Category: Travel

Chef Guy Fieri Visits Namesake Eatery on Carnival Liberty

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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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

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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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

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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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

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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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.

Carnival Cruise Line Builds World’s Largest Cruise Ship Made Of Canned Food At Monday’s New Orleans Saints Game

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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Carnival Cruise Line capped off a Holiday Food & Fund drive in New Orleans benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank by constructing the world’s largest cruise ship made of canned food which was displayed on Monday night at the New Orleans Saints game.

Carnival is the “Official Cruise Line of the New Orleans Saints” and the 30-foot-long cruise ship built from more than 17,000 cans of food was the culmination of a Holiday Food & Fund drive involving New Orleans-area schools that was sponsored by Carnival and the NFL franchise.

The can structure was built in consultation with the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and required more than 100 volunteers who expertly positioned the cans – one at a time – to create a reproduction of a Carnival cruise ship featuring such design elements as the line’s signature winged funnel, running lights and more.

Both Carnival and the New Orleans Saints provided incentives to students in New Orleans-area schools to participate in the food drive by awarding classroom prizes including free pizza parties, Saints lithograph footballs and free cruises to schools who collected the most cans of food. The winning schools were announced during half-time at the game. The joint initiative will provide more than 75,000 meals for those in need in the greater New Orleans area this holiday season.

“Carnival has been a part of New Orleans for more than two decades and we greatly value the opportunity to give back to our homeport communities,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “This Holiday Food & Fund drive in partnership with the New Orleans Saints and Second Harvest was a fun and rewarding way to provide tens of thousands of meals to those in need this holiday season,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.

“We are so proud to have worked with Carnival Cruise Line and Second Harvest on the successful build of the largest cruise ship made out of cans, but even more excited about the amount of food donations made through the build and the food drives at local schools that will help fight hunger throughout this holiday season,” said Jean-Paul Dardenne, New Orleans Saints’ senior vice president of corporate partnerships. “Carnival Cruise Line demonstrated their leadership and dedication throughout this project and we are proud to continue to work together to make a difference in the New Orleans community.”

Added Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, “We are so thankful for wonderful opportunity with Carnival, the New Orleans Saints and AIA to team up with us to lead the fight against hunger in Southern Louisiana by providing incentives for schools to participate in our Holiday Food & Fund Drive. Our work together ensures that meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger.”

Carnival’s Holiday Food & Fund drive is just the latest example of the cruise line’s support of the New Orleans community. Carnival is New Orleans’ largest cruise operator with two year-round ships carrying 400,000 passengers annually. The line will expand capacity on its short cruise program from New Orleans by 34 percent with the deployment of the Carnival Triumph in spring 2016.

For additional information and reservations on Carnival’s departures from New Orleans or any other of its convenient North American homeports, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald Featured in John Heald’s “Whatever We’re Gonna Call These” Interview Series

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

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John Heald’s “Whatever We’re Gonna Call These” video series continues with Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald, the latest company executive to be interviewed by the popular brand ambassador.

During the interview Heald asks Arnold his thoughts on the new Carnival Vista and even challenges the CEO to a race aboard the ship’s SkyRide, a groundbreaking aerial attraction that will consist of hanging recumbent-like bicycles encircling an elevated 800-foot-long track.

The interview with Donald can be viewed here.

Carnival Sunshine’s Inaugural Call in Martinique Marked with Shipboard Ceremony

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

To commemorate Carnival Sunshine’s inaugural call in Martinique, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between the ship’s officers and officials from the Caribbean island.

Carnival Sunshine visited Martinique earlier this week during a 10-day Caribbean cruise that is part of Carnival Journeys, a collection of nine- to 15-day voyages featuring local culinary and entertainment experiences, exclusive team member Q&As and special activities, including a fun-filled “throw back sea day” with retro activities and old school dining options from the 1980s.

Holiday How-To: Make Snowman Candy Apples

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

The holiday season is here, which means that making holiday treats may be on your list of activities for coming weeks – I know it’s on mine!

We recently stopped by the Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs to learn how to make one of their most popular seasonal candy apples: the snowman apple.

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You’ll need: one Granny Smith apple, one candy apple stick, one marshmallow, melted caramel, melted white chocolate, three mini M&Ms, three mini chocolate chips, granulated sugar, one candy fruit wrap, and one mini peanut butter cup (for a top hat).

Check out the video above for step-by-step directions from Confectioner Matt.

Holiday How-To: Make Snowman Candy Apples by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

From Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, Holiday Music is Still a Seasonal Staple

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

This holiday season, our first as “Disney Springs,” it’s been fun to see all that’s new on property during this most festive time of year.

It’s also been nice to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about some of my favorite long-time offerings.

At the top of list? The Christmas music that fills the promenade through December.

One of our performers, Pat Frost, has been making musical magic for years. With his Santa hat and conch shells, his rendition of familiar holiday tunes is unique, to say the least!

I loved taking a look back at this 2012 video from Christmas past when we were still “Downtown Disney” and the West Side hadn’t yet begun to make way for new locations like Starbucks and United World Soccer.

If you want to see Pat perform this year, stop by Dockside Margaritas — he’s frequently spotted there. And if you miss him, pick up a Times Guide to check out other entertainment options including Including meet and greets with Santa, live musical performances, stilt walkers and more! ’Tis the season.

From Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, Holiday Music is Still a Seasonal Staple by Darcy Clark: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

By the Numbers: Holidays at Disneyland Park

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel

If you’ve walked down Main Street, U.S.A., the past few weeks, you can’t miss it … the holidays have come to Disneyland park! From garlands to lights to Christmas trees, there is a lot to see throughout the park. But exactly how much festivity is there? We’ve put some numbers on it!

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13Gingerbread zombies in the ballroom scene at Haunted Mansion Holiday

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

100Performers in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade

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6,000Decorative lights on the Main Street Christmas tree

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300,000Miniature LED lights sparkling within the trees, hedges and topiaries outside “it’s a small world” Holiday

By the Numbers: Holidays at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog