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Joyce Oliva

Get ready to ride!   In another cruise industry first, Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras™ will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020, providing an unforgettable and unique open-air thrill ride on the line’s newest and most innovative ship. Built by Munich-based Maurer Rides, BOLT™: Ultimate Sea Coaster™ is a heart-pounding rush of adrenaline offering nearly 800 feet of exhilarating twists, turns and drops with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. Taking cruise industry innovation to new heights, BOLT is an all-electric roller coaster that allows two riders in a motorcycle-like vehicle to race along a track 187 feet above sea level, enabling guests to experience the sea in an exciting new way…

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Carnival Cruise Line joined one of its most popular and fast-growing ports, the Port of Galveston, in welcoming the Port’s 10 millionth passenger, Mr. Yingtao Liu from Norman, Okla., who boarded Carnival Vista on Sunday, December 9. Carnival was the first cruise line to realize the potential of Galveston as a year-round cruise port in 2000 and since then, has carried millions of guests from Texas. Upon arrival at the port, to their surprise, Mr. Liu, his wife, parents and three children were warmly greeted by Rodger Rees, Port of Galveston CEO and Port Director; Pavol Drimaj, Carnival Vista Hotel Director; and other members of the Carnival Vista team before boarding the ship for a week-long voyage – the family’s…

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Look up in the sky!  As part of the year-long celebration welcoming the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast, Carnival Cruise Line today announced that its popular #ChooseFun AirShip will return with a month-long journey across California, launching on Dec. 31 in conjunction with the line’s first-ever Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day. The 120-foot Carnival AirShip will journey throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties and then to Northern California, heralding the December 2019 launch of Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Panorama and inviting everyone to “Choose Fun.” The AirShip will fly over major cultural moments across California including The Rose Parade: A Showcase of Floats and sporting events, as well as visit…

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Continuing its support of its local homeport and port of call communities, Carnival Cruise Line’s entertainment team recently hosted a workshop for dozens of aspiring dancers from Ascendance Dance Studio, an academy that trains young dancers in all aspects of the craft and has been featured on a number of news outlets. Held at Carnival’s shoreside rehearsal studio in Davie, Fla., the half-day workshop provided attendees with a first-hand look at what it takes to succeed in the entertainment world.  The workshop also included a live rehearsal for an upcoming show and culminated with an engaging question and answer session. The workshop was one of many youth activities held regularly at Carnival Studios, a 40,000-square-foot rehearsal space where the line’s…

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In a nod to Carnival Cruise Line’s rich history as America’s Cruise Line, the line announced today that it will name its new XL-class ship to be delivered in 2020 Mardi Gras™, bringing back to the fleet the name of the first Carnival Cruise Line® ship that entered service in 1972 and started the wave of cruise vacation popularity in the United States. In keeping with its tradition of fun, Carnival revealed the name to a nationwide television audience on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune on its signature Puzzleboard at the conclusion of the broadcast. Mardi Gras will be the largest Carnival Cruise Line ship ever constructed and the first in North America to be powered by Liquefied…

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Carnival Cruise Line received “Best Service” and “Best Nightlife” honors in Cruise Critic’s 11th annual Editors’ Picks Awards in the Ocean Cruise Line category. This honor marks the second consecutive year that Carnival has earned “Best Service” honors. The awards are selected by a global panel of cruise experts from Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and online cruise community. Based on first-hand experience and cruise industry knowledge, the experts identify the top cruise lines each year across a variety of categories to help travelers select the best cruise brands for their desired vacations. Carnival earned “Best Service” honors for two years running for providing friendly and attentive service from its 39,000 team members fleetwide who serve more…

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Attention Carnival fans!  Be sure to tune in to the nationally syndicated game show Wheel of Fortune Wednesday night for a special announcement from Carnival Cruise Line at the conclusion of the show. While we can’t divulge what the “big reveal” will be, rest assured it’s going be huge news from America’s Cruise Line.  Check your local listings for the broadcast time of Wheel of Fortune in your area!

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Carnival Cruise Line earned a Silver Award for Best Cruise Line for Families and a Bronze in the Best Cruise Line Onboard Entertainment categories in Recommend magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, the publication announced today. Recommend’s audience of travel advisors voted for their favorite destinations, hotels and resorts, tour operators, cruise lines, rail vacations, car rentals, airlines and host agencies to determine the winners in each category. “A Carnival Cruise Line vacation is ideal for families — from our exclusive Seuss at Sea program and WaterWorks to SkyRide and Hasbro, The Game Show — and to be recognized by the readers of Recommend, who know travel better than anyone, for this and our entertainment is an incredible acknowledgement,” said Adolfo…

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Just in time for Wave Season, travel advisors who want to take their earning potential to the next level can opt-in to Carnival Cruise Line’s 2019 “AMP Up Commission Challenge” to qualify for higher commission rates. The program offers travel advisors the ability to increase their commissions up to 15 percent following a booking qualification period from Jan. 1 — March 31, 2019. Agencies who reach set booking goals during this window will earn the increased commissions on new Carnival Cruise Line bookings made from April 1 – Dec., 2019. Registration for the Program is open beginning today through Dec. 23, 2018, on GoCCL.com. “Last year our travel agency partners embraced the AMP Up Commission Challenge and exceeded their goals…

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Carnival Legend will operate Carnival Cruise Line’s most diverse European season to date with nine- to 16-day voyages visiting 34 ports in 14 countries including breathtaking destinations in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Greenland and Iceland in summer and fall 2020. Available through the Carnival Adventures program, hundreds of shore excursions will be offered where guests can explore centuries-old historic sites and landmarks, savor delicious local cuisine and view spectacular scenery, including the majestic Norwegian fjords. “We’ve put together an unmatched program of European cruises, featuring off-the-beaten path destinations as well as some of the most popular seaside port cities.  There’s no better way to Choose Fun in Europe!” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Unique European…

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