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October 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a special two-day voyage on the Carnival Pride departing from the Port of Baltimore on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 2 and returning the morning of Sunday, Nov. 4.  Rates for the one-time cruise start at $179 for balcony accommodations, based on double occupancy. The cruise was made possible as a result of the cancellation of the Oct. 28 departure from Baltimore due to the closing of vessel traffic to Chesapeake Bay. In addition to providing a fun weekend getaway at a great value, the two-day voyage offers consumers an excellent opportunity to sample the many facilities and features of this magnificent “Fun Ship.” The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride offers three restaurants, full casino gambling, a…

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Yesterday, New Orleans’ largest year-round cruise ship, Carnival Conquest, returned from a two-week, multi-million dollar dry dock in The Bahamas loaded with new dining, bar and entertainment options. The refurbished ship now features a number of elements of Carnival’s $500 million “Fun Ship 2.0” fleetwide enhancement program, including Guy’s Burger Joint – developed in tandem with Food Network personality Guy Fieri – an EA SPORTS Bar, and the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar. To mark the occasion and refurbishment of one of its local vessels, Carnival Cruise Lines made a substantial donation to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.  The contribution will specifically be used to help the people in affected parishes in rebuilding after Hurricane Isaac…

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Carnival Corporation & plc, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, today announced it has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction a new 135,000-ton vessel for Carnival Cruise Lines.  Representing a new class of vessel for the line, the 4,000-passenger ship is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016. The new Carnival Cruise Lines ship is part of a two-ship order that also includes a 99,000-ton vessel for Carnival’s sister company Holland America Line.  The total cost for the two vessels combined, which includes the U.S. dollar denominated contract price and all owner’s costs, will be approximately $195,000 per lower berth. Including the newbuilds announced today, Carnival Corporation & plc’s brands currently have nine new ships scheduled…

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Day Nine and Carnival Conquest is Looking Fine!

by Joyce Oliva

It’s day nine of the Carnival Conquest’s multi-million-dollar dry dock and things are really beginning to take shape as work continues in Freeport, The Bahamas. Over the past nine days, dozens of contractors have been hard at work installing several new bars, lounges and dining spots, which are all part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program. As depicted in the following photo montage, new on-board spaces such as Guy’s Burger Joint (developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri), the poolside watering holes RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, the Cherry on Top novelty/confection shop, EA SPORTS Bar, and cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar are just days away from welcoming their first patrons aboard Carnival Conquest,…

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‘Extreme Makeover – Bahamian Edition’ Taking Place Aboard Carnival Conquest

by Joyce Oliva

It’s day five of the Carnival Conquest’s two-week dry dock in Freeport, The Bahamas, and the exciting new spaces are beginning to take shape in anticipation of the ship’s return to service Oct. 28. The latest round of photos show contractors hard at work prepping the Lido Deck for a new burger spot called Guy’s Burger Joint, developed with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican station and two fun poolside watering holes – the RedFrog Rum Bar and the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, all part of the company’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative.  The Carnival Conquest’s makeover also extends to the ship’s other decks as well, with the cocktail-themed Alchemy Bar and the EA SPORTS Bar under…

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Considering all she has done to help grant the wishes of nearly 5,000 sick children during a nine-year stint on Make-A-Wish Southern Florida’s Board of Directors, it was only fitting that Brenda Yester received one of the nonprofit’s highest honors at its recent donor celebration.  Yester, a former board chair and two-time “Board Member of the Year,” received the “Nancy J. Strom Spirit Award” in recognition of the significant impact she has had volunteering for the organization. In addition to her contributions at the board level, Yester, senior vice president of revenue management at Carnival Cruise Lines, has also raised more than $60,000 as a “Walk for Wishes” team leader, personally granted wishes for children who have life-threatening medical conditions,…

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Happy Fun-O-Ween From Boo at the Zoo, Sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines!

by Joyce Oliva

Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate, Carnival Cruise Lines is creating a massive, 70-foot-long “Fun Ship”-shaped display comprised of more than 500 carved jack-o-lanterns at Boo at the Zoo taking place Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2012, in New Orleans. The creative display is part of the line’s sponsorship of the annual “spooktacular” event, which attracts thousands of families who will enjoy trick-or-treat houses, a Ghost Train, haunted houses, fun games with prizes and entertainment, children’s decoration stations, and more. Carnival’s sponsorship of the event underscores the line’s commitment to the New Orleans community and the company’s role as the city’s number one cruise operator.  Carnival carries 340,000 passengers annually on its two ships based year-round…

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Carnival Spirit Arrives in Australia

by Joyce Oliva

Earlier today, Carnival Spirit arrived at its new homeport in Sydney, Australia, where it will launch Carnival’s first cruise program Down Under, operating year-round eight- to 12-day voyages to the Pacific Islands beginning later this month. Carnival Cruise Lines’ senior shipboard photographer Radu Ursu was there to captured some beautiful pictures of the Carnival Spirit’s arrival into Sydney Harbour as well as the ship against the backdrop of the city’s iconic opera house.

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Carnival brought the “fun” to the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s Fun and Fit in the City event, Oct. 11-14, in the form of free frozen yogurt and a two-level obstacle course. Hundreds of families stood in line for a chance to  run the course and afterwards enjoyed a little free frozen yogurt, but neither of those was the biggest highlight at the Carnival booth. Guy Fieri, who hosted the Fun and Fit in the City event, dropped by to help Carnival Ambassadors serve yogurt and took some time to take pictures and sign autographs for participants. The Food Network personality and chef recently partnered with Carnival to develop Guy’s Burger Joint, a complimentary poolside “surf shack” serving…

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Carnival Conquest Sets Sail for its Fun Ship 2.0 Makeover

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Conquest departed New Orleans yesterday for a two-week dry dock in Freeport, The Bahamas, as part of the line’s $500 million “Fun Ship 2.0” fleetwide enhancement program. The ship is next in line to receive dramatic upgrades in dining, bar and entertainment. During the two-week period, a series of fun videos documenting the transformation will be posted on www.carnival.com and will highlight all the new spaces, including: RedFrog Rum Bar, an open-air Caribbean-themed watering hole offering refreshing rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s private label draft brew, ThirstyFrog Red, all enjoyed in a laid-back island-infused atmosphere.  BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a friendly rival just across the deck from the RedFrog Rum Bar, this Mexican-themed poolside bar specializes in frozen…

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