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December 2018

Kicking off a year-long celebration welcoming the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast, Carnival Cruise Line is going to extreme heights today ­– literally – as its popular Carnival AirShip makes its aerial debut in Southern California. Inviting everyone to “Choose Fun,” the 120-foot-long AirShip will fly over and visit culture and entertainment locations across the state throughout January including The Rose Parade: A Showcase of Floats on Jan. 2 as well as sporting events; local schools; Carnival’s homeports in Long Beach on Jan. 5, San Diego on Jan. 13 and San Francisco on Jan. 25; travel agent viewing parties; and select Sky Zone trampoline park locations, Carnival Panorama’s newest all-ages attraction, starting with the Anaheim location on Jan…

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Carnival Cruise Line tapped royalty to christen its newest vessel earlier today as the queen of the 2019 Rose Parade officially named the cruise line’s first-ever Rose Parade float in a naming ceremony near the Pasadena, Calif., parade route. Following time-honored maritime tradition designed to bring good luck to ships – whether they’re the floating or floral variety – Rose Queen Louise Siskel smashed a confetti-filled bottle across the “bow” of the colorful ship-shaped float, officially naming the float “Come Sail Away.” After the event, guests also had the opportunity to help decorate the float and put on the finishing touches to bring the floral masterpiece to life. The float, which will make its debut in front of more than…

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Roses are red … and white and blue … and all will adorn Carnival Cruise Line’s float in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of sales and trade marketing for Carnival, showed off his flower powers as he and 11 California-based travel advisors helped prepare the replica of Carnival Panorama during Decorating Week in the lead-up to the parade. Carnival Panorama is set to be the cruise line’s first new ship to debut on the West Coast in 20 years when it arrives at Long Beach, California, in December 2019. At the annual all-American pageant in Pasadena, California, the 55-foot-long float will have many of the familiar elements of Carnival ships, including the…

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In its ongoing effort to guide and educate those interested in the maritime field, Carnival Cruise Line welcomed a group of 40 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets for a day of exploration and education aboard Carnival Liberty while it was docked at Port Canaveral, Fla. earlier this month. The day was a deep dive into the inner workings of how a cruise ship operates, from a personal tour of the navigation bridge by Captain Carmelo Marino to a behind-the-scenes look at the various onboard spaces and even at the embarkation and debarkation processes. The tours were led by Hotel Director Stig Lorentzen and Guest Services Manager David William Peter Johnson who also held an informative question and answer session for the…

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In conjunction with Carnival Cruise Line’s ongoing support of its port of call communities, the line partnered with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) for its annual Holiday Gift Project, now in its 22nd year. Together, the two organizations supplied 1,200 gifts to underprivileged children throughout Caribbean ports including Cozumel, Costa Maya, Amber Cove, St. Maarten and Nassau. Carnival’s shipboard teams welcomed hundreds of children on board, spreading holiday cheer through entertaining shows, visits from Santa Claus, ‘snowfalls’ in the atrium, and lunch at the Lido restaurants before surprising the children with shiny, new toys and gifts. “It is such a special feeling to provide toys to children who are so deserving but probably would not receive holiday gifts otherwise,” said…

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As part of its annual holiday tradition, Carnival Cruise Line completed the transformation of its 26 ships into beacons of holiday cheer. The line works with industry leader McGowen Creative Group whose “elves” visit more than a dozen U.S. ports and work with shipboard team members to create a festive feeling throughout the month of December. The extensive fleetwide transformations include some staggering facts and figures: Carnival’s 26 ships will feature more than 568 Christmas trees, which would be taller than four Eiffel Towers, if stacked; 56,000 feet of garland, 560 times the height of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree; 150,000 feet of ribbon, longer than the NYC Marathon; and 6,000 hand-tied bows, almost enough to cover each seat…

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Captain Gaetano Gigliotti and the crew of the cruise ship Carnival Elation have been recognized with the Exceptional Bravery at Sea Certificate of Commendation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations which serves as the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Presented during the IMO’s annual conference in London, the certificate honors Captain Gigliotti and his team for their incredible courage in the rescue of a stranded fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Irma last year. The rescued mariner, Edward Potter of Tampa, Fla., was also in attendance and expressed his gratitude for Captain Gigliotti and the Carnival Elation team for their life-saving efforts…

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Carnival Cruise Line today announced that for the first time, it will offer a series of cruises from San Francisco, with Carnival Miracle operating a diverse schedule that includes four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico in 2020. Following strong reception to a previously announced program from San Diego in 2019, Carnival Miracle will also return to the port for a winter 2020-21 schedule of three- to 15-day voyages. These deployments further bolster Carnival Cruise Line’s position as the West Coast cruise leader, carrying more passengers than any other cruise operator. That number will continue to increase with the debut of Carnival Panorama from Long Beach in December 2019, the first new Carnival ship on the West Coast…

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With its California debut now less than a year away, Carnival Panorama’s exterior completion was celebrated at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, during which a commemorative coin was welded to the ship’s mast in a time-honored maritime tradition. And just like the ship will take its guests on memorable journeys, the coin itself took a memorable journey throughout the state of California before winding up at the Fincantieri shipyard, as captured by the celebratory video released today by Carnival Cruise Line. The coin ceremony – whose origins can be traced back to the ancient Romans who believed that attaching coins to a ship provided divine protection – signifies the successful completion of Carnival Panorama’s exterior outfitting. Benoit Clement, Carnival’s…

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Carnival Cruise Line was named Best Domestic Cruise Line and Best Family Cruise Line at the 16th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards at a black-tie gala in New York City. This marks the third consecutive year that Carnival has earned the Best Domestic Cruise Line honors. Based on Travel Weekly reader surveys, the awards recognize the travel industry suppliers who were “the best of the best” in various product and service categories during 2018. “We are thrilled to receive this important recognition from the readers of Travel Weekly as both the best domestic cruise line and the best cruise line for families,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line President. “We truly appreciate the support of our valued travel partners…

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