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  • Carnival Cruise Line dominated the fifth annual Cruise Hive Cruise Ship Awards earning top honors in six categories, including Best Cruise Line, as well as Best Cruise Ship Feature for SkyRide for the third consecutive year. Additional honors include Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship for 2019, Most Anticipated Future Cruise Ship, Best New Cruise Ship of 2018, and Best Cruise Ship Dining Venue. Cruise Hive is a popular blog dedicated to sharing cruise industry news and tips with experienced and first-time cruisers alike. Winners are voted on by Cruise Hive readers. Carnival earned Best Cruise Line honors for consistently delivering on its brand promise to provide fun, memorable vacations at a great value. As America’s Cruise Line, Carnival carries more…

  • Carnival Cruise Line’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal was recognized in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s annual Editor-in-Chief Awards as the Most Improved Cruise Terminal. Winners are selected by the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff based on his personal experiences with various cruise operators throughout the year. The awards are featured in the January issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine. Originally opened by Carnival in 2003, the Long Beach Cruise Terminal underwent an extensive, multi-million-dollar renovation last year that more than doubled the size of the facility while enhancing the guest experience and operational flow. Housed within the world’s largest, free-span geodesic dome that was once home to Howard Hughes’ famous Spruce Goose seaplane, the state-of-the-art, 142,000-square-foot facility now showcases a mural of the picturesque…

  • The Carnival AirShip has taken to the skies of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, completing its first week, delighting consumers and travel agents who have spotted it high above cultural moments, Carnival ships at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and more. Attendees to the Post Rose Parade Showcase of Floats in Pasadena got the first glimpse of the Carnival Airship as it flew over more than 40 floats, including Carnival’s first entry into the Rose Parade, “Come Sail Away,” a floral replica of Carnival Panorama. On Friday, employees at Carnival’s sister brand, Princess Cruises, got an up-close look at the AirShip. The Carnival Airship then visited one of Southern California’s most iconic attractions, the Santa Monica Pier, on Saturday. Following…

  • For those looking to ‘Choose Fun’ and add more adventure to their lives, Carnival Cruise Line has made it easier than ever with its limited-time ‘Let Fun Live’ sales event. With an ever-expanding array of tantalizing dining options, show-stopping entertainment and groundbreaking innovations and attractions, there have never been more ways to Choose Fun aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s ships. Just in time for vacation planning season, Carnival has launched the Let Fun Live sales event which will feature an array of different offers. The promotion is valid on more than 3,000 sailings from now until 2021 to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, and other stunning destinations. Carnival Cruise Line has amped up the fun this year with announcements like the launch…

  • Carnival Cruise Line earned top honors as the Best Ocean Cruise Line in the annual USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards announced today. In addition, Carnival Sunshine was named Best Mid-Sized Ship, and Carnival Breeze was voted Best Cruise Ship for Families. Carnival ships dominated the Best Cruise Ship for Families category with Carnival Breeze, Carnival Horizon and Carnival Vista holding three of the top four spots. Nominees were selected by a panel of USA Today and 10Best.com editors and contributors, and then voted on by the public. 10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel content around the U.S. and beyond. Combined with USA Today, America’s number one newspaper, the two news forums garner 6.6 million readers daily. “We…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Carnival Cruise Line Decks Its Halls for the Holiday Season

    by CStromfeld

    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…

  • 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…

  • Carnival Triumph Provides Seaside Assistance to Sailboat in Need

    by Joyce Oliva

    We’ve all called on roadside assistance to come to our rescue, but how about seaside assistance? On Wednesday, Dec. 12, as the ship was at sea, Carnival Triumph responded to a request from a sailboat in the vicinity that was in need of oil. Keeping with maritime tradition and looking to provide a helpful hand, Carnival Triumph approached the vessel to assist as the sailors gleefully shouted, “Thank you, Carnival!” Captain Isidoro Renda and his team offered the sailors oil for their engine allowing them to successfully continue along their journey. Carnival Triumph was on a five-day Western Caribbean cruise that returned to her homeport of New Orleans today.

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