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January 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines and the Port of Baltimore today announced that the cruise line will resume year-round departures from Baltimore when the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride begins seven-day cruises in spring 2015. Carnival Pride is currently based in Baltimore where it will remain through October 2014 then reposition to Tampa for a winter cruise schedule before returning to Baltimore for year-round service in March 2015, hosting nearly 120,000 guests annually. In anticipation of Carnival Pride’s return to Baltimore, the ship will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover in fall 2014 that will add a host of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program. In addition to the new on-board features,…

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This Sunday is the “big game” and the master mixologists at Carnival Cruise Lines have created two refreshing custom cocktails for guests to enjoy while checking out all the exciting gridiron action aboard the “Fun Ships.” The hand-crafted libations – The Blue Blitz and The Green Machine – are inspired by the two squads competing for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend. Those who want to create these beverages at home for their own big game watch parties can follow these easy step-by-step instructions:   Blue Blitz Ingredients: 1.25 ounces Sauza Tequila .75 ounces Blue Curacao 1.75 ounces lemonade 1.75 ounces simple syrup Directions:  Pour all ingredients in a blender, add one large scoop of ice and blend until smooth. …

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The delicious hand-crafted burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint – a poolside burger venue developed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri currently featured on several Carnival ships – has earned Top Hamburger honors in the annual Porthole Cruise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Awards.  The awards recognize cruise lines in a broad range of product- and service-related categories. The first Guy’s Burger Joint debuted on Carnival Liberty in 2011 as part of the initial rollout of Fun Ship 2.0, the line’s $500 million product enhancement strategy. The venues were a huge hit from the get-go with guests lining up for Fieri’s freshly grilled burgers which are served with tasty and inventive toppings and hand-cut fries. It’s estimated that hungry Carnival guests consume more than 1,000…

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Yesterday, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Imagination kicked off a new West Coast cruise schedule when it departed on a four-day cruise from Long Beach. The arrival of the Carnival Imagination solidifies Carnival Cruise Lines’ position as Southern California’s number one cruise operator with three ships carrying 550,000 passengers annually. On its new Long Beach-based schedule, Carnival Imagination departs Thursdays on three-day cruises to Ensenada, Mexico, and on Sundays on four-day voyages to Ensenada and Catalina Island. Carnival Imagination joins its sister ship, Carnival Inspiration, which offers a similar short cruise program from Long Beach with three-day voyages departing Fridays and four-day sailings departing Mondays.  Additionally, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle offers seven-day Mexican Riviera and 15-day Hawaii cruises from Long Beach on…

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Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their “big day” even more special and memorable. Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year. Couples can say “I do” during unforgettable shipboard celebrations which now include a diverse array of lavishly presented culinary options and upgraded beverage service, along with new multi-tiered wedding cake choices like chocolate ganache, coconut cream, and red velvet, all baked on board.  Enhanced amenities…

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Lost Camera Returned to Owner After Traveling 1,200 Miles Across the Caribbean

by Joyce Oliva

When Captain Robert Webster, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Galveston, boarded the Carnival Magic to return a lost camera to its owner Nina Banks in Grand Cayman, it was the culmination of an incredible journey that began more than two years ago. While strolling along the shores of Galveston, Dr. Thomas Linton – a marine sciences professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston and Webster’s advisor — came across an underwater camera and really didn’t think too much about it. After removing the camera’s memory card and developing the photos, Linton began a painstaking process of determining where the images were taken. The words “Grand Cayman” in one of photos provided Linton with a starting point…

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Turn up the volume live music fans! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled a new entertainment offering to bring the best in live music to the seas. A first-of-its-kind experience in the cruise industry, the Carnival LIVE Concert Series offers Carnival guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists while ships are docked at select ports of call. Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series with the following artists: 38 Special Chicago Daughtry Foreigner Gavin DeGraw Jennifer Hudson Jewel Kansas Lady Antebellum LeAnn Rimes Martina McBride Olivia Newton-John REO Speedwagon STYX Trace Adkins “Performing live is one of my favorite things,” said GRAMMY® Award-winner, Jennifer Hudson at an…

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Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new promotion offering savings up to $400 per stateroom, complimentary upgrades and $50 per person deposit credit on a variety 2014 “Fun Ship” departures. The special discount offer includes savings of up to $200 per stateroom on two- to five-day departures and savings of up to $400 per stateroom on voyages of six days or longer, along with complimentary upgrades and a $50 per person credit toward the cruise deposit. Reservations must be made between January 20-31, 2014, to qualify for this special promotion which is available in conjunction with voyages within three months prior to sailing on two- to five-day cruises and within five months prior to sailing on cruises of six-days or…

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Guests sailing on a Carnival cruise who book a shore excursion through the cruise line can be completely confident they are getting the best price and best value with the introduction of a new shore excursion best price guarantee.  The only guarantee of its kind in the cruise industry, the program is now available fleetwide for all Carnival Cruise Lines shore tours on ships sailing from North America. Under the best price guarantee, guests who find the same tour offered by another operator at a lower price than their booked excursion either before or during their cruise can complete a claim form to receive 110 percent of the difference in the form of a shipboard credit. The guarantee is available…

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Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new promotion on its Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carnival) designed to help fans keep up with their New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s vowing to get or stay in shape or a commitment to venture out and explore the world, the two-week “Resolution Revolution” Instagram event offers daily videos and images with health and fitness tips, interesting travel facts, and ways for fans to make the most of their “Fun Ship” cruise. In the first post, Instagrammers can learn about keeping fit with tips from wellness expert Rebeca Santana (www.instagram.com/beckabrandfitness), as well as details on packing the perfect suitcase. In upcoming posts, fans can practice the latest dance moves with the line’s talented entertainers, learn beauty secrets,…

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