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March 2015

  Carnival Cruise Line returned to the Port of Baltimore and launched a year-round cruise program yesterday when the Carnival Pride departed on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas from the Cruise Maryland Terminal. Carnival Pride’s year-round schedule from Baltimore encompasses a wide range of departures, from five-day Bermuda cruises to seven- to 14-day voyages visiting top destinations in the Caribbean, The Bahamas and Florida. “We are thrilled to be returning to the Port of Baltimore which is such a fantastic cruise departure point for people in the mid-Atlantic states, the Northeast and beyond,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “Carnival Pride has just undergone a massive enhancement program that added a variety of great new features which, when combined with the wide range of itinerary options, makes the ship an…

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  To commemorate Carnival Pride’s inaugural call at Bonaire, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between Captain Francesco Borgogna and local officials. Carnival Pride visited Bonaire as part of a 14-day voyage that departed Tampa March 15 and arrives in Baltimore on March 29, positioning the vessel for the resumption of year-round service from that port. During Carnival Pride’s call at Bonaire more than 2,000 guests had the opportunity to experience and explore the tropical island paradise which is located off the coast of South America and surrounded by vibrant coral reefs popular with snorkelers and scuba divers the world over. In addition to the call by Carnival Pride, Bonaire is a featured port on select longer…

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  The 2015 Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicked off in grand style last week with two sold-out performances by rock legends Journey aboard Carnival Liberty and Carnival Splendor. Held aboard the two ships while docked in St. Thomas, Journey had audiences out of their seats and singing along as they performed hits from their incredible catalog of music which spans nearly 40 years. The two concerts by Journey are among the wide variety of popular musical acts performing this spring as part of Carnival LIVE.   Later this month, country superstars Little Big Town will perform three shows aboard Carnival ships in Nassau with R&B legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson entertaining audiences aboard three Carnival ships…

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Lakeland, Fla., Couple Sails on 100th Carnival Sensation Cruise From Port Canaveral

by Joyce Oliva

  Talk about brand loyalty!  On Sunday, March 15, Bernard and Janice Caffary boarded the Carnival Sensation in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas – the 100th time the couple has sailed on the 2,052-passenger “Fun Ship.”   The Caffarys are the first guests in the company’s 43-year history to sail on a single Carnival ship 100 times. The couple began sailing aboard Carnival Sensation in 2002 with the vast majority of voyages departing from Port Canaveral where the ship has been based since 2006.  Sunday’s Carnival Sensation cruise was the Caffarys’ 142nd voyage with Carnival overall. “We love cruising and there’s just something about the Carnival Sensation that is so special to us and has helped…

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  Carnival Sunshine – the first ship to feature all of the line’s spectacular Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment innovations – will offer a unique schedule from New York in 2016 encompassing 20 voyages departing between June and October 2016. This marks the first time that a Fun Ship 2.0-equipped ship will offer such a diverse itinerary schedule from the Big Apple with options ranging from value-packed two-day cruises to exciting 10-day Caribbean voyages. Carnival Sunshine will also offer a series of sailings from Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va., in summer and fall 2016, providing exciting new cruise choices in these markets.   Following these departures from New York, Charleston and Norfolk, Carnival Sunshine will return to its current…

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  To commemorate Carnival Triumph’s inaugural call at Cartagena, Colombia, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between Captain Alessandro Iemmi and officials from the historic South American city. Carnival Triumph visited Cartagena as part of a 12-day Journey of Discovery voyage that departed Galveston March 2 and also includes stops at George Town, Grand Cayman; Limon, Costa Rica; Colon, Panama; and Santa Marta, Colombia. Following the cruise, Carnival Triumph will resume its four- and five-day schedule from Galveston.  The ship will reposition to New Orleans in spring 2016 to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises from that port.

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Carnival Cruise Line has launched Carnival Journeys — a unique collection of nine- to 15-day seagoing adventures that kick off this fall and feature spectacular ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii and Mexico, along with unique shipboard experiences created especially for this one-of-a-kind cruise program. Carnival Journeys is designed to provide guests with exciting new itinerary choices that will feature less traveled, more exotic ports of call.  Carnival Journeys itineraries have been specifically designed for guests who are looking for a longer cruise vacation that will provide the opportunity to visit a wide variety of great destinations and more time to fully enjoy all of the features and facilities available on a selection of the line’s newest and most…

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Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its four- and five-day short cruise program from New Orleans by 34 percent when Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation on this schedule next spring. In turn, Carnival Elation will reposition to Jacksonville, Fla., for year-round four- and five-day cruises and Carnival Fascination will shift to San Juan for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning in spring 2016, providing consumers with fresh and exciting new choices in these markets.  As previously announced, Carnival Liberty will replace Carnival Triumph on the line’s year-round four- and five- day cruise program from Galveston next spring. “Repositioning these ships to New Orleans, Jacksonville and San Juan provides our guests and valued travel agent partners with fresh and exciting new…

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