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  Carnival Cruise Line will introduce its first-ever teppanyaki dining venue when the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon debuts in Europe in spring 2018. Teppanyaki is a traditional method of Japanese cooking whose name is derived from the combination of the words “teppan” or iron plate with “yaki” meaning grilled or pan-fried.   Teppanyaki combines ancient Japanese cooking techniques with modern performance art to create a feast that is both culinary and visual. Located on Carnival Horizon’s Promenade Deck, Bonsai Teppanyaki will offer a wide-ranging menu with authentic delicacies from the Far East prepared by highly skilled chefs who will create tantalizing dishes on custom-built stations that form the center of the venue’s two eight-seat tables. In keeping with Carnival’s atmosphere of…

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Carnival Cruise Line, and its parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation are pledging a minimum of $2 million to relief and rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation, are each donating $500,000 to Harvey disaster relief efforts, for a total donation of $1 million from the company. Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine are matching the corporation’s commitment with a $1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation. To help generate…

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  Guests and crew aboard Carnival Cruise Line joined millions of individuals across the U.S. to celebrate the total eclipse of the sun which took place yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. EDT. Upwards of 20,000 special glasses were provided on board to view this rare and fascinating astronomical event which is the result of the alignment of the sun, Earth and moon to block sunlight from reaching the Earth and doesn’t happen again for another seven years. A number of fun eclipse-themed activities were also held across the fleet, everything from viewing and sailaway parties complete with appropriate music, games and more to a Sun Dance Competition with participants vying to “bring out the sun” on deck.   Aptly, Blue Moon…

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  Following strong response to its first-ever cruises to Cuba announced earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line has added five more voyages featuring extended calls in Havana in 2018. The new voyages include three five-day cruises to Havana and Cozumel or Key West departing Feb. 17, July 2 and Sept. 5, 2018; a six-day sailing featuring Havana and Grand Cayman departing Aug. 26, 2018; and an eight-day voyage with stops at Havana, Grand Cayman and Cozumel departing Aug. 18, 2018. All of the voyages include a day-long call and overnight in Havana with the eight-day cruise of Aug. 18, 2018, offering two full days at the historic Cuban capital. “Our cruises to Cuba have been very well received and we’re…

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Total Eclipse of the Sun Celebrated in Unique Style Aboard Carnival Cruise Line

by Joyce Oliva

  Leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to find a unique and creative way to celebrate the upcoming total eclipse of the sun set for Monday, Aug. 21, at approximately 2 p.m. EDT. To mark this truly rare and fascinating astronomical event – which is the result of the alignment of the sun, Earth and moon to block sunlight from reaching the Earth – Carnival Cruise Line is offering a number of activities across its fleet, everything from eclipsed-themed viewing and sailaway parties complete with appropriate music, games and more to a Sun Dance Competition with participants vying to “bring out the sun” on deck.  In keeping with the spirit of the eclipse, specials on Blue Moon beer will be…

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  The 30th anniversary of John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line’s popular brand ambassador, was celebrated with a fun video that was created by the company’s entertainment team and includes appearances by many of the line’s executives – including Carnival President Christine Duffy as well as Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald – as well as employees at the line’s Miami offices. Heald joined Carnival Cruise Line as a bartender aboard the since-retired Holiday 30 years ago.  His quick wit and engaging personality made him a natural for the entertainment world and, in 1989, he joined the entertainment department as a social host.  He was promoted to cruise director a year later.  Heald is currently the line’s Brand…

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  Carnival Paradise inaugurated Carnival Cruise Line’s first-ever voyages to Havana, Cuba, in late June – the first of 12 voyages that feature the historic Cuban capital. In addition to the opportunity to experience and explore this fascinating and previously off-limits  destination, guests sailing aboard these four- and five-day voyages are enjoying a wide variety of Cuban-themed activities and entertainment, highlighted by Amor Cubano:  A Caribbean Dance Romance, a dazzling high-energy show that showcases both classic and contemporary Latin hits. Part of the line’s popular Playlist Productions shows, Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance features a sizzling four-piece Cuban band and a talented eight-member cast who have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles as they perform songs by top…

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Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist and award-winning songwriter Nick Jonas is the latest addition to the popular Carnival LIVE Concert Series, performing aboard Carnival Victory and Carnival Liberty this fall while the ships are docked in Nassau. Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that brings the best in live music and comedy to the seas, providing guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by top artists at an incredible value.  Performances are held in the ships’ main show lounges – which range in capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house. A recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, Jonas will have guests singing and dancing in…

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  The first-ever “Carnival Playtime” event featuring fun activities and games inspired by the MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS brands recently kicked off aboard Carnival Imagination and runs through September. An expansion of the collaboration between Hasbro and licensee Carnival, the interactive, fun-for-all “Carnival Playtime” activities are patterned after popular MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS characters and include midway-style games including Rainbow Dash’s cupcake toss, Knock out the Autobots and Target the Enemy, along with face-painting, prizes, music and more. Character meet and greets are also featured, providing kids and parents alike with unforgettable photo opportunities with TRANSFORMERS characters Optimus Prime and BumbleBee, as well as MY LITTLE PONY characters Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle. A special screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction movie…

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  Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and what better way to celebrate than by enjoying the new delicious hand-crafted frozen creations which are now featured in the Cherry on Top sweets – and more! – shop aboard Carnival Vista and soon to be available aboard the new Carnival Horizon when it debuts next year. The gourmet ice cream sandwiches come in a variety of flavors, providing the perfect treat to stay cool this summer.  Guests can mix and match from a variety of ice cream and cookie flavors including red velvet, sugar and, of course, chocolate chip), while topping off their handmade confection with a variety of sweet ingredients like colorful sprinkles to create the ultimate frozen treat. …

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