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Carnival Vista Provides an Array of Entertainment, Thrills, Activities

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First IMAX Theatre at Sea, SkyRide Suspended Aerial Cycling Experience Among the Ship’s Many Attractions

May 6, 2016 – The new Carnival Vista is currently on its maiden voyage, wowing guests with it’s many industry-first features such as an IMAX Theatre at sea, SkyRide, an open-air cycling experience suspended high above the ship’s top deck, as well as a multi-sensory, 455-foot-long water tube slide called Kaleid-O-Slide.

Additionally, new Playlist Productions shows and a number new activities are being introduced to provide an variety of entertainment choices.

Carnival Vista also features a suspended 270-foot-long ropes course, an exhilarating, high speed Twister slide, an aqua spray park with a 300-gallon tipping bucket and a huge array of other outdoor and indoor entertainment options.

Carnival Vista

Carnival is also introducing several new activities including the South Beach-inspired Serenity Nights, a Rock-N-Glow 80s Deck Party and an Island Deck Party as well as a murder mystery experience.

Entertainment offerings also include popular comedians at the Punchliner Comedy Club, family-favorite Hasbro, The Game Show, which is a live action game show incorporating popular Hasbro games, and Thrill Theater, among others.

First IMAX Theatre at Sea, Thrill Theater Part of Carnival Multiplex
Carnival Vista houses the first IMAX Theatre at sea including a three-deck-high screen that offers an immersive cinema experience featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters, family favorites and IMAX documentary content.

The 187-seat IMAX Theatre is part of the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes the Thrill Theater, a multi-dimensional experience where seats move back and forth and side to side and viewers are sprayed with water and bubbles to make them feel like they’re part of the feature. Only available on Carnival Vista is Thrillogy, a scary-yet-fun multi-sensory horror movie experience within the Thrill Theater that is designed for guests 17 and older.

The cost for first-run movies in the IMAX Theatre is $12.95 for adults and $9.95 for children 12 and under and guests aged 55 and over. The cost for IMAX documentaries and Thrill Theater is $5.50 per person.

New Playlist Productions Shows

Carnival Vista debuted three new high-tech Playlist Productions shows which include:

·Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance, an exhilarating get-on-your-feet show that blends classic Latin songs with today’s hits and features an authentic reproduction of Carnival Vista’s Havana Bar. A seven-piece Cuban-inspired band performs songs by Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz and others amid a tropics-inspired backdrop of Cuba and Miami, the latter of which will be the ship’s eventual year-round homeport.

·America Rocks!:, a high-energy show featuring rock anthems by American artists like Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Styx and Kiss. The glow stick-waving audience cheers on a rockin’ house band with sizzling guitars, pulsating drums and a horn section, evoking the feeling of classic rock concerts from bygone days.

The Power of Motion Pictures, a celebration of filmmaking with some of the greatest anthems of all time showcasing songs from popular movies like Footloose, Dirty Dancing and others. The main character of the show, Flick, takes viewers on a magical journey through different genres of film with stunning theatrical illusions and show-stopping cinematic effects.

All three shows feature high-energy after parties in Carnival Vista’s atrium, Havana Bar and other spaces where guests can dance and interact with the stars following the show.

Additional Live Entertainment Options
A roster of popular comedians perform at the 385-seat Punchliner Comedy Club which offers family-friendly and adults-only shows and guests are the stars of Hasbro, The Game Show, which features larger-than-life adaptations of iconic Hasbro games.

New Serenity Nights, Deck Parties and More
At night, the ship’s outdoor adults-only retreat is transformed into a South Beach-style club under the stars complete with spectacular lighting effects and a crowd-pleasing mix of popular music spun by one of Carnival’s professionally-trained DJ’s.

Already known for hosting the best deck parties at sea, the cruise line takes it to another level on Carnival Vista with the Rock-N-Glow 80s Deck Party where participants don day-glo and other attire from the 80s and dance the night away. A new Island Deck Party celebrates the fun and spirit of RedFrog and BlueIguana – the colorful namesake characters of Carnival Vista’s poolside watering holes. In early summer, the Clue murder mystery experience will debut, as well.

Spectacular Outdoor Fun
Carnival Vista takes cruising to new heights – literally – with SkyRide, a first-of-its-kind aerial attraction where adventure seekers pedal hanging recumbent-like cycles at speeds of up to 18 miles an hour across an elevated 800-foot-long track. The ship also features Kaleid-O-Slide, a new inner-tube slide where riders zip down 455 feet of exhilarating corkscrew turns enhanced by music and stunning kaleidoscopic effects.

Posted: May 6th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month with Special Savings

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Onboard Credits and Cabin Upgrades Available on Cruises Booked During May

May 4, 2016 — As we’ve said before here, no other cruise line does as much as Carnival when it comes to how they treat military veterans and the special pricing they offer. As a veteran myself I can tell you I really appreciate Carnival’s efforts in this regard.

In honor of the men and women who serve in the U.S. and Canadian military, Carnival Cruise Line is offering active and retired service members special savings and bonuses during May to mark National Military Appreciation Month.

The promotion, which provides a $50 onboard credit per cabin and a two-category upgrade, can be combined with Carnival’s highly attractive military rates. In addition, guests who qualify for the month-long promotion can book up to two additional staterooms with the same bonuses and pricing. The promotion can be booked throughout the month of May and is applicable for cruises departing between August 2016 and April 2018.

“Carnival has a long-established history of providing special consideration to our military men and women and we are pleased to offer these exclusive benefits during Military Appreciation Month,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “During every Carnival cruise, service members are also honored at a special military appreciation event we kicked off earlier this year in conjunction with our Honor.Family.Fun. program which is raising funds for Operation Homefront.”

In January Carnival launched Honor.Family.Fun. — a year-long initiative in partnership with seven-time GRAMMY Award–winning superstar Carrie Underwood and Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families. The program helps raise funds for Operation Homefront and will culminate in a special private concert for service men and women and their families starring Underwood aboard Carnival’s newest and most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, when the vessel makes its U.S. debut in New York City on Nov. 4, 2016.

During Underwood’s Storyteller Tour, which kicked off in Jacksonville in January, select military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, are being treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood before a number of her concerts. A series of videos showing these heart-warming encounters can be viewed here.

Throughout the yearlong Honor.Family.Fun. initiative, those wishing to support the cause can contribute by clicking on the “Donate Today” button at Commemorative dog tags are available for purchase at merchandise stands at all “Storyteller Tour” concerts and on board Carnival ships, with all proceeds supporting Operation Homefront.

Posted: May 4th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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An Innovation Renovation: Royal Caribbean Revitalizes Six Ships

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May 3, 2016 – By the end of this year, Royal Caribbean will have revitalized six ships in it’s fleet. Liberty, Empress, Jewel, Majesty, Adventure, and Radiance. It is quite an undertaking that involves thousands of hours of work planning, scheduling, production (doing the actual work), inspection, and testing. I’ve been involved in the overhauls of two ships (in the Navy, but the processes are the same), and it never ceases to impress me how so much can be done, done well, and under a challenging deadline.

Take a look at how these ships are transformed, bringing the newest features and innovations of Royal Caribbean aboard, at the below link:

An Innovation Renovation: Royal Caribbean Revitalizes Six Ships

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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VOOM Hi-Speed Internet Now Available on All Royal Caribbean Ships

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VOOM Rivals Wi-Fi on Land and Enables Streaming From All 24 Ships Worldwide

May 2, 2016 –
Beginning today, Royal Caribbean International is making VOOM, its exclusive, high-speed internet service – available fleetwide on its 24 ships. VOOM allows guests to always stay connected and to stream their favorite music, movies and TV shows to stay up to date on the latest happenings. I’ve used VOOM a few times since it’s debut on Quantum Of The Seas and it truly is remarkably fast. You can instantly post to Instagram or Snapchat, or video-chat using FaceTime, Periscope, or Skype.

Through a combination of Wi-Fi service providers, Royal Caribbean says it is able to deliver more overall bandwidth fleetwide than any other cruise line. The enhancements will provide speeds at least twice as fast as before and also have enabled the cruise line to provide service at prices that are less expensive than ever before – comparable to most land-based resorts.

VOOM Internet Is Truly Fast!

Travelers sailing on all Royal Caribbean ships can select from two packages with a flat price:

Surf: provides guests the ability to surf the web, stay in touch via email, and share their vacation photos on social media. Surf packages start at $12.99 per device per day with additional devices added at a discounted cost. Family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as $8.99 per device per day.

Surf and Stream: for guests looking to do more than connect via email or social channels, those who want the capability to stream movies and music from Netflix or Spotify, and to connect using video chat apps such as Skype. This package is available for $17.99 per device per day. Additional devices can be connected at a discount and family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as $11.99 per device per day.

Posted: May 2nd, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Vista Delivered

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Carnival’s Newest, Largest and Most Innovative Ship Set to Debut from Trieste, Italy, May 1

April 28, 2016 –
At a traditional maritime ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista.

The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Trieste, Italy, where it will depart on its maiden voyage May 1, kicking off a summer schedule in Europe that runs through October 2016. Following a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Vista will operate a pair of 11-day cruises from New York in November 2016 then launch year-round Caribbean service from Miami later that month.

Cool looking stern of Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista offers a number of unique features, including a groundbreaking suspended cycling experience called SkyRide (I can’t wait to try it!), the first IMAX Theatre at sea and the RedFrog Pub & Brewery offering three different kinds of beer brewed on board. While all Carnival ships with a RedFrog Pub are very popular, one with it’s own microbrewery is certain to be a huge hit.

Also new is Family Harbor with special family accommodations and a family concierge, along with the tropics-inspired Havana staterooms and suites featuring a dedicated pool area. The ship’s outdoor spaces include a massive WaterWorks aqua park, highlighted by the 455-foot-long Kaleid-o-slide, the longest slide in the fleet.

“Carnival Vista is a spectacular addition to our fleet and we can’t wait for our guests to experience all of the ship’s exciting new features,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Vista will provide our guests an opportunity to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories while offering our valued travel agent partners another exciting vacation option to market to their clients,” she added.

Reservations are currently being accepted for Carnival Vista.

Posted: April 28th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Offering “Ticket To Adventure” Sweepstakes for Harmony Of The Seas

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April 21, 2016 –
Royal Caribbean is offering a new contest to celebrate the debut of the stunning new Harmony Of The Seas. Harmony launches in May with a summer of Mediterranean sailings from Barcelona, Spain.

In celebration of the ship’s European debut, and in anticipation of her U.S. arrival in November, Royal Caribbean kicks-off a multi-faceted consumer promotion, “Ticket to Adventure.” The immersive and interactive sweepstakes encourages consumers to virtually discover and explore Harmony’s features and seven neighborhoods, and enter for their chance to win more than $300,000 worth of prizes that range from a grand prize, seven-night Caribbean cruise for four, to 200 invitation-only getaways, more than 175 GoPro HERO4 cameras, over $40,000 in gift cards, and more.

Starting today and running through November 5, 2016, consumers can simply register for the promotion at\TicketToAdventure, and then the ‘adventure’ begins. Every two weeks, one of Harmony’s seven signature neighborhoods will be unlocked on the site and open the door to interactive content and facts, such as the height of The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, to the number of plants in Central Park – the largest living park at sea – and the variety of cocktails the robot bartenders at Bionic Bar can make. Bonus instant win games are hidden within each neighborhood and extra sweepstakes entries will be awarded to those that share Ticket to Adventure with their friends via email or social media.

Actor and singer Carlos PenaVega gives fans the chance to win a “Ticket to Adventure”.

But that’s not the only way to win. Over the course of the next seven months, Royal Caribbean will infuse a little adventure into some unexpected places and pop culture events, as well as partner with well-known personalities. The first of which is actor and singer Carlos PenaVega, who will give fans the chance to join him onboard Harmony of the Seas during exclusive, invitation-only preview events in Southampton, England. Hot off his starring role as Kenickie in FOX’s GREASE LIVE, PenaVega will hang out with his winning fans as he leads a number of Grease-inspired special activities and attends opening night of Royal Caribbean’s original production of Broadway’s hit musical Grease. Fans can enter for the chance to win by visiting the sweepstakes site between now and May 1 and entering code GREASE.

In addition, Royal Caribbean will deploy a series of code words that can be uncovered on, through Royal Caribbean emails and exclusive Crown & Anchor Society newsletters for loyalty program members, as well as through participating travel agents, or by following Royal Caribbean on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Consumers that find a code can enter it at\TicketToAdventure to be entered into the grand prize drawing and also to unlock chances for instant win prizes.

Posted: April 21st, 2016 under Cruise Ship News, Hot Cruise Deals.
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Carnival Magic Begins Sailing from Port Canaveral with Grand Opening of Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que

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Carnival Magic Joins Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory, and Carnival Sunshine at Port Canaveral

April 20, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line and the Canaveral Port Authority hosted a special event earlier today to celebrate the arrival of the Space Coast’s newest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, and mark the official grand opening of the ship’s new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse designed by Food Network star Guy Fieri.

The invitation-only event was highlighted by the carving of a massive, six-foot-long pulled pork sandwich by officials from Carnival and the port to commemorate the debut of Fieri’s new BBQ venue which was installed during a multi-million-dollar dry dock last month.

The event also included a traditional maritime plaque exchange between Carnival Magic Captain Antonio Marchetti, Carnival’s Vice President of Commercial Port Operations Carlos Torres de Navarra and Captain John Murray, chief executive officer of the Canaveral Port Authority.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Official Opening

Carnival Magic is the newest Carnival ship to sail from Port Canaveral, joining Carnival Victory and Carnival Valor on year-round departures from the Space Coast, as well as the Carnival Sunshine which operates seasonal sailings. Together, these four ships will carry more than 650,000 guests annually from Port Canaveral – more than any other cruise operator. Carnival operates more than 200 three- to eight-day cruises annually from Port Canaveral, providing the widest variety of year-round cruise choices from the Space Coast.

The new Fieri-designed BBQ venue was among the many new features added during an extensive makeover that also incorporated the new cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, the RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery and Guy’s Burger Joint, also designed by Fieri.

Carnival Magic departed this afternoon on its inaugural cruise from Port Canaveral with a three-day voyage to Nassau and will launch year-round seven-day sailings from the Space Coast April 23, 2016. Carnival Magic will offer two distinctly different week-long itineraries from Port Canaveral – 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.

Posted: April 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Royal Caribbean Cancels 7 More Empress Of The Seas Cruses

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April 20, 2016 – In what has become a debacle of a not-so-new ship debut, Royal Caribbean has just announced that seven additional sailings of Empress Of The Seas have been cancelled. This is on top of the first six cruise cancellations, so in all the count now stands at thirteen. Whether that total will rise remains to be seen, but my money is on the company just scrapping the remaining schedule totally and waiting for their Cuba approval to come through.

Royal Caribbean issued the following statement:

“Modernizing Empress of the Seas for her return to the Royal Caribbean International fleet began in late February. As work has progressed, we learned that more significant infrastructure and physical improvements across the ship’s multiple galleys and provisioning areas were needed to meet our high standards.”

“We decided that instead of simply repairing the five galleys, we would completely rebuild them, starting from scratch with entirely new infrastructure and all new equipment, at a cost of $10 million.”

“We sincerely apologize to our guests and travel partners for the inconvenience, and hope they understand that more time was needed to ensure Empress of the Seas meets the standards for quality our guests expect from Royal Caribbean.”

As far as compensation goes, people originally booked on the March 30, April 4, April 7, April 11, April 16, and April 21 cruises who rebooked on one of the now cancelled sailings will receive a full refund and a future cruise credit of 100%.

Those scheduled to sail on the cancelled April 25 or April 30 sailings, who do not rebook, will receive a full refund and a future cruise credit of 50% of the fare paid.

All other guests scheduled to sail on the May 5th – May 23rd sail dates will be provided an unannounced onboard credit if they rebook to another Royal Caribbean sailing. Royal Caribbean has not provided any details about refunding airfares or air rebooking fees.

Posted: April 20th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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Carnival Announces Extended Port Time and New “Cozumel Plus” Excursions

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Includes Swimming with Whale Sharks, Exploring Undersea Caverns, Visits to Centuries-Old Ruins, Including Chichen Itza

April 18, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line has extended the length of time its ships spend in Cozumel, Mexico, on more than 750 voyages.

On “Cozumel Plus” itineraries, guests now have access to a variety of new excursions, many taking place on Mexico’s mainland.

Carnival is kicking off its new Cozumel Plus itineraries with a special promotion offering a $25 per person shipboard credit that can be used toward shore excursions. The shipboard credit offer is available through April 22, 2016, when booking in combination with Carnival’s Early Saver rates.

Carnival Triumph now sails from New Orleans

Designated by a special notation on Carnival’s web site, Cozumel Plus itineraries are operated by 17 different Carnival ships offering more than 750 four- to eight-day cruises from six U.S. homeports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

The additional time in port has enabled Carnival’s shore excursion group to partner with local tour operators to create one-of-a-kind excursion offerings that allow guests to better immerse themselves in Mexican culture and participate in truly unique landside experiences.

Cozumel Plus tours are up to eight hours in duration and include everything from extended, day-long tours visiting ancient Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza – one of the Seven Wonders of the World dating back to 750 A.D. – to snorkeling at Xel-Ha, a spectacular group of lagoons connected by a series of bridges.

On other excursions, guests can explore Mexico’s famed “secret river,” subterranean caverns connected by underground waterways with stunning natural rock formations that are millions of years old or participate in a seasonal excursion of swimming in open waters with whale sharks – gentle sea creatures measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing up to 47,000 pounds.

Posted: April 18th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News, Hot Cruise Deals.
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Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Named Godmother of ms Koningsdam

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12th Holland America Line ship to be christened by a member of the Dutch Royal Family

April 18, 2016 — Holland America Line’s tradition will continue when Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands christens Holland America Line’s new Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam, in a ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 20, 2016, on board the ship. The 2,650-guest ship is the first in a new class of vessel for the line.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 Holland America Line ships. Most recently, then-Princess Máxima christened ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010 and then-Queen Beatrix served as ms Eurodam’s godmother in 2008. Statendam III in 1929 was launched by Prince Hendrik and Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina. Then-Princess Beatrix named Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1960. Rotterdam V was launched in 1958 by Queen Juliana. Princess Margriet dedicated Prinsendam in 1972, Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1983, ms Rotterdam VI in 1997 and ms Oosterdam in 2003.

ms Koningsdam

“We are incredibly honored that Her Majesty Queen Máxima will carry on the tradition of Dutch Royalty christening Holland America Line ships, which began 87 years ago,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We chose Rotterdam as the location for the official ceremony because of the deep historic connection between Holland America Line, the city and the people of the Netherlands. May 20 will be a very special day in our company’s 143-year history as we officially dedicate ms Koningsdam.”

The official ceremony will take place in Rotterdam onboard the ship during a special 13-day Christening Cruise departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, May 9. Following that voyage Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing from the port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.

Following its Europe season, Koningsdam will sail to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for winter and spring Caribbean cruises.

Posted: April 18th, 2016 under Cruise Ship News.
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