Aboard Carnival Miracle-Day Two

image courtesy of Gerry Barker

  It’s Day Two, or actually, Day Three (if you count the sailaway), and we are currently navigating the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Central America en route to our first port of call, the walled city of Cartegena, Columbia. This is another day at sea, do Pam and I have had time to explore the ship and get to know our home away from home for the next two weeks. One thing we noted right …

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Aboard Carnival Miracle-Day One

Image courtesy of Gerry Barker

  It’s Day One of our 13-day cruise. We are bound for the Panama Canal, then on to our final destination, Long Beach, California, where Miracle will reposition for cruises to the Mexican Riviera, among others. This was our first time to embark from Tampa, which means we have now cruised from all four major ports in Florida. It was a homecoming of sorts as well, since it was a job opportunity that brought us to Tampa, …

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Carnival Studios Event

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  Two years ago, Carnival debuted Carnival Studios, a massive, 44,500-square-foot facility in Davie, Florida, where the cruise line has centralized planning, production, training and development for all the shows aboard their fleet. Its 21 studios accommodate everything from 3-piece string musicians to full-blown Broadway productions. This week, media was invited on an extended tour to see first-hand how it all comes together, including a preview of the new Playlist production that will debut on Carnival Panorama …

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DAY 4: Sunrise Heads Back to New York

image from Judi Cuervo

  Bermuda was certainly the charm, weather-wise. We wake today to gray skies but by 10:30 a.m., the pool deck is humming. Even the swimming pool is filled with children happily splashing and, no doubt, more than a few are soaring down the twisting labyrinth of blue and yellow waterslides that snake over the deck. Many of these kids, no doubt, just had breakfast with a film star! This morning the lower level of The Radiance Restaurant …

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DAY 3: Land Ho!: Carnival Sunrise Arrives in Bermuda

image courtesy of Judi Cuervo

  The song says “Bermuda is another world” and the world we sail into shortly after dawn is a bright, warm and sunny one with sapphire blue waters glinting back at us and pastel-colored homes dotting the landscape. Like most ships, Carnival Sunrise is sailing into King’s Wharf (Dockyard), the port that replaced the shallow-watered capitol of Hamilton  once megaships made their debut more than a decade ago.  While smaller vessels may still dock at the busy …

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DAY 2 Carnival Sunrise: A “Fun Day” At Sea

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  As a chronically early riser, I find a quiet–eerily silent–Sunrise at about 6:00 a.m. as I make my way to deck 9 and its coffee stations.  New York’s gray skies seem to have followed us but in the distance a single ray of sunshine peeps beneath the clouds and pierces the ocean’s surface.  Yes!  There is hope that the swimsuit I packed might actually be used. Slowly, Sunrise begins to come to life and I enter …

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Carnival Corporation’s Cruise Line Brands Resume Regular Sailings to The Bahamas

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  MIAMI (Sept. 13, 2019) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced the company’s cruise brands are returning to The Bahamas and resuming regular guest sailings for the first time since Hurricane Dorian arrived earlier this month. Three Carnival Corporation brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line – are expected to make over 250 sailings to The Bahamas through the end of 2019, helping to support …

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DAY 1 Carnival Sunrise sails from New York to Bermuda: A four-day getaway!

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  I exit my office building, take a right past Radio City Music Hall and continue up to 12th Avenue, dragging my sensible overnight bag behind me.  It’s midday and I’m on my way to lunch…in Bermuda. A four-day cruise doesn’t give a girl much time at its single port of call but it does provide a nice little respite that doesn’t break the bank or require much time off from work. That’s what convinced me to …

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ABOARD CARNIVAL SUNRISE-It’s Day Two, and We are Rocking and Rolling. Literally.

  High winds are whipping up the waves around us. During the night, toiletries toppled in the bath and water spilled from glasses. No surprise they had to close the pool and access to the upper decks for safety reasons. But guests are pretty much taking it all in stride. All the pool loungers are occupied and the bars are doing a brisk business. It will take more than a little wind to slow down the Fun …

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Bam! Emeril Lagasse Spices up Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras with First-Ever Restaurant at Sea

Emeril’s Bistro 1396 to Showcase New Orleans, Creole-Inspired Cuisine MIAMI (March 6, 2019) – Carnival Cruise Line today announced that it has partnered with world-renowned chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse on his first-ever seagoing restaurant aboard Carnival’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, setting sail in summer 2020. Located in the heart of Mardi Gras’ French Quarter zone, Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will showcase the chef’s signature dishes that earned him the reputation as one of New …

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