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May 2016

  Tomorrow is National Hamburger Day and what better way to celebrate than with a tasty recipe for recreating a delicious burger available at Guy’s Burger Joints on Carnival Cruise Line, free-of-charge venues developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri. One of the most popular eateries at sea, Guy’s Burger Joints are featured on more than a dozen Carnival ships with upwards of 100,000 burgers devoured each week! The poolside dining venues feature four different variations of freshly grilled burgers with mouth-watering toppings, as well as hand-cut fries, all developed by Fieri.  Diners can also customize their burger with an extensive toppings bar featuring a variety of sauces and condiments, as well as accompaniments like bacon, blue cheese crumbles and…

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  For those looking to unwind and relax, the new Carnival Vista has a lot to ahhh about. The luxurious two-level Cloud 9 Spa features an array of chill-worthy amenities, including Carnival’s first infrared sauna and Hammam Chamber, as well as special “experience showers” that provide a soothing fragrance element, a large heated whirlpool, four steam chambers and a high-tech indoor cycling studio. Carnival Vista – the line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship – debuted earlier this month in Europe. Exclusive to Carnival Vista is the Infrared Heat Chamber.  The chamber’s heating system is built into the walls with 80 percent of the heat gently warming the body and the remaining 20 percent of infrared heat released into the…

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  Earlier today at Fincantieri’s historic Castellammare shipyard located along Italy’s Sorrento peninsula, a launch ceremony was held for Carnival Cruise Line’s second Vista-class ship scheduled to enter service in spring 2018. Carnival President Christine Duffy served as godmother to this event, during which a gigantic, 300-foot-long section of the ship’s hull, constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard, was launched into the water via a traditional method that involved sliding the section down a ramp versus the newer, more common method of filling a dry dock with water. After a priest’s blessing, Duffy cut a ceremonial cord, releasing the massive section into the water to great fanfare.  The section will be moved via tug boats to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard where other…

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  From authentic Asian delicacies and a New England–inspired seafood eatery to light bites with a Cuban flair, the new Carnival Vista offers an exciting and flavorful array of international dining choices. Complementing the delicious fare is a wide variety of bars, lounges and watering holes including the line’s first on-board brewery. With a comprehensive selection of eateries, Carnival Vista features several exclusive outlets that are only on board the line’s newest, largest, and most innovative ship, including Seafood Shack, modeled after roadside seafood stands that dot the New England coast, and expanded versions of Bonsai Sushi and Cherry on Top offering both indoor and outdoor seating. International flavors take center stage on Carnival Vista, taking guests on a culinary…

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  To celebrate Carnival Breeze’s arrival at the Port of Galveston, Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ largest cruise operator, and the NFL’s Houston Texans yesterday hosted “Moms Dash to the Splash,” an on-board event featuring Houston Texans players DeAndre Hopkins and Brian Cushing competing with local moms in a water slide race for charity. The event — which also included a traditional maritime plaque exchange between Carnival Breeze Captain Vincenzo Alcaras and Port of Galveston’s Director Mike Mierzwa – officially kicked off the recently announced partnership between Carnival and the popular NFL franchise. Following a spirited pep rally on Lido Deck featuring the Houston Texans Cheerleaders and the Deep Thunder Band, local Texas moms, selected via an online contest, competed with…

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  In preparation for its new year-round program of three- and four-day voyages from Port Canaveral kicking off later this year, Carnival Valor has undergone an extensive renovation that added a variety of popular dining and bar concepts, including Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Pub, SkyBox Sports Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and Alchemy Bar. The new spaces were added during a dry dock that began April 23 and ran through May 8, 2016. “Carnival Valor offers a convenient and affordable choice from Port Canaveral, with a host of exciting new innovations as well as popular features like a reservations-only steakhouse and nearly 600 balcony staterooms – rare for a short cruise itinerary,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise…

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To commemorate the Jacksonville arrival of Carnival Elation, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between officials from Carnival Cruise Line, JAXPORT and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Carnival Elation kicked off a year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville on Monday with a five-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.  Carnival Elation is expected to carry 170,000 guests annually from the port. Carnival Cruise Line has sailed from Jacksonville since 2004 and is the only cruise operator offering year-round departures from JAXPORT.  

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  The stunning new Carnival Vista, currently on its maiden voyage, features an unparalleled array of entertainment and adrenaline-inducing thrill experiences, including the cruise industry’s first IMAX Theatre at sea, SkyRide, an open-air cycling experience suspended high above the ship’s top deck, as well as a multi-sensory, 455-foot-long water tube slide called Kaleid-O-Slide. Additionally, spectacular new Playlist Productions shows and a number of exciting new activities are being introduced to provide an unprecedented variety of entertainment choices. Carnival Vista also features a suspended 270-foot-long ropes course, an exhilarating, high speed Twister slide, an aqua spray park with a 300-gallon tipping bucket and a huge array of other outdoor and indoor entertainment options. Carnival is also introducing several new activities including…

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In honor of the men and women who serve in the U.S. and Canadian military, Carnival Cruise Line is offering active and retired service members special savings and bonuses during May to mark National Military Appreciation Month. The promotion, which provides a $50 onboard credit per cabin and a two-category upgrade, can be combined with Carnival’s highly attractive military rates. In addition, guests who qualify for the month-long promotion can book up to two additional staterooms with the same bonuses and pricing. The promotion can be booked throughout the month of May and is applicable for cruises departing between August 2016 and April 2018. “Carnival has a long-established history of providing special consideration to our military men and women and…

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  The second in a new series of videos from Carnival features a meet-and-greet opportunity between seven-time GRAMMY-award winning country superstar Carrie Underwood and John and Cara Martin, who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and have benefited from the various programs organized through Operation Homefront. In the video, Carnival President Christine Duffy thanks the Martins for their service to our country and then introduces them to Underwood during a pre-concert event in Philadelphia during her Storyteller Tour. Underwood invited the Martins, as well as their daughters, Erica and Karen, to her special private concert for military families pierside aboard Carnival Vista in New York on Nov. 4, 2016. Duffy also awarded the Martins a Carnival cruise. Carnival…

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