Heavyweights of the Seas

  I normally arrive a day early for cruise departures, but have made an exception for a cruise out of the Port of Miami. I came three days early this time in order to photograph some representative heavyweights of cruising, megaships of MSC, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival that are currently in port. All are overwhelmingly huge and seeing most of the attractions onboard would require at least a four-day cruise on each. I only have a …

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Carnival Cruise Line prepares for Carnival Paradise to sail to Cuba June 29

By GERRY BARKER June 29. That’s a date that Terry Thornton, Carnival Cruise Line’s Senior VP of Fleet Deployment, has had circled on his calendar for a long time. That’s the day Carnival Paradise departs Tampa for Havana, Cuba, the first of 12 scheduled departures to the Caribbean destination that’s been off-limits to Americans for half a century. “It’s been a long process,” said Thornton, “a learning experience for both the Cuban government and Carnival. Good things …

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Best cruising experiences require pre-trip plan-From $100 lunch in Italy to advice from a Headhunter in Borneo

Travelers booking a cruise typically spend lots of time deciding on a ship, cabin and itinerary, but often wait until boarding day to consider what they will do in various ports along the voyage. Yet planning ahead for port stops may yield one of the highlights of your cruise. Here are some of my favorite cruise moments during 2015. Most were off the ship, involved eating, and were the result of significant planning using the Internet. Nearly …

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Can Baby Boomers and Gen Y Happily Coexist on the Same Cruise Ship?

I recently planned a cruise vacation for my family and myself; my husband and I are Baby Boomers and our four children are Gen Y.  This trip required a great deal of research to please everyone; my children’s wants and needs are very different from ours.  Hope the information we uncovered proves useful for you. Warmest regards, Heidi – Editor-at-Large, AllThingsCruise AllThingsCruise Offers Solutions for Mixing Baby Boomers & Gen Y (aka Echo Boomers, Generation Me and Millennials) …

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Say ‘I Do’ with Carnival’s totally revamped wedding program offering new choices, upgraded amenities and more

Carnival Cruise Lines has totally revamped its popular wedding program – upgrading everything from floral arrangements, decorations and photography to delicious new culinary selections and an even greater variety of romantic on-island ceremonies – allowing couples to make their “big day” even more special and memorable. Available both aboard ship on embarkation day or in tropical ports of call, Carnival’s wedding packages are already immensely popular – with more than 2,600 ceremonies performed each year. Couples can …

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Carnival Cruise Lines announces ‘Carnival Live Concert Series’ bringing the best in live music to the seas, also introducing major enhancements to shipboard house bands

Turn up the volume live music fans! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled a new entertainment offering to bring the best in live music to the seas. A first-of-its-kind experience in the cruise industry, the Carnival LIVE Concert Series offers Carnival guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists while ships are docked at select ports of call. Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series …

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Carnival Cruise Lines partners with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring ‘Seuss at Sea’ to kids and families on Fun Ships

One ship, two ships, it’s Dr. Seuss on cruise ships! Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring the beloved children’s brand and favorite characters to the line’s fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.”  In an industry first, the Carnival Seuss at Sea program will offer a variety of exciting and immersive onboard youth, family, dining and entertainment experiences featuring the amazing world and words of Dr. Seuss. “It is fun to …

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Carnival Cruise Lines announces new American Table and American Feast dinner concepts

Carnival Cruise Lines is launching new dinner concepts for the ships’ main dining rooms that will begin the week of December 8 aboard the Carnival Glory. The two new concepts, American TABLE and American FEAST, reflect an increased investment by Carnival in its main dining room experience and incorporate the results of extensive testing and research conducted among Carnival’s past guests. During the development of the new dinner concepts, the cruise line’s management team spent time interacting …

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Additional design details unveiled for Carnival Sunshine, line’s largest ship transformation project ever

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled additional details of the $155 million makeover that will transform Carnival Destiny into Carnival Sunshine during a 49-day dry dock in Italy. The ship will re-enter service in April 2013 with all of the dining, bar and entertainment elements of the line’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program, along with several exciting new features. Among the new highlights are a new racing-themed water park featuring Carnival’s longest water slide, the tropical-themed …

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A Family’s Report on the Carnival Splendor

I have some friends who just got back from a Carnival cruise: round trip from Los Angeles (7 Day Mexican Riviera). They had never been on a cruise before, so I wanted to get their impressions of the voyage, taken on the Splendor, with their two children, aged 9 and 16. Here’s what they had to say about the offerings on board: My girlfriend’s report on the cabin: “Surprisingly, it was more spacious than I expected. It …

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