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October 2014

  Inspired by the Dive-In Movies that are a popular attraction aboard Carnival’s “Fun Ships,” the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital enjoyed a night of Halloween-themed outdoor fun at the Memphis, Tennessee hospital. The festivities began with arts and crafts with kids making their own trick-or-treat bags and other “spook-tacular” creations.  Then it was on to the outdoor plaza at Target House, a long-term living facility for the families of St. Jude.  There, kids could relax on lounge chairs and enjoy popcorn, candy and other traditional movie fare as they watched the popular Halloween flick Hotel Transylvania under the stars. All agreed it was a great way to get in the spirit of Halloween.  Can’t wait for next…

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AOL today announced the launch of “Laughs on Deck,” a new branded series in partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines starring George Lopez who serves as the cruise line’s curator of comedy. The first two episodes of the new AOL series are now available, with four additional episodes slated to go live in the coming weeks. “Laughs on Deck” marks an expansion of Carnival Cruise Lines’ current relationship with AOL, having signed on as the brand sponsor for AOL Original “Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon.” In this new AOL series, comedian George Lopez boarded three Carnival Cruise Lines ships to provide guests and fans with truly unforgettable on-board experiences, going undercover and taking on the jobs of various crew members. Lopez…

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The search is over for the “Most Spirited High School Marching Band” in Houston!  Today the pride of The Woodlands College Park High School Marching Band earned the coveted title following a month-long competition sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines and KHOU 11. More than 40 local high schools competed in “The Battle of the High School Marching Bands” contest and the winner was crowned after nearly 9,000 votes were cast by friends, family and the community. Carnival Cruise Lines and KHOU 11 representatives surprised the marching band students, faculty and the administration at The Woodlands College Park High School in The Woodlands today to share the news and invite the band to perform live on KHOU 11 News this Morning.…

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Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill To Retire

by Joyce Oliva

Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, announced today that he is retiring, effective November 30, after 20 years of service. Cahill, 63, has been CEO of Carnival Corporation’s largest cruise brand since 2007, growing the cruise line to 24 ships – the largest in the company’s fleet — during his tenure. “Gerry has been instrumental in taking Carnival Cruise Lines to new heights as one of the preeminent brands in the cruise industry,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company. “He and his team have delivered new innovations to cruising while growing the business year after year.” During his tenure as CEO, Cahill and his team launched four new ships and introduced a…

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Backstreet’s Back – on the Carnival Ecstasy!

by Joyce Oliva

Fans of the Backstreet Boys got together on the Carnival Ecstasy this past weekend for three days of music, sun and fun during a full-ship charter that was highlighted by an unforgettable concert at the beautiful private island of Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas. The festivities also included a musical performance on board, along with meet and greet opportunities and a question and answer session with the chart-topping super group who have sold more than 130 million albums worldwide. Attendees of the Backstreet Boys charter also had a chance to check out all of Carnival Ecstasy’s on-board amenities, from the WaterWorks aqua park and Serenity adults-only retreat to a luxurious spa and delicious dining venues.

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The Fort Lauderdale Improv will be transformed into Carnival Cruise Lines’ Punchliner Comedy Club on Wednesday, November 12, as part of a special fundraiser benefiting CHARLEE of Dade County, a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to help abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families throughout South Florida. 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 8:30 p.m. with sets by four hilarious comedians – John Dicrosta, Tony Esposito, Thea Vidale and Billy D. Washington – who have entertained thousands of guests in Carnival’s shipboard comedy clubs as well as comedy venues throughout the country. The most…

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Irie, Mon! Carnival Magic Guests Receive Special Island Greeting During Montego Bay Call

by Joyce Oliva

  When guests debarked the Carnival Magic earlier this week in Montego Bay, Jamaica, they were welcomed with a special greeting from local residents that celebrated the fun, relaxed ambiance of one of the cruise industry’s most popular destinations. From a traditional steel drum band and stilt-walkers creating fun balloon animals to photo opps with the city’s official parrot mascot, Carnival Magic guests got into the true spirit of “Mo Bay” before heading out to enjoy all this scenic port of call has to offer. Montego Bay is a featured port on the Carnival Magic’s seven-day western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas.  Next year, the ship is scheduled to make 10 calls in Montego Bay, bringing more than 40,000 visitors…

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Carnival Cruise Lines UK has today announced two new executive promotions with Iain Baillie named managing director of UK sales and Erin Johnson UK marketing director. With 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Iain Baillie joined Carnival Cruise Lines UK in 2012 from Complete Cruise Solutions representing P&O, Cunard, and Princess as a senior sales manager. Baillie’s appointment to managing director of sales at Carnival Cruise Lines UK follows a hugely successful execution of trade sales achieved through key trade partners as well as forging new relationships across the UK and Ireland. Erin Johnson began her career at Sea Vacations in 2001 as a sales and marketing coordinator, swiftly progressing up the ranks and eventually being appointed marketing…

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  This past Sunday, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Official Cruise Line of the Dallas Cowboys, held its first-ever Tailgate Takeover at AT&T Stadium with an appearance by Chef Guy Fieri – whose Guy’s Burger Joints are on several of the line’s “Fun Ships” – as well as a pre-game concert by country music superstars Rascal Flatts. A recap video of the day’s events can be viewed above. In addition to visiting tailgaters, signing autographs, and offering his own custom grilling tips, Fieri was on hand to judge the inaugural Burger Battle with delicious entries from three talented Cowboys fans, each of whom won a free seven-day cruise on the Carnival Freedom, which will be based year-round in Galveston beginning next…

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