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July 2017

Construction of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is moving along as scheduled as work continues at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The ship’s stunning spaces – from the Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park and the 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre poolside LED screen to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor dining, beverage and entertainment venues – are taking shape in anticipation for Carnival Horizon’s April 2018 maiden voyage. Carnival Horizon is set to debut April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from this port.  Carnival Horizon will then reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018, positioning…

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Carnival Cruise Line Honors Top Travel Agencies With ‘Excellence Awards’

by Joyce Oliva

  Carnival Cruise Line is honoring 12 top travel agencies in the U.S. and Canada with its fourth annual Excellence Awards. The 12 award categories recognize the diversity of agencies the line works with by honoring specialties including retail, online, charter, incentive, host, franchise, and regional performance excellence. “It’s always difficult to choose just 12 award recipients given the breadth of talent, dedication, and innovation we see from the travel agent community,” said Carnival’s Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez. “It’s a true honor to bring these award winners together and to celebrate their success as market leaders.” Cruise Planners was selected for this year’s “Ted Arison Founder’s Award,” which is named for the late Ted Arison,…

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    Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its partnership with the Port of Mobile and greater Mobile community today by hosting a Seuss-a-Palooza event for kids attending the YMCA of South Alabama Summer Camp program. The event aboard Carnival Fantasy, which is homeported year-round in Mobile, was highlighted by a Green Eggs and Ham brunch with The Cat in the Hat and Friends, a Seuss-a-Palooza Story Time and Parade and other Dr. Seuss–inspired activities that are featured on Carnival cruises. During the event, Carnival made a $20,000 donation to the YMCA of South Alabama, reinforcing the cruise line’s commitment to supporting its homeport communities. Carnival Fantasy sails from Mobile on four- to 10-day cruises to destinations across The Bahamas, eastern and…

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  Carnival Cruise Line and the Miami Children’s Museum yesterday unveiled a newly renovated Upper Deck that is part of the popular cruise ship-themed exhibit located within the museum’s expansive Watson Island location in downtown Miami. Tracy Mourning – founder of the Honey Shine mentoring program who also served as godmother to Carnival Breeze – along with Sarah Beth Reno, Carnival’s vice president of entertainment were on hand for the festivities, popping a ceremonial champagne bottle filled with confetti signifying the grand opening of the newly designed space. The enhanced exhibit features a variety of exciting=components, including an interactive model of a Navigational Control Station; a Lego table where children can build a ship based off a ship model; a…

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Carnival Cruise Line Steakhouses Earn Top Honors from Wine Spectator Magazine

by Joyce Oliva

  The wine lists from the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouses aboard Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunshine have been recognized with the coveted Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, bestowed upon approximately 2,400 restaurants each year. Wine Spectator‘s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.  To qualify for the award, a wine list must present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Overall presentation of the list is also considered. Venues that earn the Award of Excellence typically offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in…

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  The steel cutting ceremony for Carnival Cruise Line’s third 133,500-ton Vista-class ship set to debut in 2019 was held earlier this week at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Additional information on the as-yet-unnamed ship, including homeport, design and itinerary details, will be announced in the coming months. The new 3,934-passenger ship will be a sister to the hugely popular Carnival Vista, the namesake vessel in the series which debuted in May 2016. A second Vista-class ship, Carnival Horizon, is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and scheduled to enter service in Europe April 2, 2018. The three Vista-class ships are the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line.

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  Carnival Cruise Line, which carries more active and retired military personnel than any other cruise operator, joined forces with Operation Homefront today to extend the July 4th holiday and thank men and women in uniform by hosting the world’s first “social media powered  barbecue” for military troops at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The unique summertime feast featured burgers whose buns were lasered with heartfelt messages of thanks to service members using a one-of-a-kind culinary laser printer. Using the hashtag #ThankYouBurger, Americans were encouraged to show their appreciation of the U.S. military by tweeting and posting messages of gratitude via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  More than 15,000 thank you messages were transmitted in real time…

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