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December 2015

  Carnival Cruise Line capped off a Holiday Food & Fund drive in New Orleans benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank by constructing the world’s largest cruise ship made of canned food which was displayed on Monday night at the New Orleans Saints game. Carnival is the “Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints” and the 30-foot-long cruise ship built from more than 17,000 cans of food was the culmination of a Holiday Food & Fund drive involving New Orleans-area schools that was sponsored by Carnival and the NFL franchise. The can structure was built in consultation with the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and required more than 100 volunteers who expertly positioned the…

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  John Heald’s “Whatever We’re Gonna Call These” video series continues with Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald, the latest company executive to be interviewed by the popular brand ambassador. During the interview Heald asks Arnold his thoughts on the new Carnival Vista and even challenges the CEO to a race aboard the ship’s SkyRide, a groundbreaking aerial attraction that will consist of hanging recumbent-like bicycles encircling an elevated 800-foot-long track. The interview with Donald can be viewed here.  

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Carnival Sunshine’s Inaugural Call in Martinique Marked with Shipboard Ceremony

by Joyce Oliva

To commemorate Carnival Sunshine’s inaugural call in Martinique, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between the ship’s officers and officials from the Caribbean island. Carnival Sunshine visited Martinique earlier this week during a 10-day Caribbean cruise that is part of Carnival Journeys, a collection of nine- to 15-day voyages featuring local culinary and entertainment experiences, exclusive team member Q&As and special activities, including a fun-filled “throw back sea day” with retro activities and old school dining options from the 1980s.  

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Morse Named Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations For Carnival Cruise Line

by Joyce Oliva

Richard Morse – an accomplished professional with more than 35 years of experience in the hotel and resort industry – has been named senior vice president of hotel operations for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, the world’s largest cruise operator. In this capacity, Morse will be responsible for all guest-facing aspects of the Carnival vacation experience, including entertainment, culinary and dining, beverage, housekeeping, and guest services and logistics.   He joins Carnival January 11, 2016, reporting to Gus Antorcha, Carnival’s executive vice president of guest shipboard operations. Prior to joining Carnival, Morse spent 36 years at Marriott International, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, most recently serving as general manager of Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the National Harbor…

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  In episode five in the Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista video series, host Peter Gonzalez takes viewers on a tour of the ship’s IMAX Theater – the first ever on a cruise ship – as well as the innovative accommodations that will be featured aboard the new 130,000-ton vessel which is currently being constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The video, which can be viewed here, examines the logistical challenges of installing the massive three-deck-high screen that will comprise the IMAX Theater, which is part of the Carnival Multiplex that also includes the Thrill Theater, a multi-dimensional cinema experience, and a concession stand.   Workers must cut through the ship’s hull to install a series of three panels weighing…

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  Carnival Cruise Line, in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, brought some holiday cheer to kids at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital in Charleston and The Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, hosting fun-filled “Merry Grinchmas” celebrations with appearances from The Grinch and more. Carnival also presented each facility with a $10,000 donation during the festivities. In addition to a reading of the classic Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, entertainment and youth staff from the Charleston-based Carnival Fantasy and Baltimore-based Carnival Pride cruise ships recreated the line’s popular holiday show with the ships’ singers and dancers performing for kids in each facility’s respective play areas. The shows were highlighted by a visit from The Grinch as…

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Making a Difference This Holiday Season

by Joyce Oliva

  Carnival Cruise Line and its employees, both on board and ashore, are doing their part to make the holidays brighter for needy children this year. As part of their annual support of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, the company’s shoreside employees donated 500 toys and bikes that will be given to underprivileged children throughout South Florida. Shipboard team members are also participating in a gift donation program in conjunction with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.  In addition to collecting and donating toys, bikes and games, shipboard team members are visiting orphanages and hosting shipboard luncheons for hundreds of children throughout the Caribbean this year.

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Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival LIVE entertainment concept to include two hilarious performances by two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin in February 2016. Bringing the best in live entertainment to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind on-board experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by major artists at a great value.  Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house. Griffin will showcase her distinctive brand of pull-no-punches comedy with two shows while ships are docked in Cozumel – one aboard Carnival Fantasy February 24 and another aboard Carnival Breeze February 25. Known for…

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