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August 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines Expands Seat-Saving Initiative Fleetwide

by Joyce Oliva

Following a highly successful pilot program on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruise Lines has begun a fleetwide rollout of a new system designed to ensure that all guests are able to enjoy equal access to sun loungers by preventing seat saving in outdoor deck areas. Under the new system, shipboard team members monitor sun lounge usage and if they observe a seat that contains a towel or personal belongings but appears to be unoccupied, a notification is placed on the chair indicating the current time.  If the chair remains unoccupied for 40 minutes, the contents are removed and held for the guest’s safekeeping. The expanded policy is scheduled to be introduced on a gradual basis over the next couple of weeks,…

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August 26 was National Cherry Popsicle Day and, in recognition of this annual event, Carnival Cruise Lines provided a delicious treat of 500 cherry popsicles, along with fun popsicle-shaped balloons, to the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the cruise line’s top charitable partners. From the looks of the photos, the kids truly enjoyed the tasty frozen confections. As an added treat, all of the names of Carnival’s Facebook fans who “liked” the company’s post about the National Cherry Popsicle/St. Jude project were added to a card that will be given to the hospital. The National Cherry Popsicle Day celebration at St. Jude was part of Carnival’s ongoing support of the organization, one of the world’s premier…

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Four of a Kind

by Joyce Oliva

In an interesting meet-up of Carnival “Fun Ships,” the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Fantasy were all docked in Nassau late last week. The four ships – distinguished by their red, white and blue winged funnels – brought more than 11,500 visitors to the Bahamian capital, providing guests an opportunity to check out the city’s beautiful beaches, great shopping and interesting historical landmarks. Photo by: Carnival Sensation Photo Manager Ankur Sultania.

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Carnival Glory Passenger is Aquila Tours’ Millionth Guest in Saint John

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Glory passenger Marilyn Clark received an unexpected surprise yesterday when she was preparing to board a bus for Aquila Tours’ Saint John Highlights Tour and instead was led to a stretch limousine for a private tour of the destination as the tour operator’s millionth guest. Aquila Tours, which is celebrating 30 years in business, had been eagerly counting tour participants in anticipation of reaching the 1 million mark. The popular Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, tour company also treated Marilyn and her husband Gordon, who were celebrating their 46th  wedding anniversary on Carnival Glory, to a delicious lobster lunch and a gift basket filled with local must-haves. Pictured here (from left) shortly after the surprise is Aquila Tours’ Melanie…

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The web site for the Puerta Maya Cruise Center (www.puertamaya.com) in Cozumel, Mexico, has been redesigned with a greater variety of videos, images and information, providing cruise enthusiasts with an at-a-glance look at the facility which serves as a gateway to one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations. The enhanced site also includes an updated news and events section, a media gallery, a listing of available shore excursions, a live web cam, a monthly ship schedule, and up-to-the-minute weather reports. Also detailed are the wide variety of on-site shopping and dining options, which include more than 50 different retail outlets offering apparel, artwork and other merchandise, along with stand-alone carts with locally produced crafts, jewelry and souvenirs. Visitors can also…

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Grand Turk Cruise Center Enhances Web Site

by Joyce Oliva

The web site for the Grand Turk Cruise Center (www.grandturkcc.com) has been redesigned with a brand new look and feel, along with a wide variety of videos, images and information showcasing the popular cruise destination, which attracts 625,000 passengers annually. Designed to provide an at-a-glance look of the sprawling 18-acre facility, the enhanced user-friendly web site offers videos and images highlighting such attractions as Splashdown: Grand Turk, an exhibit that pays homage to the historic 1962 splashdown of the Freedom 7 capsule off the island’s coast; the Flow-Rider, a fun simulated surfing activity; and the Caribbean’s largest Margaritaville restaurant. A monthly cruise ship schedule, a web cam with live streaming video of the center, a frequently asked questions section, and…

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  Carnival Cruise Lines began an exciting chapter in its operations from Port Canaveral, Fla., yesterday when the 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy departed on a five-day cruise from the port’s new state-of-the-art Terminal 6. Yesterday’s sold-out cruise of the Carnival Ecstasy is the first of more than 225 annual departures from the new facility, which serves as a convenient embarkation/debarkation port for the line’s three ships sailing year-round from Port Canaveral.  In addition to four- and five-day Bahamas/Key West cruises on the Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival’s Port Canaveral-based ships include the 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation, which sails three- and four-day Bahamas voyages, and the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream offering seven-day Caribbean departures.  Together, these three ships carry more than 600,000 guests annually from the…

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Carnival made its Tales of the Cocktail debut in New Orleans, hosting an exclusive event for journalists aboard the Carnival Elation while it was docked in the Big Easy. Nearly 60 members of the press sampled refreshing libations from six-foot-high pop-up bars that artfully recreated four of Carnival’s most popular watering holes – The Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Pub, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar – with uniformed servers preparing drinks and answering questions. The journalists also had the opportunity to taste some of the delicious culinary offerings from BlueIguana Cantina and RedFrog Pub while learning more about the line’s bar innovations through an informative presentation by Vice President of Beverage Operations Eddie Allen. The food and beverage offerings are…

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Carnival Cruise Lines has begun testing a new program on two ships that provides guests with an exciting array of highly attractive benefits including priority embarkation, early stateroom availability and express luggage delivery, among other features, available for purchase through the new Faster to the Fun program. The pilot program will roll out on Carnival Imagination August 20 and Carnival Liberty August 25.  Faster to the Fun includes early embarkation, early stateroom availability, express luggage delivery service to staterooms, priority dinner seatings and tender availability, and choice of early or late debarkation. The program enables guests to get their “Fun Ship” vacation started early and also includes express access to the ships’ guest services desk for any assistance guests may…

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The Carnival Pride served as the venue for a reception and luncheon at the Port of Baltimore sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a trade organization that represents the North American cruise industry, and the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), a non-profit group that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for residents in the cruise industry’s homeport and port of call communities. During the event, which attracted community leaders and VIPs from the Baltimore area, CLIA and CICF representatives presented a donation of $50,000 to several local charities, including $15,000 to the Dundalk Youth Services Center and $20,000 to the Maritime Industries Academy as shown here. Carnival Pride launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009 and…

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