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  • 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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    Carnival Ecstasy Supports Local Community in Charleston; Awarded Key to the City

    by Joyce Oliva

    Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg made a special visit to Carnival Ecstasy earlier this week to thank the onboard team for their recent donation of more than 250 chairs to 180Place, a homeless assistance center in Charleston. The donation was part of an ongoing support initiative in which the ship gives tableware, mattresses, bed frames, clothing and other items to a variety of local charities and social service organizations. Tecklenburg cited Carnival Cruise Line’s outstanding community service efforts as the reason for presenting Captain Arik Mazzi and his team with the prestigious Key to the City of Charleston during a ceremony on the ship’s bridge. Pictured here is Tecklenburg with Mazzi and Carnival Ecstasy leadership, along with port agent Gary Santos…

  •   Continuing Carnival Cruise Line’s community service efforts throughout its North American homeports, more than 200 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida had a day they won’t soon forget when they boarded Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty when the ships were docked in Port Canaveral. The unforgettable day of fun included amazing magic shows, behind-the-scenes tours and delicious lunches with appearances by popular Dr. Seuss characters that are part of the line’s Seuss at Sea program operated exclusively with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.  The events culminated with ship tours that provided the youngsters an opportunity to view massive water parks, top-rated children’s facilities and other kid-friendly spaces.  The children also had a chance to talk to Carnival…

  •   Leave it to the Carnival Australia team to come up with a fun and inventive way to mark the country’s ever-popular Christmas in July celebration — Grinchmas Eve, with the crusty curmudgeon rappelling down a rope via helicopter to steal the Christmas fun from Carnival Spirit in Sydney Harbor. After his fearless drop, Carnival Spirit guests watched as The Grinch caused chaos on board swiping the captain’s hat, hiding the turkey and even stealing lollipops from the Cherry on Top sweets shop.   With so many activities for guests of all ages, delicious food and live entertainment options, in the end even The Grinch couldn’t resist turning his frown upside down, dancing along to all of the fun he…

  •   Carnival Cruise Line’s fun-filled Hawaii cruises earned top honors in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, which recognizes cruise operators that provide a superior experience while taking guests to stunning and beautiful destinations around the globe.  The awards are based on consumer ratings and reviews posted to the Cruise Critic web site over the past year with Carnival receiving top ratings in the Large Ship Category. Carnival’s Hawaii cruises provide visitors with ample opportunities to experience and explore the awe-inspiring wonders of the Aloha State combined with the line’s festive, one-of-a-kind shipboard atmosphere that allows guests so many ways to “Choose Fun.”  The cruises are part of Carnival Journeys featuring Polynesian cuisine and entertainment as well as enrichment opportunities that…

  •   Continuing its efforts at being a good community partner, Carnival Ecstasy recently hosted a day of fun for more than 60 kids from Camp Hope while the ship was docked at the Port of Charleston. Now in its 11th year, Camp Hope is operated by the Charleston Police Department and is designed to provide at-risk youth with fun, educational and engaging activities while fostering a sense of community between children and local law enforcement. During their time on board, the campers had a chance to cool off at the Carnival Ecstasy’s spectacular WaterWorks aqua park and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the ship’s poolside restaurant.  They also met some of 920 crew members who hail from more than 50…

  •     Carnival Cruise Line – which carries more active and retired military personnel than any other cruise operator – last night partnered with Operation Homefront to honor the brave men and women of the Armed Forces to host “Humor for Heroes” at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego featuring stand-up comedy performances, BBQ, fun activities and more. Featured comedians included “Workaholics” star Adam Devine, who last year performed several shows overseas for the USO, as well as two comedians from Carnival’s Punchliner Comedy Clubs, keeping the crowd of 500 service members and families laughing throughout the show. “Honoring the military and than king them for all they do for our country is something that’s very important to me,”…

  • Carnival Cruise Line took home two prestigious Telly Awards for in-stateroom TV programming that highlights the line’s wide-ranging entertainment options. Produced by Carnival’s in-house entertainment department and Onboard Media, the videos showcase the captivating and engaging offerings on board, including the high-tech Playlist Productions shows, Punchliner Comedy Clubs, rollicking piano bars, audience participation favorites like the Clue Murder Mystery game and more. Established in 1979, the Tellys honor excellence in television, digital and video recognizing the best work created for all screens with more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents annually.    

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    Carnival Elation Wins TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Refurbished Ship

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    Carnival Elation came home a big winner on June 15 for Best Refurbished Ship (ocean-going) at the TravelAgeWest WAVE Awards. The ship underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in October 2017 that included the addition of 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies to existing staterooms, and a variety of popular and exciting food and beverage concepts. The ship now features: Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture. RedFrog Rum Bar:  a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private…

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