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November 2016

  “Carnival’s Endzone” — a fun gaming area for kids featuring a pool table, video game consoles, and a fun nautical décor — opened yesterday as part of the new Houston Texans Teen Club in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston (BGCGH). Continuing Carnival’s role as the Official Cruise Line of the Houston Texans, the grand opening of the new teen club was celebrated with a ribbon cutting with executives from the Houston Texans, Carnival and BGCGH, along with appearances by Houston Texans players Jadeveon Clowney, Andre Hal and Greg Mancz who played video games and pool with the teens.  Houston Texans cheerleaders were also on hand to lead yoga and dance classes and prepare healthy…

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  The final cruise in the year-long Wheel of Fortune® slot machines 20th anniversary sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line and IGT ended Nov. 16 and a grand prize winner has been named. Kenneth Gass of Sturgis, Ky., an avid cruiser with Carnival for more than 18 years, won the $100,000 grand prize from the $200,000 prize pool slots tournament during the Carnival Magic cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla. This jackpot marks the cruise line’s largest prize pool of all time. The promotion commemorated a year-long celebration recognizing two decades of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slot machines, which are featured in Carnival Cruise Line casinos fleetwide. As part of the Spin N Sail promotion, more than 20 land-based casinos, DoubleDown Casino…

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Carnival Vista Launches Year-Round Service from PortMiami

by Joyce Oliva

  PortMiami welcomed Carnival Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship, Carnival Vista, when it arrived yesterday to kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day cruises to the Caribbean. To officially welcome Carnival Vista to its Miami homeport, Carnival Vista Captain Stefano Battinelli and PortMiami Assistant Director Fred Wong participated in a traditional maritime plaque exchange prior to the ship’s inaugural departure from Miami. As the line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista takes cruising to new heights, introducing groundbreaking features such as SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first water tube slide, part of the ship’s massive WaterWorks aqua park; and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery featuring…

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  Carnival Cruise Line is offering a number of Cyber Monday promotions providing vacationers with shipboard credits, reduced deposits, and free upgrades, on top of the line’s already attractive rates. Three different Cyber Monday deals will be offered for cruises booked on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.   The first promotion offers Early Saver rates plus a 50 percent reduced deposit, the second offers Early Saver rates plus $1 with a 50 percent reduced deposit and a two-category upgrade, while the third deal includes Early Saver rates plus $2 with a 50 percent reduced deposit, a two-category upgrade and a $25 per stateroom shipboard credit. The Cyber Monday promotions are available on a wide variety of three- to 15-day cruises to the…

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Carnival Cruise Line is offering a special Black Friday promotion offering shipboard credits on top of the line’s already attractive rates. The promotion includes “Dockbuster” deals with up to $50 per stateroom credit available for cruises booked between Friday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. The Black Friday promotion is available on a wide variety of three- to 15-day cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, South and Central America, Canada and New England.  Certain other restrictions apply. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com  

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  Carnival Liberty guests were treated to a surprise concert by award-winning country music star Hunter Hayes who performed two intimate shows in the ship’s 1,400-seat Venetian Palace theater earlier this week. Organized by Carnival’s in-house entertainment department, the impromptu free-of-charge show was part of the line’s popular Carnival LIVE concert series which brings the best in music and comedy to sea. One of country music’s hottest young stars, Hayes is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his hit single “Wanted,” which has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide.  He has been nominated for numerous musical honors, winning three BMI Awards and earning the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 2012.…

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  Carnival Magic’s first-ever visit to Aruba was marked with a traditional maritime plaque exchange between officials from the ship and the southern Caribbean island. Carnival Magic called at Aruba as part of its eight-day cruise schedule from Port Canaveral, Fla., which began earlier this year and features a day-long call to Oranjestad.  Carnival Magic operates year-round five- to eight-day cruises from the Space Coast, visiting beautiful destinations throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

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  To gear up for Carnival’s Cyber Weekend Deals, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a fun online game that awards a wide variety of great prizes, including a Caribbean cruise for two on the massive 133,500-ton vessel. Running Nov. 21-23, the Carnival Vista Hunt instant win game offers participants a chance to take home a wide range of prizes simply by searching for clues on the line’s 360° Carnival Vista page located at https://www.carnival.com/awaywego/carnivalvistahunt. Each clue will reveal incredible prizes, from Carnival gift cards up to $500 to various Carnival logo items, including a 360° camera, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, waterproof phone cases, and more.   Plus, everyone who participates can enter into a daily drawing for a fun-filled eight-day Carnival Vista…

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Carnival Cruise Line is joining Amazon to offer an exclusive pre–Black Friday deal on cruise bookings through Amazon.com. The first 1,150 customers who click through Carnival’s ad on Amazon and book a Carnival cruise between Nov. 21 and 23 will receive an Amazon Echo Dot. Interested customers can visit Amazon.com and click on a Carnival display ad, which will take them to a dedicated page on the Carnival Cruise Line website.  Amazon cruise bookings will be coded so the cruisers receive the perks, and travel professionals will still receive commission if their clients book the offer through them. Cruises must be taken between March 2017 and April 2019 and must be paid in full at the time of booking to…

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  We have a winner!  Andy Zenor, The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s on-camera personality extraordinaire, took his role to new heights – literally – when he raced country music superstar Carrie Underwood on SkyRide, a one-of-a-kind aerial attraction aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Vista. The epic battle took place while Carnival Vista was docked in New York as part of a special celebration for military families who enjoyed a private invitation-only shipboard performance by the seven-time Grammy award winner.   More than 700 families from Operation Homefront, an organization dedicating to building strong, stable, and secure military families, were treated to a day of fun with dining, activities, accommodations and entertainment on board. The video can be viewed here http://ellentube.com/videos/0-nlg9uyos Decked out…

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