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March 2014

With the official launch of the Carnival Seuss at Sea program on Carnival Splendor earlier this month, our video team captured some of the fun, including the debut of Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, A Rhyming Good Time. The interactive reading event is one of several themed activities under a partnership between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Carnival Cruise Lines.  Seuss-a-palooza Story Time takes place in a vibrant, custom-created setting on the ship with the Cat in the Hat serving as master of ceremonies. Also captured in the video is the fun and lively Seuss-a-palooza Character Parade where guests join Dr. Seuss characters in a swirly conga line along Carnival Splendor’s promenade. Another popular aspect of the program is The Green Eggs and…

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Carnival Cruise Lines – Texas’ largest cruise operator – today announced a grand slam partnership with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers that plays at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. This multi-year partnership marks Carnival’s first-ever relationship with a professional baseball franchise. As the Official Cruise Line of the Frisco RoughRiders, Carnival will bring its signature brand of fun to fans of the popular Dallas-area team throughout the 2014 season. Carnival will help fans celebrate the most exciting part of the game – home runs – with two specially designed promotions that kick off with the RoughRiders’ season opener on April 3. Every time a RoughRiders player hits a home run, fans will hear the…

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Just in time for the spring and summer cruise season, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a new Kids Sail Free promotion in conjunction with a variety of three to eight-day sailings departing between April 26 and August 28, 2014. Guests who sail as the third, fourth or fifth occupant in a stateroom using the line’s Fun Select fares are eligible for this new promotion, which is valid on a wide range of cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and other destinations departing from more than a dozen convenient homeports across North America. Bookings must be made between March 26-28, 2014, to qualify. Certain restrictions apply.  

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Carnival Freedom will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover this spring that will add the first-ever Bookville family reading venue – part of the recently launched Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises – along with a variety of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement initiative. The majority of these exciting new features will be incorporated during a dry dock that will take place in Freeport, The Bahamas, from April 19 to May 3, 2014. Following the dry dock, Carnival Freedom will resume its popular six- to eight-day Caribbean schedule from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and introduce two new five-day Caribbean options, marking the first time that a Fun…

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Carnival Splendor will operate a series of two- to seven-day voyages, including a week-long cruise to Bermuda, from the Port of Norfolk in 2015.  The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor is the newest and largest “Fun Ship” ever to operate from the historic Virginia port. Carnival Splendor’s Norfolk program will kick off in May 2015 and will encompass a wide range of itinerary choices, including: A value-packed two-day cruise departing May 16, 2015 Three, five-day Bahamas cruises calling at Nassau and Freeport, departing May 11, May 18, and October 12, 2015 A six-day Bahamas cruise calling at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, as well as Nassau and Freeport, departing October 17, 2015 A seven-day Bermuda cruise departing October 23,…

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Carnival Cruise Lines has named Dolores L. Calicchio vice president – shipboard human resources, effective March 31, 2014.  Calicchio will report to Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president – ship operations. Calicchio will be responsible for developing, integrating and managing the cruise line’s core human resource strategy and functions for all shipboard hotel and marine personnel across Carnival’s 24-ship fleet.  In addition, she will oversee the line’s recruiting efforts, crew training and certification, and compensation, benefits, and crew welfare programs. In collaboration with the ship operations team, Calicchio also will oversee the continuing development of the Carnival Service Values fleetwide hospitality training program, as well as reinforce the line’s culture of safety and reliability. “Dolores’s experience at large organizations and…

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Carnival Foundation, in partnership with the Miami HEAT NBA basketball team and Florida Prepaid College Foundation, presented 16 South Florida students with four-year college scholarships Friday, March 14, during halftime at the HEAT basketball game against the Denver Nuggets. The students currently participate in the “Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program,” an innovative workplace program sponsored by Carnival and the Miami HEAT, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, that pairs a student with an employee mentor from Carnival. Prior to entering high school and participating in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program, the students attended the HEAT Academy, an after-school enrichment program for at-risk elementary-age youth. The 2014 scholarship recipients include: Rose Abel – William H. Turner…

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During a reception held earlier this week at the 30th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Carnival Cruise Lines was presented with Porthole Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Burger, in recognition of the Guy’s Burger Joint venues developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri and featured on a number of the line’s vessels. Carnival’s Vice President of Product Development Lania Rittenhouse (right) is pictured here receiving the award from Porthole Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff during the festivities. Guy’s Burger Joint debuted on Carnival Liberty in 2011 and has been rolled out to several other vessels as part of Fun Ship 2.0, the line’s $500 million product enhancement strategy. The stand-alone poolside dining venues feature freshly grilled burgers with tasty…

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Carnival Cruise Lines’ exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises kicked off in grand style last week on Carnival Splendor which became the first “Fun Ship” to offer Seuss at Sea, a fleetwide program featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. The fun-filled festivities included the first-ever Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends, where both the young and young at heart enjoyed deliciously playful food straight from Dr. Seuss’s imagination – green eggs and ham, colorful fruit and pancake stacks, funky French toast, as well as traditional breakfast favorites, all served by wait staff in Dr. Seuss-inspired uniforms. Popular characters such as the…

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Templeton Tours Hosts 35th Charter with Carnival Cruise Lines

by Joyce Oliva

Templeton Tours, a leading Christian-themed charter operator, recently hosted its 35th charter with Carnival Cruise Lines, a five-day cruise on the Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville, Fla. A number of festivities were held on board to mark the historic milestone, including a reception in the Carnival Fascination’s Tara Library attended by Templeton and Carnival executives and the ship’s management team. Templeton Tours has been working with Carnival on their charter business since 2001, and over the past 13 years, more than 60,000 guests have participated in the religious-oriented sailings which feature guest speakers, musical performances and special activities. “Templeton Tours has been a valued partner of Carnival Cruise Lines for more than a decade and we couldn’t be more pleased to…

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