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August 2014

Carnival Splendor scored 100 during its most recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection which took place earlier this month in New York. 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 are evaluated, as well. The 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor operates four- to eight-day cruises from New York to popular…

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Carnival’s new Seuss at Sea program – an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises featuring a host of family-friendly events and activities – has been a huge hit with kids and parents alike. And for those who want to bring some Dr. Seuss-inspired fun to their next cruise or purchase a permanent keepsake of their vacation, the line is now offering Dr. Seuss–branded in-cabin decorations and merchandise on its web site, carnival.com, through its virtual store, The Fun Shops. Introduced earlier this year, Seuss at Sea features exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.  The fun-filled festivities include the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat…

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Three highly talented mixologists from Carnival Cruise Lines – Brian Bent, Ioana Luncean and Vera Restarovic – are among the finalists for the 2014 Bacardi Cruise Competition Bartender of the Year. To be eligible for the 2014 contest, entrants had to submit their own “Inspired Cocktail” recipes to a panel of judges from Bacardi who selected their top five finalists with a sixth finalist chosen by an on-line vote of cruise enthusiasts.  Judges recreated the entrants’ recipes to select the finalists whose cocktails were evaluated on the following criteria:  innovation, creativity, inspiration, craftsmanship, creative use of Bacardi ingredients, originality of name, appeal and presentation. Carnival’s three finalists include: Brian Bent (Carnival Liberty) for his Poseidon Cocktail comprised of Bacardi Oakheart,…

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