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April 2013

Carnival Freedom Earns Perfect 100 USPH Inspection Score

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Freedom scored 100 during its most recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marking the fourth time in the past five inspections that the ship has earned a perfect score. Carnival Freedom received perfect scores on all 42 items that comprise the U.S.P.H.’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program 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 evaluated, as well. The 2,974-passenger Carnival Freedom operates year-round six- and…

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES FEATURED ON TRAVEL CHANNEL’S TRIP FLIP Line’s Newest Ship, Carnival Breeze, to be showcased on Travel Channel show May 5, 2013 Carnival Cruise Lines will be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular Travel Channel series, Trip Flip.  During the show, a couple from Austin, Texas, is surprised with a six-day cruise on the line’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze, and whisked away to the balmy Caribbean. Hosted by professional fun-seeker, comedian, and travel expert Bert Kreischer, Trip Flip does a “switcheroo” on travelers who may already be on vacation, as well as people still in their hometown, by tossing out the guidebook and giving them an exceptional holiday experience they never saw coming. During the Carnival…

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Carnival Cruise Lines will be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular Travel Channel series, Trip Flip.  During the show, a couple from Austin, Texas, is surprised with a six-day cruise on the line’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze, and whisked away to the balmy Caribbean. Hosted by professional fun-seeker, comedian, and travel expert Bert Kreischer, Trip Flip does a “switcheroo” on travelers who may already be on vacation, as well as people still in their hometown, by tossing out the guidebook and giving them an exceptional holiday experience they never saw coming. During the Carnival Breeze episode, Texas natives Shannon and Nathan are initially taken on a vacation to Miami’s South Beach.  After a few days, they’re surprised with…

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Carnival’s “Fun Ships” are known for their exciting top-deck attractions and Carnival Sunshine’s open-air spaces will take this excitement to an entirely new level. The most recent video in the Carnival Sunshine’s transformation spotlights two spaces that are sure to be a hit with guests of all ages – the WaterWorks water park and the SportSquare outdoor recreation area. WaterWorks will offer all sorts of splash-tastic fun, from an exhilarating 334-foot-long Twister water slide – the longest in the Carnival fleet – to a kiddie spray area and the one-of-a-kind Speedway Splash, with twin slides where racers slide their way to the checkered flag as their times are displayed on a screen. SportSquare will feature a wide variety of fun…

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Ji Ji Asian Kitchen On Carnival Sunshine Promises Delectable Cuisine From The Far East

by Joyce Oliva

  A diverse menu of delicacies from the Far East will tantalize diners’ palates at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, a new full-service restaurant aboard Carnival Sunshine which debuts May 5. Located aft on Lido Deck, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen will offer mouth-watering creations inspired by regional cuisines from China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.  Items are listed with a corresponding number indicating the region where the cuisine originates. The menu includes seven different appetizers, including Nanjing-style duck, whose origin dates back 1,400 years, along with slow-braised pork belly and soups such as Tamarind & Shrimp and Chicken & Cilantro Root.  Even favorites like spring rolls get an interesting twist with lemon marmalade, curry leaves, pink grapefruit and cilantro…

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES COMPLETES COMMITMENT TO RAISE $3 MILLION FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL, EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP FOR FOUR MORE YEARS Cruise Line Pledges to Raise $5 Million Over Next Four Years For The Lifesaving Mission of St. Jude   After achieving a goal of raising $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over a three-year period with their Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids campaign, Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded upon its partnership by becoming the Official Celebration Partner at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has committed to a goal of raising an additional $5 million over the next four years. Carnival kicked off its role as Official Celebration Partner last week during the St. Jude prom…

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  After achieving a goal of raising $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over a three-year period with their Care to Play: Carnival for St. Jude Kids campaign, Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded upon its partnership by becoming the Official Celebration Partner at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has committed to a goal of raising an additional $5 million over the next four years. Carnival kicked off its role as Official Celebration Partner last week during the St. Jude prom which was highlighted by an appearance by legendary spin-master DJ IRIE, the cruise line’s official DJ who entertains crowds at Miami Heat games and clubs from South Beach to Las Vegas.  DJ IRIE took part in an…

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Following a 15-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Legend arrived in Barcelona this morning to launch its summer European schedule with a 12-day Mediterranean voyage departing this afternoon. Today’s voyage kicks off Carnival’s most diverse European season ever, encompassing the line’s first Norwegian fjords voyage and its first extended program from the UK. Carnival Legend’s 2013 European season runs April 22-Sept. 13 and includes 12-day voyages to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic departing from Dover (London), along with 12-day Mediterranean cruises departing from Venice, Barcelona and Dover. Following its European schedule, Carnival Legend will operate a one-of-a-kind 15-day trans-Atlantic crossing from London (Dover) to New York Sept. 25 – Oct. 10, 2013, calling at  Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland;…

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Today’s Carnival Sunshine video showcases the seemingly endless variety of choices that will be available aboard the totally transformed ship when it debuts next month. From authentic burritos and tacos at new BlueIguana Cantina and family-style Italian dining at Cucina del Capitano to the new full-service JiJi Asian Kitchen and the ever-popular Guy’s Burger Joint developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, Carnival Sunshine guests will have a tantalizing array of culinary choices. The video also showcases the transformation of the innovative Liquid Lounge which will serve as the venue for entertainment options like the high-tech Playlist Productions revues and the all-ages Hasbro, The Game Show.  At night, this room transforms into a sizzling dance club. These are but a…

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Carnival Cruise Lines is cancelling an additional two five-day voyages of the Carnival Triumph following a severe storm on Wednesday, April 3, in Mobile, Ala., where it was undergoing repairs at a local wet dock facility. During the storm, which had winds exceeding 70 miles per hour, Carnival Triumph broke away from its moorings at the BAE shipyard when four of the bollards on the pier that the mooring lines were tied to broke apart, causing damage to the vessel and delaying the repair work. The ship was towed to the Mobile Cruise Terminal where repairs continue. The situation has resulted in a 10-day delay in the scheduled repair plan. Carnival Triumph is now scheduled to return to service from…

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