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January 30, 2009

Grand Turk Cruise Center Expects Record 500,000 Passengers in 2009

          With 229 cruise ship calls scheduled for 2009, including nearly 89 from Carnival Cruise Lines’ vessels, the Grand Turk Cruise Center (GTCC) is on track for hosting a record 500,000 passengers in the coming year.  The unprecedented half-million passenger mark is a 25 percent increase over 2008, during which the GTCC was closed…
January 27, 2009

Taking the Plunge

Carnival’s sales team will go to any length to support a good cause.  That was certainly evident this past weekend when five Carnival sales representatives bravely ventured into the icy waters of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay as part of the “Polar Bear Plunge” fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics.   Carnival was the official cruise line sponsor…
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NBA Hall of Fame Coach Pat Riley Addresses Carnival's Executive Travel Agent Forum

NBA Hall of Fame coach and current Miami HEAT President Pat Riley served as keynote speaker at a recent meeting of Carnival’s Executive Forum, comprised of some of the most influential travel professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with key executives from the cruise line.    A highly sought after motivational speaker, Riley spoke…
January 20, 2009

We Have a Winner!

[gallery] Matthew Meisenhelder of Wilson, N.C., is the winner of Porthole Magazine’s “Bloggers Cruise” contest, earning a free cruise for two on the “John Heald Bloggers Cruise” aboard the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans Feb. 7-12, 2009.    The five-day cruise brings together fans of the popular blog written by Heald, whose on-line musings have…
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January 16, 2009

Carnival Gearing Up For Another Successful Alaska Season, 'Fun Ship' Style

           The start of Carnival’s popular Alaska cruise season is right around the corner, with the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit embarking on its first 2009 voyage to the Last Frontier May 13. Carnival Spirit’s 2009 Alaska program will consist of 19 seven-day voyages - 16 Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay cruises – through Sept. 9.…
January 15, 2009

Heald Named Top Cruise Blogger By Porthole Editors

The blog of Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald – which has attracted 3.6 million visits since being launched two years ago – has been named “Best Cruise Line Blog” in Porthole Magazine’s 2009 Editor-In-Chief Awards. In his popular blog, Heald provides readers with a unique behind-the-scenes look at “Fun Ship” cruising while sharing his…
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January 13, 2009

The Dream Continues

[gallery] Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest and largest “Fun Ship,” the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream is pictured here in the outfitting quay at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard as construction continues on the massive 3,646-passenger vessel.   Representing a new class of ship for the line, Carnival Dream will offer a host of innovations, including the largest spa and…
January 12, 2009

Carnival Offers Unprecedented Early Booking Savings Program Offering A Rate Assurance

Carnival Cruise Lines is launching an exciting new cruise pricing option called Early Saver which offers fares as much as 25 percent lower than the best generally available rates and provides rate protection if rates later drop below what the consumer originally paid.  Early Saver further enhances the exceptional value of a Carnival cruise vacation.…
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January 8, 2009

Making A Difference

  As part of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s annual holiday toy drive – which provides gifts to underprivileged children throughout the Caribbean – the Carnival Glory presented 100 children in Cozumel with brand new bicycles.    With the help of the mayor of Cozumel and his wife - and Santa Claus, of course –…
December 31, 2008

Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald Featured in New 'On Board with Carnival' Webisode

          Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director and popular blogger John Heald is featured in an upcoming webisode of the “Onboard With Carnival” series hosted by Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Guest Services Lynn Torrent.  The interview is featured on Carnival’s travel agent Internet portal,             In the interview, Heald talks about his…
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