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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 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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Carnival Panorama to Feature First Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and Challenge Zone at Sea

by Joyce Oliva

When Carnival Panorama debuts in December 2019, it will introduce the first-ever indoor trampoline park and challenge zone at sea, in partnership with industry leader, Sky Zone. Located on Decks 7 and 8, the expansive two-deck-high facility encompasses more than 3,000 square feet, providing high-flying fun for guests of all ages across a 12-lane trampoline court.  Adjacent to the trampoline court will be a challenge zone equipped with a climbing wall, balance/jousting beam, Sky Ladder climbing apparatus and Tug of War. Sky Zone will serve as the venue for a variety of activities that appeal to both the young and young at heart, including gravity-defying dodgeball games and above-the-rim basketball experiences where guests can become slam-dunk stars. Other activities include…

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Carnival Cruise Line – The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® – will kick off its 2019 West Coast expansion plans on New Year’s Day with its first-ever float in the world-famous Rose Parade as part of a year-long celebration of its first new ship to homeport in California in 20 years that will arrive in December 2019. As it prepares for the arrival of Carnival Panorama in Long Beach next December, Carnival will preview a floral replica of the ship to 700,000 spectators on hand to view the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, as well as a worldwide television audience of more than 80 million parade fans.  The float will include many of the signature features…

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Carnival Cruise Line reaffirmed its place as the leader of innovation in the U.S. cruise industry today as the first steel was cut for the line’s newest class of ship and the new livery was revealed for the 180,000-ton XL vessel that will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use liquefied natural gas (LNG). The traditional steel-cutting ceremony held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, signified the official start of construction of the largest Carnival cruise ship ever constructed, to be delivered in 2020.  A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding. At the ceremony, the company also revealed…

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Carnival Cruise Line today announced the diverse inaugural schedule for the totally transformed Carnival Radiance, including 9- to 13-day European voyages, the line’s first to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, four- to nine-day sailings to the Caribbean, Canada/New England from New York, and a winter season of voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba from Port Canaveral, Fla. Additionally, the company revealed details of Carnival Sunrise’s 2020 schedule, including an expanded series of New York to Cuba cruises, as well as four- to nine-day voyages to the Caribbean from New York and Norfolk, Va. Carnival Radiance’s Diverse 2020 Inaugural Season Following a $200 million dry dock that will take place in Cadiz, Spain, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020,…

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Carnival Cruise Line announced today that the totally transformed Carnival Radiance will be the first cruise ship to feature “Big Chicken,” a seagoing version of a new restaurant created by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. The menu will feature a mouth-watering variety of fried chicken sandwiches and fries, with flavors to match Shaq’s larger than life personality, all free of charge. O’Neal opened his first land-based Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas in late October.  The seagoing adaptation Big Chicken aboard Carnival Radiance will be among the many food, dining and entertainment innovations incorporated into the 102,000-ton ship following a $200 million refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain, in 2020. ”Shaq has brought so much to…

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Carnival Spirit Sets Sail for Alaska and Hawaii in 2020

by Joyce Oliva

Carnival Cruise Line today announced that Carnival Spirit will operate its 2020 Alaska and Hawaii programs, replacing Carnival Legend which is being deployed on another itinerary to be announced shortly. The 2,124 passenger Carnival Spirit will offer 18 seven-day Alaska cruises, as well as two eight-day voyages and a nine-day departure, from the Port of Seattle beginning in April through September 2020. Seven-day Glacier Route voyages run May 5 through Sept. 1, 2020 and include stops at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria, B.C., and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord, while an eight-day cruise departs April 27, 2020, and adds a visit to Icy Strait Point, an unspoiled wilderness with some of the best whale and bear watching in…

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Carnival Splendor Cruise Director Lee Mason is living proof just how far Carnival employees will go in their support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the line’s favorite charities. The affable cruise director made a vow to shave his head if guests and crew raised $30,000 for St. Jude during a recent two-week-long Carnival Journeys sailing that ended on Saturday.  A man of his word, Mason had his locks cut in front of a raucous crowd on the Lido Deck when it was revealed that the ship overwhelmingly exceeded its goal — raising a whopping $40,000 for the hospital’s life-saving research and education programs. The record donation on Carnival Splendor was raised through the ultra-popular Groove for St.…

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Carnival Panorama Gets Her Signature Winged Funnel

by Joyce Oliva

Representing a major construction milestone, Carnival Cruise Line’s signature red, white and blue winged funnel was recently set into position atop the new Carnival Panorama which is scheduled to enter service in December 2019. Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the 133,500-ton cruise ship will make her inaugural voyage from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal on Dec. 11, 2019 – marking the first new Carnival Cruise Line ship sailing from the West Coast in more than 20 years. The third in the line’s extremely popular Vista-class, Carnival Panorama will offer a variety of exciting innovations including the SkyRide aerial attraction, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, the Family Harbor with extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge…

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