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December 2017

Carnival’s ‘Keep On Rockin’ Sweepstakes Winners Announced

by Joyce Oliva

  Winners have been announced in Carnival Cruise Line’s “Keep On Rockin” Sweepstakes, which offered travel agents the opportunity to win a $10,000 cash prize, Carnival Horizon cruises, gift cards and more. Each week during the contest period, which ran from Oct. 9 – Nov.5, Carnival asked agents to demonstrate how they “Keep on Rockin” in their job by responding to a question posed on Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez’s Facebook page. Travel agents participated by sharing examples through photos, written descriptions and videos, all of which were reviewed by Perez and a panel of industry leaders. Winners were selected based on criteria including creativity, originality and a Carnival “fun factor.” Each week, five winners were…

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  SkyRide – a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction aboard Carnival Vista – has been named Best Cruise Ship Feature while Carnival Dream earned Best Ship Refurbishment honors in CruiseHive’s Annual Cruise Ship Awards in which readers of the site are asked to rate cruise lines in a wide range of categories.  This is the second year in a row that SkyRide has earned top honors in the Best Cruise Ship Feature category. SkyRide is a one-of-a-kind aerial attraction in which thrill-seeking guests pedal recumbent-like cycles across an elevated 800-foot-long track at speeds up to 18 miles per hour while enjoying spectacular views of the sea 150 feet below.  The first attraction of its kind in the cruise industry, SkyRide debuted on…

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Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who has sold more than 20 million singles worldwide, will perform a free concert aboard Carnival Splendor in February 2018, as part of the Carnival LIVE Concert Series. The concert marks the first time the cruise line is collaborating with Universal Music Group and Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy and partnership division of Universal Music Group. While the concert is a departure from previous Carnival LIVE performances in that it is free and open to all guests sailing on Carnival Splendor’s Feb. 17, 2018, seven-day voyage, it continues the line’s mission of bringing the best in live entertainment to the seas and providing guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by top artists…

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  For the sixth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, raising more than $300,000 for the hospital this year during the holiday. During St. Jude Thanks and Giving, Carnival guests could donate to St. Jude via their Sail & Sign shipboard accounts. Throughout the year, guests continue to support St. Jude in a variety of Care to Play activities designed to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Carnival Cruise Line is the hospital’s “Official Celebration Partner” and has raised more than $13 million for St. Jude since the start of the partnership in 2010.

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  New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel personally delivered a holiday surprise – a free Carnival cruise – to Valerie Ronco of Mandeville, La., as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by Carnival Cruise Line and supporting the Brees Dream Foundation. The sweepstakes awards a different lucky fan a free cruise each time the Saints pass for more than 300 yards in a game during the 2017 season.  With two games left, fans can still register at www.carnival.com/saints to be automatically entered into the promotion which runs for the entire 2017 regular season. The contest is designed to raise funds and bring awareness to the mission of the Brees Dream Foundation which was founded by legendary Saints quarterback Drew Brees and is dedicated…

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Carnival Cruise Line Enhances EasyPay Service to Offer New Monthly Payment Feature

by Joyce Oliva

  Carnival Cruise Line has enhanced its pay-over-time program to allow payments in convenient monthly installments leading to the departure date.  Announced in June, EasyPay is a hassle-free vacation payment option allowing guests’ cruise payments to be automatically deducted from the credit card on file and applied to their current balance interest-free. With the new monthly payment feature, guests can extend their payment on a monthly basis based on the number of months prior to sailing (for instance, if the final payment date is six months away, guests will make six equal payments after the initial deposit is made). Previously, guests could only divide their payments into three monthly installments. After making their initial deposit, guests’ balance is charged in…

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  The kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, had a special visitor this holiday season – none other than The Grinch himself who made an appearance as part of the first-ever Grinchmas festivities hosted by Carnival Cruise Line, the hospital’s Official Celebration Partner. The appearance by the cantankerous curmudgeon was part of a day-long celebration which included Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, photo opportunities, snacks, and a Good Deed Tracker with a list of good deed suggestions to allow them to, just like The Grinch famously says, grow their heart “three times its size.”   Each child also received their own copy of the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinchmas festivities were just…

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  Carnival Cruise Line earned “Best Domestic Cruise Line” and “Best Travel Agency Training Program” honors at the 15th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards which were presented last night in New York. This is the second year in the row the line earned the ‘Best Domestic Cruise Line’ award. The awards recognize travel industry suppliers who led the way in product and service during the past year.   Travel Weekly readers were invited to write in the names of any company they believed best exemplified that particular category, with Carnival receiving more votes in the “Best Domestic Cruise Line” and “Best Travel Agency Training Program” categories than any other cruise operator. Carnival Cruise Line enjoyed a successful and memorable 2017…

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  Carnival Fascination will undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar dry dock that will add a variety of popular food and beverage innovations, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, Cherry on Top sweets shop, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, and a Bonsai Sushi Express venue. The spaces will be added during a two-week dry dock taking place Feb. 4-17, 2018, in Freeport, The Bahamas, prior to the ship resuming its year-round schedule of seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning Feb. 18, 2018.   Carnival Fascination is currently being chartered to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix. “We can’t wait…

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  With winter approaching, now is the time for consumers to start thinking about an escape from the cold and begin planning their next Caribbean vacation. To celebrate the Caribbean’s stunning island destinations and promote the launch of its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line captured and canned real island air from tropical ports of call and invited New Yorkers to stop and smell the tropics with a truly unique and “scent-sational” experience that took place in Manhattan’s Greeley Square Park. Carnival brought the magic of a Caribbean cruise to the mainland with an interactive and immersive pop-up activation, featuring a heated tent, a steel drum band, and scents from the islands piped throughout the air. The event’s centerpiece…

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