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June 2009

Carnival Dream Sea Trials in the Adriatic Sea

by Vance Gulliksen

This amateur video was posted on YouTube. [YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5wAn0ObKCY] And we while have no idea who these people are or what they are saying, we do know that this footage shows the Carnival Dream in the Adriatic on her sea trials which run through July 2. We only wish that these folks could have held their camera a little steadier! And while we’re unclear on their narration of the video, we only have one word to describe the massive 3,646-passenger ship – FABULOSO! The largest “Fun Ship” ever constructed, Carnival Dream is carrying a full complement of technicians and engineers during her sea trials and these highly skilled individuals are putting the 130,000-ton cruise ship through a variety of exercises to…

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Carnival Guest Sails Same Itinerary Once a Month for 14 Years

by Vance Gulliksen

Isaac Levy certainly knows a good thing when he sees it!  The 90-year-old resident of Redondo Beach, Calif., has been sailing on Carnival Cruise Lines’ four-day Baja Mexico itinerary once a month for the past 14 years, dating back to when the cruise ship Holiday first began the program from Southern California in 1995. 

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Carnival’s West Coast Shorter Cruises Available Starting at $43 Per Day

by Joyce Oliva

CARNIVAL’S WEST COAST SHORTER CRUISES AVAILABLE STARTING AT $43 PER DAY              MIAMI (June 25, 2009) – With Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships returning to Mexico earlier this month, the line is currently offering some exceptionally attractive rates on its shorter itineraries departing from Long Beach and San Diego.

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Weinstein Marks 35-Year Anniversary at Carnival Cruise Lines

by Vance Gulliksen

The 35th anniversary of Cherie Weinstein, Carnival Cruise Lines’ vice president of group business development, was marked with a surprise reception at the company’s Miami headquarters. Weinstein is the longest tenured employee at Carnival Cruise Lines. Weinstein’s contributions to Carnival were recognized with a number of gifts and accolades, including her 35-year anniversary pin which was presented to her by Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill.  Weinstein also received a ship’s bell from the Carnival cruise ship Celebration, which was retired from the fleet, among numerous other gifts. Weinstein joined Carnival Cruise Lines in 1974 when the company had only one ship, the TSS Mardi Gras.  Over the years, she has played a critical role in the growth and success…

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Carnival Splendor Resumes Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Service

by Vance Gulliksen

The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor departed the Port of Long Beach, Calif., yesterday on a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, marking the resumption of cruises to Mexico on Carnival’s newest and largest ship. On this route, Carnival Splendor visits three of the Mexican Riviera’s most popular ports of call:  Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, each of which is known for its excellent beaches and watersports, as well as outstanding shopping and dining opportunities. The 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor began service from Long Beach in April of this year and operates weekly round-trip cruises departing every Sunday.  

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Carnival Cruise Lines’ 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, which launched year-round seven-day service from Long Beach, Calif., in April, received a perfect 100 score on its most recent inspection by the United States Public Health Service.          The largest ship in the Carnival fleet, the 3,006-passenger vessel received perfect marks on all 42 items that comprise the U.S. Public Health Service’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) checklist.  The unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port, evaluate vessels in a wide variety of areas, including adherence to proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness.  Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are…

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Update: Laser Tag Added to Three Additional Carnival Ships

by Joyce Oliva

Following the tremendous success of a laser tag pilot program on the Carnival Valor earlier this year, the line has expanded the attraction to two additional ships – Carnival Elation, which sails from San Diego, and Carnival Conquest, departing from Galveston. Another laser tag installation is scheduled for the Carnival Victory, which operates year-round from San Juan, beginning next week.

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The 46,000-ton Holiday became the first Carnival Cruise Lines ship to resume visits to Progreso this week, part of a five-day voyage that departed Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.   The ship’s arrival was marked with a special reception attended by a number of local dignitaries, including the Yucatan Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco. Cruise guests enjoyed a warm welcome from local mariachis and folklore dancers. Captain Carmelo Marino is pictured here being interviewed by local media who also attended the festivities. The Holiday departs year-round from Mobile on four-day cruises departing Thursdays to Cozumel and five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays to Cozumel and Calica/Playa del Carmen or Progreso.

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Carnival Corporation & plc Statement on Reinstatement of Fuel Supplements

by Joyce Oliva

At the time we suspended fuel supplements for our six North American brands, we reserved the right to reinstate them if the price of light sweet crude oil, according to the NYMEX, should increase above $70 per barrel. While we have now exceeded that threshold, in light of the economic crisis and resulting consumer weakness, we presently have no plans to institute a fuel supplement. We will continue to monitor the situation in the markets and review our position as the situation warrants.

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