March 2016

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  • Carnival Magic to Feature New Guy Fieri-Designed Open-Air Barbecue Eatery Offering Traditional Smokehouse Favorites

    Chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri, whose Guy’s Burger Joints on Carnival Cruise Line ships have earned a reputation as the best burgers at sea, has expanded his seagoing culinary offerings with a new authentic smokehouse and barbecue venue aboard Carnival Magic.
    Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse is a casual open-air eatery located on Carnival Magic’s Lanai on Promenade Deck featuring a wide variety of BBQ favorites smoked right on board over hickory and cherry wood using Guy’s signature recipes, rubs and spices. A member of the American Royal National Barbecue Hall of Fame, Fieri is cooking up real-deal smokehouse favorites like bone-in, dry-rubbed, slow-smoked and pulled Championship Pork Butt, dry-rubbed and grilled Blue Ribbon Chicken, smoked Andouille sausage and Sliced Smoked Round of Beef cooked “low and slow” and thinly sliced. A rarity on cruise ships, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse features a traditional wood smoker which was installed on board as part of a recent dry dock.
    Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse also features Fieri’s own unique take on traditional side dishes with deliciously creative offerings like Mac Daddy Mac n Cheese, Old Skool Potato Salad, Scratch-Made Slaw, Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey, and Molasses Baked Beans with Bacon and Burnt Ends. All items at Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse will be available free of charge.
    Diners can spice up their dishes with Fieri’s signature BBQ sauces, including Award-Winning Brown Sugar (sweet and sticky), Kansas City (smoky and sweet), and Sriracha BBQ (spicy and tangy) and Carolina #6 (tangy with sweet heat). A hot sauce bar, as well as a wide range of ice-cold beers and sodas, will be available, as well.
    Commented Fieri, “Everyone knows that it takes the finest meats cooked ‘low and slow’ to create truly righteous mouth-watering barbecue. My new ‘Pig & Anchor’ eatery on Carnival Magic is gonna be off the hook! Be sure to grab lots of napkins — it’s gonna get messy!”
    “Guy has been a wonderful partner and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy all the incredible offerings at his Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse which we’re sure will be a huge hit with Carnival Magic guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
    Open sea days from noon to 2:30 p.m., Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse is part of Carnival Magic’s extensive multi-million-dollar renovation that spanned three weeks and added a variety of exciting new dining and bar concepts, including, of course, a Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue serving hand-crafted burgers and fries with recipes created by the Food Network star. Including Carnival Magic, Guy’s Burger Joints are available on 11 Carnival ships and serve more than 1,000 burgers per ship per day. Guy’s Burger Joint will also be featured aboard the new Carnival Vista when it debuts in May.
    Other newly added spaces on Carnival Magic include two poolside bars – the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar – along with the BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, Pizzeria del Capitano offering hand-tossed artisanal pies, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and a “candy and more store” called Cherry on Top.
    Carnival Magic will continue its seven-day schedule from Galveston through April 10, 2016 then reposition to Port Canaveral to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises April 23, 2016. Prior to launching its new seven-day schedule from Port Canaveral, Carnival Magic will operate a special three-day cruise to Nassau April 20-23, 2016.
    Carnival Magic will offer two distinctly different week-long itineraries from the Space Coast – a western Caribbean route featuring Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya; and an eastern Caribbean option calling at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Amber Cove.
    Additional information on Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse is available at www.carnival.com/guysbbq.
    For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

  • Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. Named Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Tour Operator of the Year’

    Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. – which each year provides thousands of Carnival Cruise Line guests with memorable and exciting landside experiences in Freeport, The Bahamas – has been named the cruise line’s “Tour Operator of the Year.”
    Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. was selected from hundreds of tour operators that work in tandem with Carnival to offer guests unforgettable offerings ashore throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
    Dozens of tour operators in select ports were also recognized with Carnival’s Leading Tour Operator Award. Additionally, eight shore excursion operators were recognized for excellence with Carnival’s first-ever Most Innovative Tour Awards. This elite group was acknowledged for consistently developing and conceptualizing excursions that showcase the unique attributes of their particular destination.
    All of these awards are based on nominations by shoreside tour operations personnel in the company’s Miami headquarters and shore excursion managers on board Carnival’s ships, as well as guest ratings and feedback. Tour operators are evaluated on innovation, creativity, quality, professionalism, communication and overall guest reviews.
    “Providing a wide variety of exciting shore excursions is an important part of the Carnival vacation experience and it is an honor to recognize our partners at Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. for their role in helping our guests create a lifetime of wonderful memories,” said Erika Tache, director of product development for Carnival Cruise Line. “We would also like to recognize the recipients of our inaugural Most Innovative Tour Award for their commitment to creating fun and unique excursions that allow our guests to fully immerse themselves in the beautiful destinations we visit,” she added.
    Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd. offers a wide range of on-shore experiences, including many tours exclusively available to Carnival guests. Two of the operators’ most highly rated tours include My Bahamian House: A Select Retreat! where guests have access to a private waterside home with their own personal chef, bartender and wait staff while enjoying kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling, as well as VIP Luxury Sail, an all-inclusive day-long excursion aboard a 50-foot Beneteau yacht sailing beautiful turquoise waters as participants enjoy freshly prepared local cuisine on board.

    The Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator recipients include:
    Antigua: Tropical Adventures
    Aruba: De Palm Corporation N.V.
    Barbados: Island Safari Barbados Ltd.
    Curcacao: Atlantis Adventures N.V.
    La Romana: Iberoservice
    San Juan: Tour Co-op
    St. Kitts: Blue Water Safaris Limited
    St. Lucia: Foster & Ince
    St. Maarten (2): Xaro N.V. and Dolphin Discovery Anguilla
    St. Thomas (2): Cruise Ship Excursions and BOSS Underwater
    Nassau: Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas
    Grand Turk (2): Chukka Caribbean Adventures and Oasis Divers
    Belize: Calypso Train Tours Limited
    Montego Bay (2): Calico Sailing and Undersea Tours, and Chukka Caribbean Adventures Limited
    Ocho Rios: Elite Shore Excursions Foundation
    Cozumel (5): Peninsula de la Pasion, Tripping Cool, Lisandra, Caribbean Sun Fun Ltd., and Controla Dolphin Sa de CV
    Progreso: Via Yucatan SA de CV
    Mahogany Bay (2): Total Gusto and Anthony’s Key Resort
    Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Adventures
    Cabo San Lucas: Cabo Excursions
    Grand Cayman (2): Nautilus Cayman Ltd. and Websters Tours Ltd.
    Ensenada (2): Mexico Travel Scape Explora Caribe
    Amber Cove (2): Iberoservice Wildplay Adventures

    Most Innovative Tour recipients include:
    St. Maarten: Surf & Turf: ATV Buggy’s Speed Boat Adventure (operated by Koasis NV)
    Freeport: VIP Luxury Sail (Freeport Bahamas Adventures Ltd.)
    Grand Turk: Home Sweet Home! Your Caribbean Retreat (Oasis Divers)
    Cozumel (2): Jaguar Track & Beach Getaway & Punta Sur (Renta Safari SA de CV) and
    Exclusive Dolphin Swim & Ride VIP Experience (Dolphinaris)
    Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night (Vallarta Adventure)
    Amber Cove: Outback Dominican Adventure (Outback Safari)
    Nassau: Nassau Native Quest (Nassau Native Quest)

    With Carnival’s one-of-a-kind Shore Excursion Best Price Guarantee, guests who find the same tour offered by another operator at a lower price than their booked excursion either before or during their cruise can receive 110 percent of the difference in the form of a shipboard credit, providing peace of mind knowing they are getting the best price available.

  • First Call Functions Held for Carnival Sunshine’s Inaugural Calls in Barbados and Tobago

    Representatives from the islands of Barbados and Tobago were recently on board Carnival Sunshine for receptions to celebrate the ship’s inaugural calls at these two tropical destinations. Barbados and Tobago were among the featured ports on Carnival Sunshine’s 13-day Carnival Journeys cruise which returned to Port Canaveral, Fla., on March 5.
    Carnival Journeys is a collection of nine- to 15-day seagoing adventures featuring exceptional ports and unique on-board experiences showcasing local cuisine, entertainment and cultural opportunities. The cruises also include enrichment seminars focusing on photography, cooking, arts and crafts, social media and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed “Throwback Sea Day” and Q&A sessions with shipboard personnel.
    Carnival Sunshine will continue its schedule of Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral then operate a seasonal program of voyages from New York, Norfolk, Va., and Charleston, S.C. June through November.

  • Country Music Star Sam Hunt, Comedians Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan Featured in Carnival LIVE’s 2016 Lineup

    Carnival Cruise Line has announced its fall 2016 Carnival LIVE lineup featuring country music star Sam Hunt and comedians Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan.
    Bringing the best in live music and comedy to the seas, Carnival LIVE is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy captivating performances by major artists at a tremendous value. Performances are held in the ships’ main theaters – ranging in guest capacity from 900 to 1,300 – meaning there’s never a bad seat in the house.
    Carnival LIVE performances are held while vessels are docked in Cozumel, Nassau and, for the first time, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay.
    Known for his innovative and boundary-breaking artistry, Sam Hunt will have audiences singing along and dancing in the aisles as he performs two shows while Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Splendor are docked in Cozumel on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, respectively. Hunt – who was recently nominated for a Grammy Award and has been honored with an American Music Award, a CMT Award and an Academy of Country Music Award – is the first country artist to chart all singles from his debut album in the Billboard Hot 100.
    Grammy award-winner Jim Gaffigan brings his unique brand of humor with performances in Nassau aboard Carnival Valor Sept. 6 and Carnival Fantasy Sept. 7. Gaffigan is a New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He recently wrapped the first season of his critically acclaimed television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which, like his brand of humor, revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.
    Famous for his starring role in the Rush Hour movie series, Tucker will keep guests laughing with his hilarious outlook on life with two shows – one aboard Carnival Freedom in Grand Cayman Oct. 25 and another on Carnival Dream in Montego Bay Oct. 26. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream, Tucker was a staple on the Def Comedy Jam series before breaking into movies and continuing his popular stand-up comedy career. Most recently, he starred in a self-titled comedy show, Chris Tucker – Live, on Netflix.
    These performances complement an array of shows by a variety of musical artists taking place aboard eight Carnival ships over the coming months.
    Carnival LIVE tickets for Sam Hunt, Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan range from $30 to $75 for general admission, significantly less than land-based venues. VIP tickets are available for $100 to $250 and offer seating in the first five rows, a photo opportunity with the artist and a commemorative concert pass.
    A full listing of the 2016 Carnival LIVE concert series is available by visiting www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE, contacting any travel agent or calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.

  • First Call Function Commemorates Carnival Victory’s Arrival in Port Canaveral

    Yesterday, a traditional maritime plaque exchange ceremony was held aboard the Carnival Victory to commemorate the ship’s start-up of three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla.
    Carnival Victory joins Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Valor to provide the widest variety of cruise options from the Space Coast. Together these three vessels will carry 600,000 passengers annually from Port Canaveral – the most of any cruise operator. Carnival Cruise Line was the first cruise operator to recognize the potential of Port Canaveral as a year-round cruise homeport and recently celebrated its 26th year of sailing from the the port.
    Pictured here at the ceremony are Carnival Victory Captain Isidoro Renda and Port Canaveral Port Director and CEO Captain John Murray who was attending his first ship function since starting his new position on February 15.

  • Kathy Griffin Keeps ’Em Laughing Aboard Carnival Breeze

    Comedian Kathy Griffin brought her unique brand of pull-no-punches comedy to the Carnival Breeze with an energetic hour-long set during which she pulled the veil back on current events, including the ongoing political race, as well as pop culture news and her personal run-ins with celebrities and other “questionable figures.”
    Griffin’s show was the first-ever comedy performance of Carnival LIVE, a one-of-a-kind on-board entertainment experience that provides guests an opportunity to enjoy performances by major artists at a great value.
    In addition to a spirited show that took place in the Carnival Breeze’s main show lounge, fans had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the comedian and received seating in the first five rows and a commemorative lanyard.
    Griffin’s performance complements an array of shows by a variety of musical artists taking place aboard eight Carnival ships over the coming months.

  • Carnival Cruise Line Sponsors Fun & Fit As a Family Event At South Beach Wine & Food Festival For Fifth Consecutive Year

    For the fifth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line kept kids entertained at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Fit & Fun as a Family event which is designed to promote healthy lifestyles to families.
    Held at Miami’s Jungle Island, the two-day event included lots of fun activities for both the young and young at heart, everything from arts and crafts where kids could color their own Carnival-themed aprons to face painting and limbo and hula hoop contests. There was even an oversized Jenga game for all to enjoy. Carnival also provided attendees with free frozen yogurt which was the perfect treat on a warm South Florida day.

  • Carnival Cruise Line Mixologist Miroslav Kljajic Named ‘Bartender of the Year’ at the 2016 Bacardi Cruise Competition

    Miroslav Kljajic – a mixologist at the Alchemy Bar aboard the Carnival Glory — has been named “Bartender of the Year” at the 2016 Bacardi Legacy Cruise Competition, which attracted over 4,000 entries from top bartenders from major cruise and ferry lines worldwide. This marks the third time in the past five years that a Carnival mixologist has earned the coveted award.
    Kljajic earned top honors for his custom-created libation, “Elixir Fizz,” a refreshing mix of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Tawny port, vanilla/thyme syrup, Prosecco and Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters liqueur. In addition to a $4,000 cash award and an etched trophy, Kljajic earned a spot in the finals of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in San Francisco.
    Kljajic joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2012 after working at a number of well-established restaurants and bars throughout Europe.
    Since joining Carnival, Kljajic has worked almost exclusively at the line’s cocktail pharmacy themed Alchemy Bars, where bartenders “prescribe” custom cocktails featuring unique ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop.
    Alchemy Bars are on 11 ships and will be among the many bar and dining concepts that will be featured on the new Carnival Vista which is set to debut in Europe May 1.

  • Carnival Cruise Line Partners With Tom Joyner Foundation For 2016 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Taking Place Aboard Carnival Breeze In April

    For the fourth consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Line is partnering with the Tom Joyner Foundation to present the 2016 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage.
    The Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, the voyage will take place aboard Carnival Breeze with a customized eight-day Caribbean voyage departing April 23, 2016, and visiting the beautiful tropical destinations of St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk.
    The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and serves as a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Historical Black Colleges and Universities of which Carnival is a proud sponsor.
    “This is one of those special experiences that will stay with you forever,” said Tom Joyner. “We sell out every year and our partner, Carnival, takes the event to the next level with a premiere ship and outstanding service.”
    The star-studded line-up of artists performing during the cruise includes Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, New Edition, Johnny Gill, and more than 60 entertainers. The ship is programmed from sunup to sundown with exclusive concerts, fitness classes, and inspiration and empowerment seminars. Each night is a colorful party with theme nights including All Black Everything, Denim & Diamonds, #FlashbackFriday, Mardi Gras, Pajama Night, Represent Night, White Night, and a formal Sneaker Ball. There will also be “Day Parties,” including a special event to honor military veterans.
    “We’re pleased and honored for Carnival Cruise Line to serve as the Official Cruise Line of the Fantastic Voyage, supporting the efforts of the Tom Joyner Foundation,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company with a portfolio of 10 of the world’s leading cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line. “This year’s cruise promises to deliver an unforgettable experience featuring top entertainers, great destinations and exciting on-board activities while supporting students at our historically black colleges and universities,” he added.
    Commented Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, “We’re delighted once again to serve as a proud partner of the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage which provides participants with a lifetime of wonderful memories both on board and ashore, all while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”
    For additional information on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, please visit fantasticvoyage.blackamericaweb.com.