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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…

  • 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.…

  • Leave it to Carnival Cruise Line to bring its signature brand of fun straight to your smart phone!  The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line has created a series of fun GIFs featuring the playful antics of none other than its Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal. Available at https://giphy.com/carnivalcruise or by searching on the Giphy app, the GIFs consist of five short videos of the NBA Hall of Famer filmed recently aboard Carnival Horizon with the massive seven-footer shown dancing, shooting hoops, and splashing in the pool. It’s just one more way that Carnival helps its fans #ChooseFun.

  • 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…

  • Guy Fieri’s Family Vacation Featured in Fun Video on Carnival.com

    by Joyce Oliva

    The seagoing adventures of Food Network star and longtime Carnival partner Guy Fieri – whose wildly popular burger and barbecue venues are a staple throughout the Carnival Cruise Line fleet – are showcased in a fun online video feature within the line’s web site, carnival.com. Fieri brought along nearly 50 of his relatives – some of which he hadn’t seen in years – sailing aboard Carnival Vista for six days of fun, family and, of course, food. During the self-proclaimed “Guy-ded Tour,” Fieri and his crew checked out all of Carnival Vista’s tasty culinary choices, including a sumptuous multi-course meal at The Chef’s Table, family-style Italian at Cucina del Capitano, and smoked and grilled favorites at his namesake restaurants, Guy’s…

  • Looking for that perfect complement to your custom cocktail at Alchemy Bar?  Carnival Cruise Line is piloting new small plate dining options at the Alchemy Bars on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. The tantalizing new choices – called Alchemy Bar Snacks – include a trio of oysters with mignonette, roasted berries and pickled scallion, Ahi Poke with whipped avocado, sesame, koshihikari rice and ponzu wakame, Crispy Shrimp with sriracha aioli and chive dressing and a Smoked Brisket Slider with parmesan truffle fries.  Each dish is $4. These pair perfectly with Alchemy Bar’s hand-crafted libations like the Island Old Fashioned, Cucumber Sunrise or The Perfect Storm which are created by lab-coated mixologists at the popular cocktail pharmacy-themed lounge. The new offerings…

  • This past weekend, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic launched year-round programs from Port Canaveral and Miami, respectively, providing seagoing vacationers with new, exciting choices in two convenient Florida homeports. Carnival Breeze kicked off its new Port Canaveral-based program with a special six-day cruise to Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk that departed Sept. 30, to be followed by the launch of year-round seven-day alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises on Oct. 6.  These week-long voyages depart every Saturday with eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk.  Western Caribbean voyages feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of attractive…

  • Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald Takes to the Skies in Carnival AirShip

    by Joyce Oliva

    Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and Karl Sestak from his office had the thrill of a lifetime when they boarded the Carnival AirShip, a 128-foot-long blimp emblazoned with Carnival Cruise Line’s #Choose Fun tagline. Donning the required headphones, Donald and Sestak took to the sky flying over key local landmarks and beaches at upwards of 1,000 feet, all the while promoting #ChooseFun message that’s reached thousands upon thousands of consumers.   The duo boarded the AirShip following festivities welcoming Carnival Horizon to its year-round homeport of Miami and featuring the line’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal and Miami Heat legends. A key component of the line’s Homeport Advantage marketing campaign highlighting ship deployments in key markets, Carnival AirShip has been making…

  • For the second year in a row, Carnival Cruise Line and the New Orleans Saints have teamed up for an exciting  sweepstakes awarding a different lucky fan a free cruise each time the Saints pass for more than 300 yards in a game during the 2018 season. Fans who register at www.carnival.com/saints are automatically entered into the promotion which runs for the entire 2018 regular season. Carnival is the Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints and the sweepstakes continues Carnival’s ongoing support of the New Orleans community.  Carnival is the city’s number one cruise operator with two year-round ships carrying more than 400,000 passengers annually from the Erato Street Cruise Terminal – the most of any cruise line.…

  • Carnival Cruise Line’s shipboard breweries – RedFrog Pub & Brewery on Carnival Vista and Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse on Carnival Horizon – have become so popular that they’ve even inspired a series of limited edition logo items available exclusively onboard the two vessels. Introduced just last week, the only-on-Carnival swag has already become hot commodities with guests flocking to the breweries to pick up these fun and memorable vacation keepsakes.  Items include RedFrog Pub & Brewery T-shirts featuring the colorful amphibian while Smokehouse Brewhouse items are tied to the line’s ParchedPig brand where guests can proclaim they’re “Hog Wild for Craft Brews.” Carnival introduced the first brewery on a North American-based cruise ship on Carnival Vista in 2016, debuting…

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