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March 2016

To mark the Carnival Sensation’s inaugural visit to Amber Cove Cruise Center — the Caribbean’s newest destination located on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast — a special ceremony was held on board with the ship’s officers and representatives from the $65 million facility which is operated by Carnival Corporation. Carnival Sensation visited Amber Cove as part of its new year-round four- and five-day schedule from Miami.  During the visit to Amber Cove, Carnival Sensation guests had a chance to check out Amber Cove’s wide range of food, beverage and retail offerings as well as a stunning array of exciting shore excursions that showcase this unique cruising region. Amber Cove is a featured destination on several Carnival Cruise Line ships as…

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  When guests on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, raise a pint in the RedFrog Pub & Brewery, they will have a choice of three distinctly flavored hand-crafted beers brewed right on board in the first brewery at sea in North America. Carnival Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery is the result of a unique collaboration between Carnival and Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery. Concrete Beach is an Alchemy & Science brand, an independently operating subsidiary of The Boston Beer Company. Alchemy & Science is home to other such popular breweries around the country, including Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles and Coney Island Brewing Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Each of these breweries produces beers specifically…

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Wheel of Fortune ‘Spin & Sail Week’ Begins Tonight!

by Joyce Oliva

Be sure to check out Carnival Cruise Line’s “Spin & Sail Week” on Wheel of Fortune which begins tonight and runs through Friday, March 25. In addition to providing players with Carnival cruises and other terrific prizes on the most successful syndicated game show in television history, “Spin & Sail Week” is designed to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the IGT Wheel of Fortune® slot machines, featured aboard all Carnival ships and in casinos worldwide. During “Spin & Sail Week,” the Wheel of Fortune set will feature a custom, tropical-themed ambiance with high-definition Carnival ship images and footage. In preparation for the broadcast, Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the Wheel of Fortune crew went on location to shoot customized segments…

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  Chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri, whose Guy’s Burger Joints on Carnival Cruise Line ships have earned a reputation as the best burgers at sea, has expanded his seagoing culinary offerings with a new authentic smokehouse and barbecue venue aboard Carnival Magic. Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse is a casual open-air eatery located on Carnival Magic’s Lanai on Promenade Deck featuring a wide variety of BBQ favorites smoked right on board over hickory and cherry wood using Guy’s signature recipes, rubs and spices.  A member of the American Royal National Barbecue Hall of Fame, Fieri is cooking up real-deal smokehouse favorites like bone-in, dry-rubbed, slow-smoked and pulled Championship Pork Butt, dry-rubbed and grilled Blue Ribbon Chicken, smoked Andouille sausage…

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  Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. – which each year provides thousands of Carnival Cruise Line guests with memorable and exciting landside experiences in Freeport, The Bahamas – has been named the cruise line’s “Tour Operator of the Year.” Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. was selected from hundreds of tour operators that work in tandem with Carnival to offer guests unforgettable offerings ashore throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Dozens of tour operators in select ports were also recognized with Carnival’s Leading Tour Operator Award.  Additionally, eight shore excursion operators were recognized for excellence with Carnival’s first-ever Most Innovative Tour Awards. This elite group was acknowledged for consistently developing and conceptualizing excursions that showcase the unique attributes of their…

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  Representatives from the islands of Barbados and Tobago were recently on board Carnival Sunshine for receptions to celebrate the ship’s inaugural calls at these two tropical destinations.  Barbados and Tobago were among the featured ports on Carnival Sunshine’s 13-day Carnival Journeys cruise which returned to Port Canaveral, Fla., on March 5. Carnival Journeys is a collection of nine- to 15-day seagoing adventures featuring exceptional ports and unique on-board experiences showcasing local cuisine, entertainment and cultural opportunities. The cruises also include enrichment seminars focusing on photography, cooking, arts and crafts, social media and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day” and Q&A sessions with shipboard personnel. Carnival Sunshine will continue its schedule of Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral…

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  Carnival Cruise Line has announced its fall 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup featuring country music star Sam Hunt and comedians Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan. Bringing the best in live music and comedy to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by major artists at a tremendous 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. Carnival LIVE performances are held while vessels are docked in Cozumel, Nassau and, for the first time, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay. Known for his innovative and boundary-breaking artistry, Sam Hunt will have audiences…

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First Call Function Commemorates Carnival Victory’s Arrival in Port Canaveral

by Joyce Oliva

Yesterday, a traditional maritime plaque exchange ceremony was held aboard the Carnival Victory to commemorate the ship’s start-up of three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla. Carnival Victory joins Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor to provide the widest variety of cruise options from the Space Coast.  Together these three vessels will carry 600,000 passengers annually from Port Canaveral – the most of any cruise operator.  Carnival Cruise Line was the first cruise operator to recognize the potential of Port Canaveral as a year-round cruise homeport and recently celebrated its 26th year of sailing from the the port. Pictured here at the ceremony are Carnival Victory Captain Isidoro Renda and Port Canaveral Port Director and CEO Captain John Murray…

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Kathy Griffin Keeps ’Em Laughing Aboard Carnival Breeze

by Joyce Oliva

  Comedian Kathy Griffin brought her unique brand of pull-no-punches comedy to the Carnival Breeze with an energetic hour-long set during which she pulled the veil back on current events, including the ongoing political race, as well as pop culture news and her personal run-ins with celebrities and other “questionable figures.” Griffin’s show was the first-ever comedy performance of Carnival LIVE, a one-of-a-kind on-board entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by major artists at a great value. In addition to a spirited show that took place in the Carnival Breeze’s main show lounge, fans had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the comedian and received seating in the first five rows and a commemorative…

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  For the fifth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line kept kids entertained at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Fit & Fun as a Family event which is designed to promote healthy lifestyles to families. Held at Miami’s Jungle Island, the two-day event included lots of fun activities for both the young and young at heart, everything from arts and crafts where kids could color their own Carnival-themed aprons to face painting and limbo and hula hoop contests.  There was even an oversized Jenga game for all to enjoy.  Carnival also provided attendees with free frozen yogurt which was the perfect treat on a warm South Florida day.

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