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April 2009

Latest Information On Modified Itineraries

by Joyce Oliva

Miami, FL – Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – 8.30pm   Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled port of call visits to Mexico for 11 of its ships that are currently operating voyages and had scheduled stops in Mexico.   Additionally, for the 15 ships departing between Thursday, April 30 and Monday, May 4 with itineraries including calls in Mexican ports, those schedules have been modified. In many instances, the modification simply involved substituting an alternate port.  Full details on the modified itineraries click here.   Guests who do not wish to sail on a modified itinerary may opt to receive a refund in the form of a future cruise credit equal to the full amount paid for the voyage.  The credit…

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Statement Regarding Swine Influenza

by Joyce Oliva

Miami – (April 29, 2009 – 10:30 a.m.)  There are currently no reported cases of swine influenza on Carnival ships or in any of the ports that we normally visit in Mexico. We are consulting closely with public health officials and government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the situation.   Nonetheless, we have decided to cancel calls at Mexican ports for all current sailings.  Additionally, we will cancel calls in Mexico for all voyages departing Thursday, April 30 through Monday, May 4.  In many cases, we will be able to substitute the cancelled call with an alternative port and are currently…

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To mark the launch of Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride, Carnival Cruise Lines held a special invitation-only reception aboard the vessel attended by more than 200 community leaders, travel agents and VIPs.   Carnival Pride will operate 50 voyages annually, carrying 115,000 passengers a year from Baltimore.

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Carnival Takes Over Charm City’s Inner Harbor

by Joyce Oliva

    Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fun City: Baltimore event took over the city’s Inner Harbor to celebrate and mark the start of Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride, which kicks off April 27.   The day-long event, which benefitted the Maryland Special Olympics, was open to the public and offered a variety of free activities and attractions, including the creation of a giant sand sculpture and 3-D chalk art.  A world record giant beach ball, hip-hop dance performances, live entertainment, a “Camp Carnival” Kids’ Zone, karaoke and an appearance by Carnival’s mascot “Fun Ship” Freddy were also featured.   The Carnival Pride will operate a mix of six-, seven- and eight-day cruises from April 27 through…

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES, PORT OF BALTIMORE COMMEMORATE LAUNCH OF CITY’S FIRST YEAR-ROUND CRUISE PROGRAM Ship Expected to Carry More than 115,000 Guests Annually from Baltimore             MIAMI (April 27, 2009) – Later today, Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore will launch the city’s first year-round cruise schedule when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride sails on its inaugural departure from Baltimore. 

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A Shipyard of Dreams

by Joyce Oliva

With five months until the debut of what will be the largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed — the new 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is beginning to take shape at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.     The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, which will be based at Port Canaveral, Fla., will offer a host of innovations, including the largest spa and children’s facilities in the fleet, a new indoor/outdoor entertainment area offering magnificent ocean vistas, and the longest water slide at sea, part of the sprawling Carnival WaterWorks aqua park.  A variety of accommodation categories – including a two-bathroom configuration that will be ideal for families, as well as “cove” balcony staterooms closer to the water line – will be available, as well.…

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