Carnival Cruise Line Creates Own Beer

By Jackie Sheckler Finch He used to live in the forest, soaking up the rain. Now he lives on the Carnival Magic, basking in the sun. That’s the Carnival story about the RedFrog. And they’re sticking to it. In fact, the little tree frog has made himself so at home on the cruise ship that he has his own private label draught beer, custom-brewed specially for Carnival – ThirstyFrog Red. The first pub ever on a Carnival …

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Maroon 5 Rocks Galveston to Welcome Carnival Magic

Story and Photos By Jackie Sheckler Finch GALVESTON, Texas – With the massive Magic cruise ship as a backdrop, the band Maroon 5 rocked Galveston on Sunday to welcome Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and biggest ship to its Texas home port. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the Carnival Magic’s arrival with a Texas-sized performance by Maroon 5, one of the country’s most popular bands,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Line’s president and CEO. Thousands of fans moved like …

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What’s new, what’s not, on the new Carnival Magic…a report from the inaugural voyage

Third of three reports If you cruise on the new Carnival Magic, what you will see is: Carnival’s first Italian restaurant, first Caribbean pub, first draught beer labeled just for Carnival, first ropes course, a host of family deck games, and three flashy production shows. New interior designs make the ship brighter and more cheerful than its sister Carnival Dream (2009). There are more outdoor activities than on Carnival ships past. What you won’t see, says Carnival …

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Challenging the ropes course on the Carnival Magic cruise ship

Second of three reports. Carnival Cruise Lines has introduced the first ropes course on a cruise ship. The 230-foot course on the new Carnival Magic, now cruising in the Mediterranean, is so well planned that anyone of moderate athletic ability will be able to get around. Yet, if you want to tackle the course at a different pace and style, you can get a serious workout. Station by station, I worked my way around the ropes course …

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The new Carnival Magic: Firsts, thirsts and the RedFrog Pub

First of three reports on the new Carnival Magic As the new Carnival Magic cruises in the Mediterranean, you can be pretty sure that for the rest of the summer there will be plenty of Thirsty Frog Red. That’s the new draught beer with a Carnival Cruise Lines label, poured from a keg in Carnival’s first Caribbean pub. The 3,690-passenger Magic debuted earlier this month to heavy applause. The ship offers three flashy production shows; the cruise …

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Carnival Corp. adds 100th ship to its fleet — the Carnival Magic

From USA Today A major milestone in the history of cruising occurred yesterday as industry giant Carnival Corp. took delivery of its 100th ship at sea. The parent company of more than half a dozen lines including Carnival, Princess, Holland America and Cunard welcomed the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic into the Carnival fleet in ceremonies at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy, where the ship was built. Founded in 1972 in Miami by Ted Arison, Carnival Corp. began …

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Okay, we’ve seen the Oasis and the Allure, now comes the next mega-ship: Carnival Magic

There are quite a few new ships coming on this year. Last year, RCL’s new Oasis of the Seas and NCL’s Norwegian Epic stole most of the headlines. This year, expect the new Disney Dream and Carnival’s new Magic to dominate most of the cruise press early in the year. The Dream has already arrived in Port Canaveral. It will be christened on Wednesday and then there will be a short inaugural cruise for the press. I …

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Have a ball and name Carnival Magic’s miniature golf course

As part of its “Make The Magic Yours” campaign, Carnival is continuing to give fans the opportunity to add their personal touches to the Carnival Magic, its newest and most innovative “Fun Ship” which sails May 1. Winning fans have already created witty coaster sayings for the line’s first Caribbean-themed pub at sea, named a delicious dish for its family-style Italian restaurant, and the giant water dump bucket that will provide a splashing good time for kids …

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Carnival is now touting features of the Carnival Magic, both at its own site and through social media

For almost a year before its introduction, NCL touted the features of its new Norwegian Epic. Before that, Royal Caribbean Lines made almost as big a fuss about its new megaship, the Oasis of the Seas. So now it is Carnival’s turn. Here is what they are telling us about their new ship, the Carnival Magic. First, it launched an interactive online home for Carnival Magic (www.carnivalmagic.com) that showcases the ship’s standout features through a full-screen virtual …

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