Carnival Magic visits the Conch Republic (aka Key West)

Key West – It might have been the shortest naval battle in history. “We declared war on the United States and threw stale Cuban bread at a Navy officer,” guide Robert said. “It lasted for about a minute. Then we surrendered and asked for $1 billion in foreign aid to rebuild. We’re still waiting for that $1 billion.” When the Carnival Magic docked for the day in Key West, many of us climbed aboard a Conch Train …

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Whimsical sculptures a popular photo stop for Key West cruise

KEY WEST – The gigantic man and woman seem to be twirling to some unseen music. Located in front of Key West’s Customs House Art and History Museum, the sculpture is a work of art to some, a travesty to others. But it is undeniably one of the most photographed sights in this colorful Florida community. I’m sure not the only person standing here with my camera clicking away to capture the dancing image. And there are …

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Six-toed Hemingway cats an intriguing part of Key West

KEY WEST – Rita Hayworth lounges on a bed. Tony Bennett curls up on a chair. Harry Truman suns himself on the front porch. Howard Hughes snoozes by a bench. And Dorian Gray hangs out somewhere around the bushes. These cats are free to go wherever their want in the Hemingway House because it is their home. They are special cats and as many people probably come to see them as come to view the Key West …

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White House Oranments are a collectable passengers buy when stopping in Key West

KEY WEST – Now her Christmas tree is complete, the woman at the Harry S. Truman Little White House told me. “I’ve been buying these ornaments every year for the past 10 years,” Katherine Mitchell said, paying for her purchase. “When I heard that our cruise ship was stopping here, I knew that I could get my 2013 White House ornament in Key West.” When the Carnival Magic made her first stop on our cruise to the …

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Cloud 9 Spa aboard the Carnival Magic

After braving a snow and ice storm to catch a plane from Indy to Galveston, I was ready for some warmth and relaxation. And I knew exactly the place – the Carnival Magic’s Cloud 9 Spa. Shipboard spas have long been a popular part of the sailing experience, the spa attendant said, leading me on a tour of the facilities shortly after embarkation. “People live with so much stress in today’s world,” she said. “When they come …

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Carnival Sunshine sails on inaugural voyage from New Orleans today; six day cruise kicks off winter schedule from Big Easy

The totally transformed 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine – the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans — will sail this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from the Big Easy, embarking on a six-day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Earlier this year, Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover that added a variety of innovations that are part of Carnival’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative, along with several features unique to …

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Carnival Corporation & Plc And The Miami Heat Pledge To Donate At Least $1 Million for Philippines Typhoon Relief Efforts

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) and the Miami HEAT today announced that Carnival Corporation & plc, its 10 cruise brands and the Carnival Foundation will team up with the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami HEAT in making a pledge to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Miami HEAT owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc. “All of …

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Carnival Cruise Lines to raise $8 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On this beautiful day at sea, Melissa Mixan is getting some exercise by walking the sports deck of the Carnival Breeze. Melissa is also helping raise money for a very worthy cause – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a school nurse, the woman from Jefferson City, Montana, says she knows how important the work of St. Jude is and she is pleased to support it. “I didn’t know until I came on the ship that Carnival …

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Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrates the Introduction of Two Year-Round Ships From New Orleans With Ceremony on November 14

Event Highlighted by $25,000 charitable donation from Carnival to Café Reconcile Organization To celebrate the launch of two year-round cruise ships from New Orleans, Carnival Cruise Lines held a special VIP ceremony earlier today aboard the Carnival Elation at the Port of New Orleans.   During the event, the line made a $25,000 donation to Reconcile New Orleans, which operates Café Reconcile as part of a job-training program that prepares adolescents for hospitality industry careers through training and …

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