, entertainment and activity options currently featured aboard Carnival Vista, which debuted earlier this month, along with some innovations unique to this vessel.

Carnival Vista Offers Nearly 30 Dining and Bar Venues Showcasing Diverse Flavors from Around the World

 

From authentic Asian delicacies and a New England–inspired seafood eatery to light bites with a Cuban flair, the new Carnival Vista offers an exciting and flavorful array of international dining choices.

Complementing the delicious fare is a wide variety of bars, lounges and watering holes including the line’s first on-board brewery.

With a comprehensive selection of eateries, Carnival Vista features several exclusive outlets that are only on board the line’s newest, largest, and most innovative ship, including Seafood Shack, modeled after roadside seafood stands that dot the New England coast, and expanded versions of Bonsai Sushi and Cherry on Top offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

International flavors take center stage on Carnival Vista, taking guests on a culinary journey around the world.  Ji Ji Asian Kitchen offers a taste of the Orient; BlueIguana Cantina features fresh Mexican cuisine and a tortilla-making machine; Cucina del Capitano brings the flavors of Italy on board; and Fahrenheit 555 is a classic American steakhouse.

Several bars also serve a light menu that perfectly pairs with a cocktail or brew. Havana Bar offers authentic Cuban pastries, sandwiches and other bites while guests at RedFrog Pub & Brewery can enjoy Caribbean-inspired pub fare like grouper fingers, Jamaican-style chicken wings and more, in addition to the three different craft beers brewed on board.

Dining venues and bars featured on Carnival Vista include:

  • BlueIguana Cantina – Open for breakfast and lunch, BlueIguana Cantina serves authentic tacos on fresh-made tortillas and made-to-order burritos that can be personalized by diners at an extensive salsa and toppings bar.
  • Bonsai Sushi Bonsai Sushi has been expanded on Carnival Vista to offer cooked-to-order items like Shrimp Tempura, Chicken Katsu, Omakase (Chef’s Choice) and various noodle bowls, complementing a variety of sushi, sashimi and bento boxes.
  • Cherry on Top — For those with a sweet tooth, Cherry on Top serves up ingredients mixed by hand and made to order. Cool concoctions include a base of ice cream and at least four toppings, from whipped cream and hot fudge to Oreo cookie pieces and pineapple chunks. Additionally, when guests order Brownie Buoy – hand-selected by kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a donation is made to the hospital.
  • Cucina del Capitano — A celebration of Carnival Cruise Line’s deep roots in Italy — all of the fleet’s captains are Italian — Cucina del Capitano serves up a variety of Italian favorites family-style.
  • Fahrenheit 555 — This classic American steakhouse offers mouth-watering steaks and other gourmet fare with impeccable service.
  • Guy’s Burger Joint — A guest favorite, Guy’s features fresh-made burgers, hand-cut fries and innovative toppings created in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri.
  • Havana Bar — This popular bar specializing in mojitos and Cuba Libres has added a bar menu. From Sabor de Habana, a sampler plate, to ceviche de mariscos, ropa vieja and pan con bistec, guests can taste authentic dishes of Cuba.
  • JavaBlue Café — Featuring coffee straight-up, or perhaps with an upgrade, JavaBlue Café serves hot and cold drinks with a fun twist. Guests also can enjoy sweet treats and comfort snacks.
  • Ji Ji Asian Kitchen — Serving up enticing dishes in an eclectic space, Ji Ji brings not only great food, but good fortune to the table. Offering a full-service menu featuring a mix of exotic and familiar dishes designed to challenge and delight the senses, the venue offers a truly unique culinary experience.
  • Pizzeria del Capitano — Pizzeria del Capitano offers five varieties of hand-tossed artisanal-style pizza, all available free of charge 24 hours a day.
  • Lido Marketplace — A casual poolside eatery offering an array of international favorites, from paninis to comfort food to a New York-style deli and just about everything in between.
  • Ocean Plaza — An indoor/outdoor café serving cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos as well as pastries and other confections.
  • RedFrog Pub & Brewery — Delicious Caribbean bites are served here, but the star is the hand-crafted beer brewed on board in the line’s first onboard brewery developed in collaboration with Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery. The Caribbean-inspired brews include the aromatic and citrusy ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat spiced and unfiltered ale, and rich and creamy FriskyFrog Java Stout.
  • Seafood Shack – A Carnival Vista exclusive, Seafood Shack features traditional fare like New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, crab cake sliders and fried clam strips served by the bucket, with steamed lobster, snow crab, peel-and-eat shrimp and raw oysters sold by the pound.
  • Serenity — Salads, sandwiches, wraps and other light fare is available at the ship’s exclusive adults-only retreat.
  • Shake Spot — Shake Spot offers more than just your average shakes and floats. Guests can sip on hand-crafted classics, fruity-flavored treats and even spiked indulgences.
  • The Chef’s Table — This VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for an exclusive group of 14 guests, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation. The evening concludes with an impressive full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular menus, all hosted by one of the ship’s master chefs.
  • The Taste Bar — Offering complimentary bite-size preview offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues, along with a signature cocktail tied to the day’s particular theme available for purchase.
  • American Table/American Feast – Featuring extensive menus and wine lists in the Horizons and Reflections main dining rooms with a wide range of appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts, as well as shareable items for the table.

Carnival Vista debuted May 1 with a 13-day cruise departing from Trieste, Italy — the first European voyage for Carnival in three years. A variety of spectacular Mediterranean itineraries will be offered with port calls throughout Italy, France, Spain and Croatia as well as several new destinations for Carnival such as Crete (Heraklion), and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar.

On Oct. 21, 2016, Carnival Vista embarks on a special 13-day transatlantic crossing and arrives in New York Nov. 3, then operates a pair of 11-day voyages from the Big Apple before repositioning to Miami for year-round Caribbean departures later that month.

For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.