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February 2016

  For the fourth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line is partnering with the Tom Joyner Foundation to present the 2016 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. The Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, the voyage will take place aboard Carnival Breeze with a customized eight-day Caribbean voyage departing April 23, 2016, and visiting the beautiful tropical destinations of St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and serves as a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Historical Black Colleges and Universities of which Carnival is a proud sponsor. “This is one of those special experiences that will stay with you forever,” said Tom Joyner. “We sell…

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  The latest in the Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista video series goes to new heights – literally – focusing on a groundbreaking aerial attraction called SkyRide, which will make its seagoing debut when the massive 133,500-ton ship enters service in May. Host Peter Gonzalez takes viewers on a virtual tour of the first-of-a-kind shipboard activity in which adventure seekers pedal hanging recumbent-like cycles at speeds of up to 25 miles an hour across an elevated 800-foot-long track, all while enjoying panoramic views of the sea. There will be no charge for SkyRide. Gonzalez also ventures to Waconia, Minnesota, where he interviews SkyRide inventor Scott Olson who also created the first Rollerblades.  Olson developed SkyRide as a fun activity for…

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Carnival Paradise Hosts Group from Tampa YMCA

by Joyce Oliva

As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s ongoing support of its homeport communities, the Carnival Paradise hosted a group of underprivileged youth from the YMCA during a turnaround day at the Port of Tampa. During their time on board, the children enjoyed in a behind-the-scenes look at the ship’s operations hosted by the ship’s leadership team, as well as lunch and a question and answer session with Carnival Paradise personnel. Carnival Paradise operates year-round four- and five-day cruises from the Port of Tampa, hosting approximately 170,000 guests on an annual basis.

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Carnival Enhances CHEERS! All-Inclusive Beverage Program

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Line has enhanced its CHEERS! all-inclusive beverage program to include a greater variety of non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a wider selection of high quality brand-name spirits and wines by the glass.  The enhanced program will be available for purchase March 1, 2016. CHEERS! is an all-inclusive beverage program that allows guests to enjoy a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by paying a flat daily rate.   Guests must be 21 or older to purchase CHEERS! and everyone in the same cabin must purchase the program. The following beverages are now available within the enhanced CHEERS! program: All spirits, including cocktails, cognacs, whiskies, and other spirits, as well as beer and glasses of wine, costing less than…

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  As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s Honor. Family. Fun. initiative in partnership country music superstar Carrie Underwood and the military assistance organization Operation Homefront, the seven-time Grammy winner hosted a special meet and greet for military families prior to her show last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Underwood was joined by Carnival President Christine Duffy and Operation Homefront Board Member Marty Hauser as she surprised the Martin family with an opportunity to attend a private, invitation-only concert for military families aboard Carnival’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, when the vessel makes its U.S. debut in New York in November 2016. The meet and greet was one of 10 pre-concert opportunities that Carnival, Underwood…

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  In preparation for its Space Coast debut this spring, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar dry dock that will add a variety of exciting dining and bar innovations,  including Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Pizzeria del Capitano and the Alchemy Bar. Currently sailing from Galveston, Texas, Carnival Magic will reposition to Port Canaveral, Fla., in April 2016 to begin year-round Caribbean departures from that port. “Carnival Magic is already a groundbreaking ship – it was the first to feature our popular Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant, the Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub and SportSquare outdoor recreation facility – and with these new features we’re making this spectacular floating resort even better,” said Christine Duffy,…

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  Carnival Cruise Line and International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) (IGT) have partnered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IGT Wheel of Fortune® slot machines, featured aboard all Carnival ships and in casinos worldwide. The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® and the world’s leading end-to-end gaming company will reward players with free cruises and a variety of exciting giveaways throughout 2016. The brands are also partnering with the most successful syndicated game show in television history, Wheel of Fortune, on a first-ever Carnival Cruise Line-themed week featuring an exciting viewer sweepstakes. Carnival Cruise Line and IGT During 2016, Carnival and IGT’s partner casinos will give away hundreds of free cruises on the Carnival Magic.  The winners will participate in…

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Carnival Breeze Earns Perfect 100 U.S.P.H. Inspection Score

by Joyce Oliva

  Carnival Breeze scored 100 during its recent United States Public Health (U.S.P.H.) inspection which took place in Miami earlier this month. 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 3,690-pasenger Carnival Breeze will operate six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami before repositioning…

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Carnival Cruise Line has opened reservations for its entire fleet through April 2018, with more than 3,500 two- to 19-day voyages offered across its 24 ships, as well as the new Carnival Vista set to debut in Europe May 1, 2016. Voyages will visit more than 70 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and other popular cruising regions.  Cruises depart from nearly 20 different North American homeports, providing consumers with convenient and cost-effective means for getting to and from their cruise. Included among the wide variety of offerings are more than 2,500 two- to five-day cruises, providing consumers with an array of options in the short cruise market.  These include new three- and  four-day  deployments for the Carnival…

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  Carnival Freedom has been recognized as the “best value for the money” in Cruise Critic’s sixth annual “Cruisers Choice Awards” which are based on reviews of Cruise Critic readers who rate ships in a wide variety of product- and service-related categories.  This marks the third consecutive year that a Carnival ship has earned best value honors. Based year-round in Galveston, Carnival Freedom has undergone a massive $70 million renovation that added a wide variety of innovations, including Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading venue – part of the line’s exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises – as well as a variety of popular dining, bar and entertainment concepts, many of which are available free of…

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