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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Carnival Cruise Line joined one of its most popular and fast-growing ports, the Port of Galveston, in welcoming the Port’s 10 millionth passenger, Mr. Yingtao Liu from Norman, Okla., who boarded Carnival Vista on Sunday, December 9. Carnival was the first cruise line to realize the potential of Galveston as a year-round cruise port in 2000 and since then, has carried millions of guests from Texas. Upon arrival at the port, to their surprise, Mr. Liu, his wife, parents and three children were warmly greeted by Rodger Rees, Port of Galveston CEO and Port Director; Pavol Drimaj, Carnival Vista Hotel Director; and other members of the Carnival Vista team before boarding the ship for a week-long voyage – the family’s…

  • Continuing its support of its local homeport and port of call communities, Carnival Cruise Line’s entertainment team recently hosted a workshop for dozens of aspiring dancers from Ascendance Dance Studio, an academy that trains young dancers in all aspects of the craft and has been featured on a number of news outlets. Held at Carnival’s shoreside rehearsal studio in Davie, Fla., the half-day workshop provided attendees with a first-hand look at what it takes to succeed in the entertainment world.  The workshop also included a live rehearsal for an upcoming show and culminated with an engaging question and answer session. The workshop was one of many youth activities held regularly at Carnival Studios, a 40,000-square-foot rehearsal space where the line’s…

  • Carnival Cruise Line received “Best Service” and “Best Nightlife” honors in Cruise Critic’s 11th annual Editors’ Picks Awards in the Ocean Cruise Line category. This honor marks the second consecutive year that Carnival has earned “Best Service” honors. The awards are selected by a global panel of cruise experts from Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and online cruise community. Based on first-hand experience and cruise industry knowledge, the experts identify the top cruise lines each year across a variety of categories to help travelers select the best cruise brands for their desired vacations. Carnival earned “Best Service” honors for two years running for providing friendly and attentive service from its 39,000 team members fleetwide who serve more…