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April 20, 2009

New Seven-Day Cruises from Mobile Aboard Carnival Fantasy Now Open for Reservations

Earlier today, Carnival Cruise Lines began accepting reservations for a new series of seven-day western Caribbean voyages from Mobile, Ala., taking place next year.    The new weeklong cruises will depart the Alabama Cruise Terminal May 8 and 15, July 3 and 10, and Oct. 23 and 30, 2010, and feature three tropical Caribbean ports of…
February 24, 2009

We Have a Winner!

[gallery columns="5"]           The second John Heald Bloggers Cruise aboard the Carnival Fa ntasy attracted more than 400 enthusiastic participants, including Matt Meisenhelder, a Wilson, N.C., resident who was awarded a free stateroom as part of an on-line contest sponsored by Porthole Cruise Magazine.              The John Heald Bloggers Cruise brings together fans of the…
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February 20, 2009

RAVE REVIEWS

  The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy -- which underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation last fall as part of the line’s “Evolutions of Fun” product enhancement program -- has been earning rave reviews from guests, travel agents and journalists alike.   The MSBNC.com article by Anita Dunham Potter entitled “Some Cruise Ships Get Better with Age” highlights the…
February 12, 2009

Travel Journalists Host Q & A on Bloggers Cruise

            Journalists sailing on the John Heald Bloggers Cruise aboard the Carnival Fantasy hosted a question-and-answer session for more than 150 Bloggers Cruise participants.              The panel was comprised of eight journalists, including:  Anita Dunham-Potter of MSNBC.com and expertcruiser.com; David Molyneaux of travelmaven.net; Paul Motter of cruisemates.com; freelance writers Lynn and Cele Seldon; Gene…
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February 9, 2009

More Than 100 bloggers Team Up for Big Easy cleanup!

[gallery columns="5"]             Fans of John Heald’s blog gathered in New Orleans this weekend, to help spruce up a neighborhood park in the Big Easy.  More than 100 bloggers joined in the volunteer service day in advance of the Bloggers Cruise which is being held on a five-day cruise of the Carnival Fantasy.             Teaming…
November 25, 2008

Carnival ‘Gives Fun Back’ in New Orleans

As part of Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Give Fun Back” radio promotion – which awarded deserving New Orleans residents with free “Fun Ship” cruises – Larenzo Carter, a detective for the New Orleans Police Department, was the guest of honor aboard the Carnival Fantasy, which operates four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans. Carter, whose VIP…
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October 29, 2008

Carnival To Host ‘Community Service Day’ in New Orleans Prior to ‘Bloggers Cruise’ on Carnival Fantasy in Feb. 2009

             Participants in the second “John Heald Bloggers Cruise” – taking place aboard the newly refurbished Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans in February 2009 – will not only enjoy five fun-filled days sailing with the popular senior cruise director, but they can also make a difference in the lives of local residents.             The…
October 16, 2008

Rebuilt Puerta Maya Cruise Center In Cozumel Welcomes First Ships

[gallery]              The newly rebuilt pier at the Puerta Maya Cruise Center in Cozumel, Mexico – closed since being damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 – welcomed its first ships today when the 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy and 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy docked at the facility this morning.             The $50 million cruise center, built and…
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October 14, 2008

Carnival Fantasy Returns To Service From New Orleans Following Extensive ‘Evolutions of Fun’ Upgrades

[gallery]             The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy has resumed its popular four- and five-day cruise schedule from New Orleans following a 28-day dry dock that included the addition of an expansive new water park, exclusive adults-only area,  redesigned main pool and a new “Circle C” facility for 12-to 14-year-olds.               The ship’s suites and dining…
October 9, 2008

A Grand Opening

             Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy and 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will be the first cruise ships to call at the newly rebuilt Puerta Maya Cruise Center in Cozumel, Mexico, when it re-opens on Thursday, Oct. 16 – nearly three years to the day after being severely damaged by Hurricane Wilma.             Carnival Ecstasy…
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