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December 2013

Carnival Valor Spreads Holiday Cheer At Christmas Time

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Valor made the holidays a little brighter for some very special children, hosting 35 kids from an orphanage in St. Lucia, where the ship calls each Thursday. The festivities kicked off with a Christmas show in the main show lounge presented by the Carnival Valor’s team members followed by a lunch, ship tour and a photo op with Santa. It was a wonderful day of fun and many thanks to the Carnival Valor for bringing smiles to these children’s faces during the holidays.

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Earlier this morning, while sailing off the coast of St. Maarten, the Carnival Valor rescued five mariners from a pleasure craft that was sinking in inclement weather. Following the rescue, the five adults were brought on board Carnival Valor and evaluated by the ship’s medical staff, and provided with food and water.   Two of Carnival Valor’s deck officers sustained minor contusions during the rescue effort. Carnival Valor is currently in St. Maarten, its next scheduled port of call, where it arrived this morning. The rescue continues Carnival Cruise Lines’ longstanding practice of assisting distressed mariners and vessels at sea. Carnival Valor was on the last leg of a seven-day cruise that departed San Juan last Sunday, December 15, part…

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CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES TO BASE SEVENTH ‘FUN SHIP’ IN SOUTH FLORIDA Carnival Splendor to Operate Seasonal Caribbean Departures from Miami Beginning in 2014 Carnival Cruise Lines, the number one cruise operator in South Florida, will further bolster its leadership position in the market when the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor launches seasonal Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning November 9, 2014. Carnival Splendor will be the seventh Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship to be based in South Florida. Including Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate more than 400 three- to eight-day departures from PortMiami and Port Everglades, accounting for approximately 1.2 million guests annually – the most of any cruise operator. Carnival’s South Florida program features three to eight-day cruises visiting not only…

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Carnival Cruise Lines To Base Seventh ‘Fun Ship’ In South Florida

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Lines, the number one cruise operator in South Florida, will further bolster its leadership position in the market when the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor launches seasonal Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning November 9, 2014. Carnival Splendor will be the seventh Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship to be based in South Florida. Including Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate more than 400 three- to eight-day departures from PortMiami and Port Everglades, accounting for approximately 1.2 million guests annually – the most of any cruise operator. Carnival’s South Florida program features three to eight-day cruises visiting not only the best of the Caribbean and Bahamas but also a variety of unique destinations including the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay,…

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Employees from Carnival Cruise Lines’ Global Contact Center did their part to make the holidays a little brighter for South Florida families, donating thousands of toys and bicycles for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program worth over $52,000. The toys and bicycles are shown here at the company’s offices in Miramar, Fla., prior to being loaded onto trucks and distributed to unprivileged children throughout South Florida. This is just one component of the Global Contact Center’s longstanding support of Toys for Tots.  Last month, the center held a special comedy fundraiser at the Fort Lauderdale Improv that raised more than $8,000 for the program.

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Fun Video Showcases Carnival’s New Partnership with Dr. Seuss

by Joyce Oliva

Yesterday during a media reception aboard the Carnival Splendor in New York, Carnival Cruise Lines announced an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to create the new Carnival Seuss at Sea program which will bring the beloved children’s brand and favorite characters to the line’s 24-ship fleet. A new video showcasing the many fun and whimsical elements of the program, including the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends, as well as interviews with executives from Carnival and Dr. Seuss Enterprises and appearances by Dr. Seuss characters, can be viewed here. Carnival Seuss at Sea also includes special showings of popular Seuss movies on the poolside LED screens, and, on select ships, the new…

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One ship, two ships, it’s Dr. Seuss on cruise ships! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the beloved children’s brand and favorite characters to the line’s fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.”  In an industry first, the Carnival Seuss at Sea program will offer a variety of exciting and immersive onboard youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences featuring the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how,” said the Cat in the Hat in the iconic Dr. Seuss book. The fun on Carnival starts in the main dining room during The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat…

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A recent comedy fundraiser sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines and featuring three popular comedians was an overwhelming success, selling out the 350-seat Fort Lauderdale Improv Comedy Club and generating more than $8,000 for the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Sponsored by Carnival’s Global Contact Center and hosted by Eli Rodriguez, a Carnival personal vacation planner who is also a professional comedian, the standing-room-only event showcased the incredible talents of Happy Cole, Tommy Drake and Lester Bibbs, three hilarious comedians who are among the featured acts that regularly appear at Carnival’s fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs and at comedy clubs throughout the country. The benefit comedy show is just one of several holiday fundraisers coordinated by Global Contact Center…

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In conjunction with International Volunteer Day, more than 40 Carnival Cruise Lines employees helped to spruce up a park on Miami Beach as part of a day of community service organized by the Cruise Lines International Association, the trade association for the North American cruise industry. Partnering with employees from other cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines’ volunteers spent several hours painting a steel beam fence that surrounds the North Shore Park on Miami Beach and clearing non-native plants from a beachside area.  The plants were collected and will be made into mulch and compost with the help of Waste Management, Inc. Many of Carnival’s employees are members of the Fun Team, the line’s volunteer community service group that coordinates a…

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Carnival Corporation & plc and the Miami HEAT today announced that its pledge to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will exceed $1.5 million, more than a $500,000 increase from its original pledge. It was also announced that the donation, coming from Carnival Corporation & plc, its 10 cruise brands, the Carnival Foundation and the Miami HEAT, as well as a generous donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, will go to the following charities and support organizations: UNICEF – $500,000 Save the Children – $300,000 (includes $50,000 donation from P&O Cruises Australia) Direct Relief – $250,000 International Red Cross – $150,000 (includes donations from P&O Cruises UK, Princess Cruises and Cunard) International…

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