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July 2015

  Kathie Lee Gifford—“Today” show host, original Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson and current brand partner with her GIFFT wine collection—today boarded Carnival Splendor in Manhattan to officially launch her GIFFT wine Pinot Noir Rosé. The new blend joins the GIFFT Red Blend and Chardonnay that were introduced fleetwide aboard Carnival’s ships earlier this year. Created in consultation with California-based Scheid Family Wines—one of the largest vineyard owners in Monterey County and known for having the longest growing season in California—the limited-edition Pinot Noir Rosé is 100 percent estate-grown and features ripe strawberry, raspberry and red apple aromas to exhibit bright fruit flavors framed by a crisp, juicy acidity. “I love that I’m launching our Pinot Noir Rosé aboard Carnival, with…

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  The new “Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista” video series continues with the second episode venturing below deck to showcase the line’s largest and most innovative ship which is set to debut from Europe May 1, 2016. In the video, entitled “Below the Waterline,” host Peter Gonzalez heads to the Fincantieri shipyard to interview Carnival Vista’s Chief Engineer Cesare Boldrini who talks about the groundbreaking technology incorporated into the 133,500-ton vessel – 85 percent of which has never been employed before on a Carnival ship. Gonzalez also explores the ship’s Azipod propulsion system that includes twin 170-ton propellers that can rotate a full 360 degrees.  He also examines the hundreds of massive 2,000-pound support blocks that must be expertly positioned…

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  Continuing Carnival’s longtime support of its homeport communities, the Carnival Fantasy, in partnership with port agent Inchcape Shipping Services and Customs and Border Protection, have donated metal bed frames and clothing to the Connie Maxwell’s Children’s Orphanage in Greenwood, S.C. Pictured here with the donated items are (from left): Carnival Fantasy Environmental Officer Joseph Kohrman, Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Kenzie Driggers III, Inchcape Shipping Services Ship Agent Gary Santos, Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Robert A. Fencel, and Carnival Fantasy Captain Stefano Battinelli, Staff Captain Salvatore Marrone, HR Director Tammy Smith, and Hotel Director Steve Scandale. Carnival Fantasy operates four-, five- and seven-day cruises from the Port of Charleston.  

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  Carnival Cruise Line has dramatically expanded its shore excursion offerings, adding exclusive new landside experiences and customized private tours, as well as new family-friendly enhancements, including fun complimentary beachside activities, value pricing and free tours in select ports for children under age five. The new options build upon Carnival’s leadership position in the shore excursion arena, with nearly 1,200 unique landside experiences offered by the line in more than 50 ports of call throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Canada, New England, and Central and South America. “Shore excursions are an important part of the Carnival vacation experience and we’ve gone to great lengths to provide our guests with even more choices and offer families unique value-added services and…

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  Brownie Buoy has been selected as the newest flavor that will be served at Carnival Vista’s Cherry On Top, a sweets shop featuring the line’s first premium mixed-to-order ice cream venue. The flavor was selected by patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during an ice cream party held at the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  During the party, the kids were asked to sample three ice cream flavors that were previously selected by Carnival’s Facebook fans as part of a fun social media contest sponsored by the line. Brownie Buoy – made with sweet cream ice cream, brownie bits, fudge and caramel – received the most votes and will be among the many treats served at Cherry on Top…

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Carnival Fascination scored 100 during its recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection which took place at Jacksonville, Fla.  Carnival Fascination is the sixth Carnival ship to earn a perfect score this year. 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 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination…

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Want to win a free cruise on the new Carnival Vista just for taking a photo of a New York City sunset? Now’s your chance through a fun social media contest that celebrates the unique phenomenon called “Manhattanhenge” – a New York City occurrence in which the sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid, illuminating the north and south sides of every cross street. City dwellers and tourists alike gather together to snap photos during the beloved Big Apple event which this year takes place on July 12. Inspired by Manhattan’s awe-inspiring skyline and taking the Carnival Vista’s name to heart, the contest asks participants to snap their best photo of the Manhattanhenge phenomenon and upload the image on July…

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  Carnival Vista, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, has been “floated out” from its dry dock facility and towed to a new location at the yard, marking a significant construction milestone in the ship’s construction progress in anticipation of its May 1, 2016, debut. The newest, largest and most innovative ship in the fleet, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista will offer a variety of one-of-a-kind features, including a suspended cycling experience called SkyRide, the line’s first on-board brewery and the first IMAX Theatre on a cruise ship.  Several unique stateroom options, including the new Family Harbor accommodations and the Havana staterooms and suites, will be included as well. Carnival Vista will operate a schedule of European…

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