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Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery of 26th Ship, Carnival Horizon

by Joyce Oliva

  In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship in its fleet. The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona, Spain, where it will depart April 2 on an inaugural 13-day voyage – the first of four sailings from the European port.  The ship will then operate a trans-Atlantic crossing before arriving in New York May 23, 2018, for a pierside overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring the ship’s godmother, Grammy award-winning musical artist and acclaimed actress Queen Latifah. Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami…

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  Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, has been selected to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) hosted by the Secretary of Defense.  The JCOC program is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense. As a JCOC participant, Duffy will join other business leaders in an intense week-long agenda from June 10-16, 2018, engaging with senior military officials and U.S. Service members.  In addition to visiting key military installations and participating in tactical training exercises, she will gain a better understanding of the roles and mission of the U.S. Armed Forces; their skills, capabilities and equipment employed in defense of our nation. “I’m honored to be selected to participate in this…

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  Carnival Paradise returns to year-round cruise service today from Port Tampa Bay following an extensive month-long dry dock that added a variety of spaces and innovations, including a spectacular water park, 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies added to existing accommodations, and an array of exciting food and beverage concepts. Carnival Paradise departs this afternoon on a five-day Caribbean cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman – part of the ship’s year-round sailings from Tampa that also include four-day cruises to Cozumel and five-day cruises to Cozumel and Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Key West or Grand Cayman.  The ship also offers four- to eight-day cruises to Cuba featuring day-long and overnight calls in Havana, as well as visits to popular ports throughout…

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  Carnival Foundation, in partnership with Florida Prepaid College Foundation, presented 16 Miami-Dade high school seniors with four-year college scholarships during halftime at last night’s HEAT game. The students currently participate in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program, an innovative workplace program sponsored by Carnival in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami that pairs a student with an employee mentor from Carnival. Prior to entering high school and participating in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program, the students attended the HEAT Academy, an after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth. The 2018 scholarship recipients include: Jerome Baker – Booker T. Washington Senior High School (Carnival mentor: Carlos Garcia) Cristopher Carranza – South Miami Senior High School (Carnival mentor:…

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Carnival Cruise Line today began accepting reservations for the 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama, which kicks off its year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera schedule from Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 14, 2019, becoming the first new Carnival ship homeported on the West Coast in 20 years. Prior to the launch of seven-day service, Carnival Panorama will offer a special one-time three-day cruise to Ensenada from Long Beach Dec. 11-14, 2019. Carnival Panorama will offer a three-port, seven-day itinerary from Long Beach, departing every Saturday to stunning destinations along the Mexican Riviera, including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.  During these cruises, guests can relax on world-class beaches, visit centuries-old historical sites, and enjoy unforgettable dining and shopping opportunities and exciting experiences ashore. “Carnival…

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  Carnival Sensation this week welcomed a special guest – NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy who was sailing with his family on a five-day cruise to the Caribbean. Prior to departure from PortMiami, Dungy enjoyed a tour of the ship’s navigational bridge and took time out for a photo with Captain Francesco La Farina, Hotel Director Stewart Howard and Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Arnold Donald.  

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  Carnival Cruise Line, the number one cruise line for families carrying 800,000 kids a year, earned Best Children’s Program, while Carnival Fantasy was named Most Improved Ship in Cruiseline.com’s annual Members’ Choice Awards.  The awards are best on feedback from Cruiseline.com readers who are asked to rate cruise lines in a variety of product- and service-related categories. Carnival earned Best Children’s Programs honors for its popular family-friendly offerings which include fun, supervised programs for kids in three age groups – Camp Ocean (2-11), Circle “C” (12-14) and Club O2 (15-17) – along with its exclusive Seuss at Sea program operated in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and expansive water parks fleetwide. The line’s ships also feature all-ages activities like…

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  Carnival Cruise Line announced today that Chris Chiames has been named to the newly created role of vice president and chief communications officer (CCO) following a nationwide search. Chiames is reporting directly to Carnival President Christine Duffy. As CCO, Chiames serves as a key advisor to Carnival’s leadership team and is responsible for corporate reputation management, internal and external communications, issues management, executive communications and other communications that enhance the brand and reputation of Carnival Cruise Line. “Chris is a hands-on communications leader and strategist with more than 30 years of experience in travel and tourism,” said Duffy. “With his vast experience and fresh perspective, we expect Chris will set a new standard of excellence for Carnival’s global communications…

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  Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Carnival Cruise Line invited its guests to “Choose Fun” and celebrated the beloved children’s with a variety of fun and festive events that are part of Seuss at Sea, the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Families enjoyed birthday celebrations aboard each ship, complete with Dr. Seuss-themed treats, fun giveaways, a balloon drop in the atrium, appearances by The Cat in the Hat and more. Today’s festivities complement the many activities offered in Seuss at Sea, a fleetwide program featuring exciting youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences inspired by the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss.   The program includes such fun activities as the Seuss-a-palooza Parade and Story Time and The…

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  Queen Latifah – Grammy award-winning musical artist, acclaimed television and film actress, label president, author and entrepreneur – has been named the godmother to Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, Carnival Horizon. Latifah will participate in the ship’s official naming ceremony as well as a special “Lip Sync Battle: Horizon” showcase that is part of the line’s authentic shipboard reproduction of the hit Paramount Network series.  The event will be held during an invitation-only overnight gala onboard Carnival Horizon in New York City on May 23, 2018. Currently starring in the FOX series “STAR,” Latifah is an incredible talent earning an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for her portrayal as Mama Morton in Chicago.…

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