January 2016

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  • Carnival Cruise Line, Operation Homefront, And Seven-Time Grammy Award-Winning Superstar Carrie Underwood Launch Honor. Family. Fun. Initiative To Support Military Families

    Today, Carnival Cruise Line announced a new initiative designed to support U.S. military families alongside seven-time GRAMMY-award winning superstar Carrie Underwood and representatives of Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families. The year-long Honor. Family. Fun. program will help raise funds for Operation Homefront and culminate in a special private pierside concert for service men and women and their families starring Underwood aboard Carnival’s newest and most family-friendly ship, the Carnival Vista, when the vessel makes its U.S. debut in New York City at the Port of New York on November 4, 2016.
    “Military families represent a cornerstone of our country and we are honored by the opportunity to partner with Carrie and Operation Homefront to bring much needed awareness and aid to our troops and their loved ones,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The partnership will bring to life many of the heartwarming stories our troops have to share while in turn bringing them some fun along the way.”
    In 10 cities along the course of Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour, which kicks off in Jacksonville, Fla on January 30, select military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, will be treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood before her concerts. A video series highlighting the meet and greets and the families’ individual stories will be featured on carnival.com.
    “I’m honored to be able to join Carnival Cruise Line and Operation Homefront to lift up these soldiers and their families,” said Underwood. “I am really looking forward to meeting them on my tour and for the opportunity to personally thank them for all they do for our freedom.”
    Driving the effort to raise funds for the cause, fans of Underwood, and of the program, will have the opportunity to donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on carnival.com/HonorFamilyFun. Commemorative dog tags will also be available for purchase at merchandise stands at all Storyteller Tour stops as well as on board the fleet of Carnival ships with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.
    “Carnival Cruise Line really knows what it means to support our men and women in uniform and their families,” said retired Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Carnival team and superstar Carrie Underwood to focus on the challenges our military families face as they work tirelessly to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily.”
    The final stop in the cross-country Honor. Family. Fun. campaign will be New York City, where Carnival, Operation Homefront, and Underwood will treat hundreds of military families to a special concert aboard the new Carnival Vista at the Port of New York on November 4, 2016.
    Carnival’s most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, will set sail in Europe in May 2016 and make her stateside debut as host of the special private pierside concert for military families. Designed to connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features including: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; an expansive water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first raft-riding water tube slide; Seafood Shack, a delectable New England-inspired eatery; RedFrog Pub, including the first micro-brewery on a U.S.-based cruise ship, and other exciting dining, bar and entertainment options.
    In the coming weeks, Carnival will launch a new shipboard military appreciation program. Each ship will host a special event on board to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families and will kick off with a welcome video featuring Carrie Underwood.
    Finally, it was also revealed that Carrie Underwood will join the Carnival LIVE! roster of artists in early 2017 with further details to be announced at a later date.

  • Carnival Inspiration To Undergo Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation That Will Add A Variety of Exciting New Features

    The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration will undergo a multi-million-dollar makeover that will add a wide range of new dining and bar innovations next month.
    The new features will be incorporated during a three-week dry dock taking place in Portland, Ore., Jan. 18 to Feb. 5, 2016. Following the renovation, the ship will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, Calif.
    Here’s a look at the exciting new options that will be added to Carnival Inspiration:
    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
    BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar
    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 label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red
    Alchemy Bar, a vintage-themed “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop
    BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool
    Cherry On Top, the “sweetest spot on board” which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more
    In addition to these new spaces, guests sailing aboard Carnival Inspiration can check out the ship’s massive WaterWorks aqua park featuring a 300-foot-long Twister slide and a kiddie splash zone, a 24-hour pizzeria, full casino gambling, a luxurious 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health and wellness center, and the Serenity adults-only retreat.
    On its year-round short cruise program from Long Beach, Carnival Inspiration departs every Friday on three-day cruises to Ensenada and every Monday on four-day cruises to Ensenada and Catalina Island.
    For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

  • Chef Guy Fieri Visits Namesake Eatery on Carnival Liberty

    The Carnival Liberty welcomed a special guest over the weekend — Food Network star Guy Fieri who was on board to check out his namesake eatery, Guy’s Burger Joint, while the ship was docked in St. Maarten.
    The spiky-haired chef, author and restaurateur went behind the counter to chat with Guy’s Burger Joint staff who serve upwards of 1,000 of the delicious hand-crafted burgers per day – all free of charge.
    Carnival Liberty was the first Carnival ship to feature Guy’s Burger Joint whose menu was developed in tandem with Fieri and offers several variations of freshly grilled burgers, hand-cut fries and an elaborate toppings bar.
    Since the first Guy’s Burger Joint debuted in 2011, the popular poolside eatery has been added to seven additional Carnival ships. A Guy’s Burger Joint will also be featured on the new Carnival Vista which is set to debut in May 2016.

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s ‘Presidential Expert’ Macey Hensley Has a Carnival Adventure of a Lifetime

    Macey Hensley – The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s self-proclaimed “presidential expert” – was recently on board Carnival Breeze to check out all the fun features the ship has to offer.
    Decked out in her signature cowboy boots, the effervescent five-year-old had the time of her life on board. Macey’s adventure started with a visit to the ship’s WaterWorks aqua park, home to the massive 311-foot-long Twister slide. Of course, Macey couldn’t resist offering up a little presidential trivia, exclaiming that Franklin Roosevelt had a pool installed at the White House.
    She even got a chance to meet The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, part of Carnival’s fleetwide Seuss at Sea program. After playing a round of mini-golf and a game of bean bag toss with her newfound friends up on Lido Deck, it was the moment of truth – Macey was ready to brave the Twister!
    After donning her water wings – which, naturally, featured pictures of her favorite TV talk show host – Macey zipped down the corkscrew slide in style and was greeted by the Dr. Seuss characters as her exhilarating ride came to an end.
    Alas, it was time to say goodbye but we’re sure Macey had a great time on board Carnival Breeze. Hope to see you again soon, Macey!
    The clip of Macey on the Breeze can be viewed here.

  • Carnival Named ‘Best Cruise Line’ and ‘Best Cruise Ship For Dining’ In USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards

    Carnival Cruise Line took top honors in two categories in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, earning accolades for “Best Cruise Line” and “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” (Carnival Breeze).
    The awards were based on nominations from a team of cruise industry experts and the winners were determined by an online vote by USA Today readers.
    Carnival earned “Best Cruise Line” honors for its affordable, high quality vacation experience that offers a variety of onboard features and facilities, from the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to luxurious spas and hilarious comedy shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.
    Carnival Breeze was named “Best Cruise Ship For Dining” for its wide range of tantalizing culinary options, including Bonsai Sushi, the elegant Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and hand-crafted burgers and fries at Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri.
    “Receiving this recognition is a wonderful validation of all the hard work our shipboard and shoreside teams put into providing our guests with fun, memorable vacations, which, of course, includes offering an array of delicious dining choices that are considered a highlight of a Carnival cruise,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. “We would also like to thank our travel agent partners for their support in sharing the myriad benefits and exceptional value of cruise vacations with their clients,” she added.

  • Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Wave Season with Month-Long Carnivalidays Event Featuring Special Pricing Offers, Onboard Perks and More

    To celebrate the upcoming Wave Season, Carnival Cruise Line is launching a month-long Carnivalidays event with special pricing offers, onboard perks and more.
    The event runs January 4-31, 2016, with a variety of offers throughout the month, everything from complimentary two-category upgrades and onboard credits to reduced deposits and 24-hour sales with great rates on hundreds of sailings.
    Offers are available on a wide variety of three- to eight-day cruises to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and other destinations as well as European sailings on the new Carnival Vista, set to debut in May 2016 operating eight- to 13-day cruises to the Mediterranean. The offers are capacity controlled and certain restrictions apply.
    For additional information on Carnivalidays, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.