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November 2013

Continuing their annual Thanksgiving tradition, nearly 30 members of Carnival Cruise Lines’ all-volunteer service group, the Friends Uniting Neighbors (F.U.N.) Team, carved more than 150 turkeys and sliced dozens of pies on Wednesday night at Camillus House, a homeless assistance center in downtown Miami.  The turkeys and pies were included as part of dinner served by Camillus House to more than 350 Miami-area homeless individuals on Thanksgiving Day. The project was one of the Fun Team’s weekly community service projects which are coordinated in conjunction with a variety of social service, educational and arts-related organizations throughout South Florida.  

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Guests sailing on Carnival Sunshine’s Caribbean departures from New Orleans can now enjoy freshly made, hand-rolled sushi, sashimi and other Asian delights at Bonsai Sushi, which recently opened on the totally transformed vessel. Tucked away on Mezzanine Deck 4, Bonsai Sushi offers a wide variety of menu items available a la carte, with prices ranging from $1 for appetizer-sized portions to $15 for a sushi “ship” for two, all enjoyed amidst stunning Asian-inspired interiors. Bonsai Sushi was the last component of the extensive makeover that incorporated all of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment innovations.  The new venue is just one of several exciting dining options aboard Carnival Sunshine, which also features a classic American steakhouse, Fahrenheit…

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Colleen Kelly, host of the PBS’ travel show, “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” embarks on a voyage of adventure and fun with her two kids during a half-hour show taped during a Caribbean cruise on Carnival Breeze which airs November 30. Viewers can follow Colleen and her family as they check out all that Carnival Breeze has to offer and soak up the sun in Grand Turk with Colleen providing trip highlights and family cruising tips along the way. From zipping down the water slides and traversing the suspended ropes course to enjoying a delicious family-style meal in the Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant, Kelly and her children demonstrate why family cruising is the industry’s fastest growing market.  Carnival Cruise…

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Laughter For A Good Cause

by Joyce Oliva

The Fort Lauderdale Improv will be transformed into Carnival Cruise Lines’ Punchliner Comedy Club on Tuesday, November 26 as part of a special fundraiser benefiting the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” campaign that donates toys to needy children and families. Sponsored by Carnival’s Global Contact Center and hosted by Eli Rodriguez, one of the company’s personal vacation planners who is also a professional comedian, the festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. with sets by three hilarious comedians – Happy Cole, Tommy Drake and Lester Bibbs – who keep audiences in stiches on board Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships as well as comedy clubs throughout the country. The special one-night-only event is open to the public and tickets are available for $20 online at http://ftl.improv.com/show.cfm?id=269047 or…

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The totally transformed 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine – the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans — will sail this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from the Big Easy, embarking on a six-day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Earlier this year, Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover that added a variety of innovations that are part of Carnival’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative, along with several features unique to this vessel and 182 new staterooms. Today’s voyage kicks off a winter schedule of Caribbean departures from New Orleans that will further bolster the line’s position as the port’s number one cruise operator, carrying 330,000 guests annually on two year-round ships. “The transformation…

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Students participating in Carnival’s Scholarship & Mentoring program recently had a special guest speaker – Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald who spoke at length about his varied life and career which has taken him from humble beginnings in his hometown of New Orleans to his current position overseeing one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies. During his hour-long talk, Donald spoke about the importance of perseverance, setting goals and striving to do your best, citing many examples of challenges and obstacles he’s faced over the years. Donald also detailed his varied business career, which has included senior management positions in the engineering and agricultural fields and running one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations to…

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Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise Earn Perfect 100 U.S.P.H. Inspection Scores

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Liberty and Carnival Paradise each scored 100 during its most recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) in Miami and Tampa, respectively, marking the seventh time that a Carnival Cruise Lines ships has earned a perfect U.S.P.H. inspection score this year. To earn a 100 score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 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…

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Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) and the Miami HEAT today announced that Carnival Corporation & plc, its 10 cruise brands and the Carnival Foundation will team up with the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami HEAT in making a pledge to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Miami HEAT owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc. “All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people,” Arison said. “The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our…

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  In recognition of Carnival Cruise Lines’ outstanding support of the port of Cozumel, Carnival Imagination Captain Andrea Viacava accepted the “Friends of Cozumel” award from the city’s recently elected mayor, Fredy Efren Marrufo Martin, marking his first official presentation as mayor. The award was presented to Carnival Cruise Lines to acknowledge the company’s longstanding relationship with the popular Mexican port.  Thirteen of Carnival Cruise Lines’ 24 ships will visit Cozumel this year, bringing more than 1.5 million passengers to the island. Carnival Cruise Lines’ parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, also operates the Puerta Maya Cruise Center in Cozumel, which includes a cruise ship pier, a welcome center and a variety of retail shops and restaurants.

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Backstreet’s Back – On the Carnival Imagination!

by Joyce Oliva

Nick, A.J., Brian, Kevin, and Howie – otherwise known as the Backstreet Boys – are shown here decked out in their spiffy dress white uniforms with officers and staff of the Carnival Imagination, which served as the venue for the ever-popular Backstreet Boys Cruise. Nearly 2,100 fans joined the group for three days of music and fun while checking out all the features aboard the 70,000-ton cruise ship, from racing down the water slide to enjoying a delicious array of international cuisines. Sponsored by Rose Tours, the cruise marked the 20th anniversary of the formation of the group and included opportunities for fans get up close and personal with the guys through autograph signings, Q&A sessions and more.  

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