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September 2012

Chris Bosh, a member of the 2012 NBA Champion Miami HEAT, was the guest speaker at today’s kick-off event for Carnival’s Scholarship & Mentoring Program, which matches Miami-Dade County high school students with a member of the company’s management team to provide students with a first-hand look at the business world. The students are all former attendees of the Miami HEAT Academy, an after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Bosh offered an inspirational and thought-provoking speech to more than 90 students and their mentors that focused on the challenges he faced growing up, the importance of education and what it takes to be successful. Following Bosh’s comments, he opened up the floor…

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Alright Mr. DeMille, She’s Ready for Her Close Up: Carnival Dream Completes Dry Dock

by Joyce Oliva

After 13 days in dry dock, Carnival Dream is making its way back to Port Canaveral, Fla., with some fun and exciting new venues, ready for guests to enjoy. The candy bins at Cherry on Top are filled to the brim with delicious confections and the bars are fully stocked at BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar ready to dish up refreshing daiquiris and margaritas. Carnival Dream Photo Manager Kevin Gardner, who has documented the entire dry dock process, captured some amazing pictures of the finished product as shown in the following slideshow. Carnival Dream will welcome its first guests post-dry dock when it resumes its year-round seven-day Caribbean schedule from Port Canaveral tomorrow, Sept. 22, 2012.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR BOO AT THE ZOO PRESENTED BY CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES A “SPOOKTACULAR” ANNUAL SAFE HALLOWEEN EVENT October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2012 Carnival Cruise Lines to Bring Even More Fun to New Orleans as Presenting Sponsor Event benefits Children’s Hospital and Audubon Zoo Tickets are now on sale for Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines! The annual Audubon Zoo Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes and entertainment and even more fun from Carnival Cruise Lines. All games and treats are free with $17 admission (for children and adults), excluding concessions. Tickets are now available at AudubonInstitute.org or…

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Tickets are now on sale for Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines! The annual Audubon Zoo Halloween event for children up to age 12 features trick-or-treat houses with candy, a Ghost Train, a haunted house (scary and non-scary), games with prizes and entertainment and even more fun from Carnival Cruise Lines. All games and treats are free with $17 admission (for children and adults), excluding concessions. Tickets are now available at AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon attraction ticket window. Boo at the Zoo Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines will be held on four nights over two weekends including: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 from 5:00-9:00PM each night.  To…

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With only a couple of days until Carnival Dream’s “final reveal” out of its two-week-long dry dock in the Bahamas, Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar and Cherry on Top are almost ready to start serving up some fun memories. Carnival Dream Photo Manager Kevin Gardner continues to document the progress of the ship’s makeover, capturing some truly dazzling images of the new and exciting spaces that have been added over the past 10 days. Carnival Dream is scheduled to resume its year-round seven-day Caribbean schedule from Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 22, 2012.  Be sure to check back for additional images as the ship’s dry dock continues.

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Days Six through Eight of Dry Dock Have Carnival Dream’s Cherry on Top Looking Sweet!

by Joyce Oliva

Over the weekend, Carnival Dream Photo Manager Kevin Gardner continued to document the ship’s dry dock and refurbishment process with some great pictures of Cherry on Top, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar which are starting to take shape. Workers are pictured here continuing to add the unique touches and details that make each one of these areas so distinct, like Cherry on Top’s red light tree and candy bins, as well as, BlueIguana Tequila Bar’s beautiful blue tile and RedFrog Rum Bar’s colorful bar. Carnival Dream is scheduled to resume its year-round seven-day Caribbean schedule from Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 22, 2012.  Be sure to check back for additional images of the ship’s dry dock progress.

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  Continuing its support of its homeport communities, Carnival Cruise Lines made a donation of $10,000 to the United Way of Brevard during the grand opening festivities of the new Terminal 6 at Port Canaveral, Fla. Carnival also provided a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two from Port Canaveral aboard the Carnival Dream to one lucky attendee of the event, which kicked off the United Way of Brevard’s fall campaign. Carnival’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Berra served as the keynote speaker for the event, which featured a fun Wizard of Oz theme with characters from the legendary film interacting with guests and the new terminal decorated to resemble the fabled Emerald City. Berra’s comments highlighted the outstanding, mutually beneficial relationship between…

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  Carnival Cruise Lines was a big winner at the annual Cruise International Awards, taking top honors in three categories – Best Cruise Line, Best Innovation (Thrill Theater) and Best Cruise Blogger (Senior Cruise Director John Heald). Sponsored by Cruise International Magazine in the UK, the awards were based on the results of thousands of respondents who were asked to cast their votes in a wide range of cruise-related categories. Carnival was up for Best Cruise Line award against several of the industry’s most successful and recognizable cruise operators.  Carnival has recently intensified its efforts in promoting “Fun Ship” cruising in the UK, developing a comprehensive marketing and advertising strategy and deploying two ships in Europe next year.  Carnival Legend…

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It’s day five of the Carnival Dream’s dry dock and refurbishment and the RedFrog Rum Bar and the BlueIguana Tequila Bar are beginning to take shape on Lido Deck.   Workers are pictured here slowly piecing together the unique components of each bar, all part of Fun Ship 2.0, a $500 million enhancement program that is adding a number of exciting innovations across the line’s fleet. Soon, guests hanging out on Carnival Dream’s Lido Deck will be able to choose between the fun Caribbean vibe at RedFrog Rum Bar, offering refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, or the laid-back Mexican themed atmosphere of the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, with tequila-based frozen drinks and Mexican beers. Carnival Dream is scheduled to resume…

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Carnival Launches New Three-Day Sale with Discounts of Up to $300 Per Stateroom and Reduced Deposit Amounts

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Lines today launched a new promotion offering discounts of up to $300 per stateroom and a 50-percent reduction on deposits on a wide variety of 2012-2013 “Fun Ship” voyages. The promotion is available in conjunction with virtually all of the line’s three- to 18-day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Alaska, Europe, Panama Canal, Hawaii, and South America departing between September 2012 and May 2013.  Bookings must be made September 11-13, 2012, to be eligible for the promotion. With the new promotion, guests will receive discounts of up to $150 per stateroom on three- to five-day cruises and up to $300 per stateroom on voyages of six days or longer on new reservations for stateroom categories 4A (interior)…

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