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December 2011

Carnival Cruise Lines Kicks Off 2012 With New Advertising Campaign

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled a new advertising campaign that takes a fun, light-hearted approach to promoting the quality and value of “Fun Ship” cruising versus traditional land-based vacations. Created by the line’s advertising agency, Boston-based Arnold Worldwide, the multi-channel campaign launches December 26, 2011, and blends national and regional executions across TV, out-of-home (billboards) and on-line media. The central theme of the campaign reinforces the notion that everyone deserves a fun, memorable vacation at a great price – and Carnival delivers on this promise with a unique on-board experience at an exceptional value. The engaging Land vs. Sea campaign pits the carefree fun of a Carnival cruise against the most common land-based vacations such as visiting relatives, camping and…

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   Pediatric patients at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital received a special visit yesterday, when 16 members of the Carnival Fantasy’s staff, including Captain Roberto Costi, stopped by to deliver some holiday cheer. During their visit, the shipboard team brought some Carnival-style fun to the patients, entertaining the kids with performances by Fun Force, the ship’s high-energy acrobatic team, production show dancers, and a magician. Of course, the line’s ever-popular mascot “Fun Ship” Freddy was also present handing out Fun Ship Freddy dolls and various other holiday gifts. The 70,000-ton Carnival Fantasy launched the first year-round cruise program from Charleston in May 2010 and currently operates five- and seven-day Bahamas/Key West cruise

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Carnival Inspiration Launches Year-Round Three- and Four-Day Cruises From Long Beach, Calif.

by Joyce Oliva

The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration will launch year-round short cruises from Long Beach, Calif., this afternoon when it departs on a sold-out four-day voyage to Catalina Island and Ensenada. Carnival Inspiration provides an exciting new choice on this popular itinerary which encompasses three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada and four-day cruises departing Mondays to Ensenada and Catalina Island.  Previously, this itinerary was operated by the Carnival Paradise, which has been redeployed to Tampa. The 70,000-ton Carnival Inspiration underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of the line’s “Evolutions of Fun” enhancement program and includes such innovations as a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long water slide, 82-foot-long racing slides and a water spray area, a Serenity adults-only retreat, a tropical-themed resort-style…

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Carnival Inspiration Launches Year-Round Three- and Four-Day Cruises From Long Beach, Calif.

by Joyce Oliva

CARNIVAL INSPIRATION LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND THREE- AND FOUR-DAY CRUISES FROM LONG BEACH, CALIF.   World’s Most Popular Cruise Line Continues to be Number One Choice for West Coast Cruise Departures Based on Passengers Carried The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration will launch year-round short cruises from Long Beach, Calif., this afternoon when it departs on a sold-out four-day voyage to Catalina Island and Ensenada. Carnival Inspiration provides an exciting new choice on this popular itinerary which encompasses three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada and four-day cruises departing Mondays to Ensenada and Catalina Island.  Previously, this itinerary was operated by the Carnival Paradise, which has been redeployed to Tampa. The 70,000-ton Carnival Inspiration underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of the line’s “Evolutions…

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Trailer Released for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Shot on Board Carnival Dream

by Joyce Oliva

This weekend marked the premiere of the official trailer for ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED!, the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise produced by Fox 2000 Pictures that was shot aboard the Carnival Dream. The trailer, which can be viewed here, is being shown in theaters nationwide, with the movie released in December. Filming took place primarily on Carnival Dream’s open decks with scenes featuring actor Jason Lee (reprising his role as Dave Seville) and the antics of the three beloved chipmunks shot within the ship’s expansive outdoor recreation areas. Tropical ports on the Carnival Dream’s western Caribbean itinerary, including Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya, also provided a stunning backdrop for many of the movie’s shipboard scenes. The…

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ThirstyFrog Red — Carnival Cruise Lines’ private label draught beer that debuted in Carnival Magic’s Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub in May — has proven to be such a hit that it’s being rolled out to other ships in the fleet. Currently, 15 “Fun Ships” offer the tasty amber-colored brew in select bars and lounges with three others expected to receive kegs of ThirstyFrog Red over the next few weeks. Since being introduced two months ago, guests have been lining up to savor ThirstyFrog Red’s rich taste and delicate aroma, with toasted notes resulting from the fine caramel and black malts used during the brewing process.

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  Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise arrived this morning in Tampa following a 14-day Panama Canal cruise and will sail on its inaugural cruise from the port later this afternoon.  Carnival Paradise is replacing the Carnival Inspiration on four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises from the Port of Tampa, becoming the newest Carnival “Fun Ship” to operate this popular itinerary.  On this route, Carnival Paradise departs Thursdays on four-day cruises to Cozumel and on Mondays and Saturdays on five-day voyages to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  The Carnival Inspiration is being deployed to Long Beach, Calif., to operate year-round three- and four-day cruises. Carnival Paradise joins the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, which sails year-round seven-day Caribbean voyages from Tampa.  Carnival is…

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Carnival Paradise Launches Year-Round Four- and Five-Day Cruises From Tampa`

by Joyce Oliva

CARNIVAL PARADISE LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND FOUR- AND FIVE-DAY CRUISES FROM TAMPA Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise arrived this morning in Tampa following a 14-day Panama Canal cruise and will sail on its inaugural cruise from the port later this afternoon.  Carnival Paradise is replacing the Carnival Inspiration on four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises from the Port of Tampa, becoming the newest Carnival “Fun Ship” to operate this popular itinerary.  On this route, Carnival Paradise departs Thursdays on four-day cruises to Cozumel and on Mondays and Saturdays on five-day voyages to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  The Carnival Inspiration is being deployed to Long Beach, Calif., to operate year-round three- and four-day cruises. Carnival Paradise joins the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend, which…

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 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKJ7kDLd2o8&feature=youtu.be December 16 marks the release date of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED!, the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise produced by Fox 2000 Pictures that was shot aboard the Carnival Dream.  Filming took place primarily on Carnival Dream’s open decks with scenes featuring actor Jason Lee (reprising his role as Dave Seville) and the antics of the three beloved chipmunks shot within the ship’s expansive outdoor recreation areas.  Tropical ports on the Carnival Dream’s western Caribbean itinerary, including Cozumel, Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya, also provided a stunning backdrop for many of the movie’s shipboard scenes. The first two films grossed over $804 million worldwide.  Alvin and the Chipmunks was the number-one grossing family live-action DVD of 2008,…

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   Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines has promoted longtime Carnival employees Captain Gaetano Gigliotti and Captain Claudio Cupisti to oversee two newly formed departments within its marine operations division.  Additionally, Captain Domenico Rognoni is taking on a new role as vice president of compliance, and environmental and occupational safety. A 25-year Carnival veteran, Gigliotti assumes the position of vice president of nautical safety and operations, effective immediately.  In this capacity, he is responsible for nautical safety of the line’s 23-vessel fleet, including bridge procedures and port nautical operations. Additionally, the captains of the line’s three Destiny-class, six Conquest-class and two Dream-class vessels will report to him.  Gigliotti previously served as director of marine safety. Cupisti, a 22-year Carnival veteran, will assume…

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