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January 2015

Carnival Conquest’s arrival in its new homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was marked with a traditional maritime plaque exchange between Captain Domenico Cilento and Port Everglades officials on the ship’s bridge. Carnival Conquest operates the line’s popular six- and eight-day Caribbean cruise schedule from Fort Lauderdale, carrying an estimated 165,000 passengers annually from that port. Carnival Conquest replaces Carnival Freedom which will reposition to Galveston, Texas, next month.

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Richard Miller, who served in the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years and possesses extensive experience in shipboard and shoreside global marine operations, has been named vice president of nautical and safety operations for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line. In this capacity, Miller oversees all aspects of maritime safety and nautical operations for the company’s 24-ship fleet, including marine compliance, quality assurance, environmental functions and operational safety, with all shipboard deck and bridge personnel, including ship captains, reporting to him. “We are fortunate to have someone of Rick’s caliber overseeing this important aspect of our operations,” said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president of ship operations.  “Rick’s wide-ranging experience and expertise will be of great benefit as we strive for…

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Following its official handover ceremony from the Fincantieri shipyard, Carnival Vista will embark on its inaugural cruise from Europe – a 13-day voyage departing Trieste, Italy,   May 1 and arriving Barcelona on May 14, 2016. The voyage is the first of 18 European departures from Barcelona and Athens through October 21, 2016, that will feature a number of new ports for Carnival, including Crete (Heraklion), and Corfu, Greece; Valletta, Malta; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; and Gibraltar.  Carnival Vista’s European sailings include: May 1 (Trieste to Barcelona) – 13-day cruise calling at Dubrovnik, Athens, Izmir (Ephesus), Crete (Heraklion), Valletta, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), and Marseilles (Provence) May 14, June 11, July 9, September 3 and October 1 (Barcelona to Athens)…

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Refreshing Custom Cocktails Created by Carnival Bartenders for Sunday’s Big Game

by Joyce Oliva

  The “big game” is Sunday and the master bartenders at Carnival Cruise Line have created a pair of colorful cocktails inspired by the teams competing for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. The hand-crafted cocktails – “The Green Machine” and the red, white and blue “New Vice” – are the perfect complement for guests checking out all the exciting gridiron action being shown on board. Those who want to recreate these frosty and refreshing libations at home can follow these step-by-step instructions: GREEN MACHINE Ingredients: One ounce Bacardi Limon Quarter ounce Midori liqueur Half ounce Blue Curacao One ounce pineapple juice Three quarter ounce Pina Colada mix Instructions: Pour all ingredients into a blender with a scoop of ice.  Blend until…

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  Carnival Cruise Line unveiled details of its largest and most innovative ship to date, Carnival Vista, during an event in New York that provided attendees a chance to experience first-hand some of the many groundbreaking features that will be offered on the massive 133,500-ton vessel when it debuts in 2016. Attendees at the Take In The Vista event enjoyed tasty food and drink samples at exciting and innovative spaces reflective of Carnival Vista, including Seafood Shack which featured lobster rolls, fried clams and clam chowder; Bonsai Sushi offering short rib buns and sushi; Havana Bar serving up delicious traditional Cuban-style empenadas, croquettas, and sandwiches as well as specialty cocktails; RedFrog Pub where Caribbean sliders and fried shrimp were served,…

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Tripping Cool Named Carnival Cruise Line’s First ‘Tour Operator of the Year’

by Joyce Oliva

  Tripping Cool – which hosted thousands of Carnival Cruise Line guests on exciting and memorable shore excursions over the past year – has been named the cruise line’s first-ever “Tour Operator of the Year.” Cozumel-based Tripping Cool was selected from hundreds of tour operators who work in tandem with Carnival to provide guests with unforgettable landside experiences throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Carnival Cruise Line’s Tour Operator of the Year award is based on nominations by the company’s shoreside tour operations personnel in its Miami headquarters and shore excursion managers on board its ships, as well as guest ratings and feedback.  Tour operators were evaluated on a points-based system on the following criteria: innovation, creativity,…

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    There’s big fun and spectacular views on the horizon, as Carnival Cruise Line today announced the details of its most innovative ship ever, Carnival Vista, debuting in spring 2016.   Designed to connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features including: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; an expanded water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first raft-riding water tube slide; Seafood Shack, a delectable New England-inspired eatery; RedFrog Pub, including the line’s first onboard brewery, and other enhanced dining, bar and entertainment options;…

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Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new free mobile app that provides vacationers aboard Carnival Breeze with a variety of useful information to maximize the fun on their next Carnival cruise. The app includes an innovative “chat” feature that allows guests to exchange messages with their traveling companions using their mobile devices throughout the voyage for a low flat fee of $5 for the entire cruise. The line is also piloting enhanced Internet access aboard Carnival Freedom, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunshine that dramatically increases bandwidth and speed and also includes a first-ever social media package providing unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other popular sites for a fee of just $5 per day or $25 per voyage…

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Carnival Cruise Line has been ranked as the most improved U.S. brand in consumer perception for the past year in YouGov’s BrandIndex Buzz Rankings Report, which evaluates consumer perceptions of companies across multiple categories. BrandIndex’s rankings noted that Carnival’s change in consumer perception score for the full year 2014 was nearly double the improvement level achieved by the company ranked second on the most improved list. Carnival’s brand recovery has been supported by a number of new onboard family and entertainment programs and groundbreaking consumer initiatives. These include: Carnival LIVE — The introduction of this highly successful live concert program in 2014 featured shipboard concerts by Jennifer Hudson, Daughtry, Lady Antebellum and others. This first-of-its-kind concert series continues in 2015…

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  Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ number one cruise operator, will welcome Carnival Freedom to its new year-round homeport of Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, February 14, by hosting a celebration to honor U.S. military families. Through a partnership with Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial and other assistance to military families, Carnival will provide a day of onboard fun and exciting activities for service members and their families. Among the day’s festivities will be a special outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country superstar Martina McBride. “The arrival of Carnival Freedom to its new Galveston homeport is historic as it marks the first time a cruise line has based three year-round ships in Texas,” said Jim Berra, chief…

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