Carnival Corporation Announces Partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau and Ocean Futures Society to Support Environmental Commitment

  MIAMI (Sept. 23, 2019) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced a new partnership with renowned ocean explorer and life-long environmental advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society, a nonprofit marine conservation and education organization that serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” on the importance of effective environmental and sustainability policy. In addition, Cousteau will provide valuable external expertise on environmental initiatives. “We are all connected to the ocean in …

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CMV Launches FREE Air, Hotel, and Transportation to Port from Key Markets for Christmas and New Year’s Sailings on its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez

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  Fort Lauderdale, FL – (September 2019) – Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) is making the December holidays even sweeter with amazing FREE air, FREE hotel, and FREE transportation to port offers that cruisers simply won’t want to miss!  On its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez Christmas Cruise – Dec 18-29, 2019 – and its New Year Cruise – Dec 29-Jan 9, 2020, CMV is offering FREE round-trip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt …

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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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Victory Cruise Lines Successful Keel Laying Ceremony for New Vessel

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  Victory Cruise Lines is excited to announce a successful Keel Laying Ceremony for the highly anticipated M/V Ocean Victory. Operated by American Queen Steamboat Company, Victory Cruise Lines had a successful inaugural year cruising the Great Lakes and American Borderlands and will bring that same high standard of cruising to British Columbia and Alaska with the M/V Ocean Victory in the spring of 2021. The M/V Ocean Victory is Sunstone Ships’ third next-generation, INFINITY Class Vessel. Marrying …

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Completes Second Humanitarian Cruise Following Hurricane Dorian

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  RIVIERA BEACH, FL. – September 18, 2019 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration arrived back at its home port, the Port of Palm Beach, at 9 a.m. this morning, successfully completing its second round-trip humanitarian sailing since Hurricane Dorian.   The cruise line teamed up with South Florida non-profits the Bahamas Relief Cruise and Mission Resolve to mobilize the ship for a second time, spending nearly two full days distributing humanitarian aid to Grand Bahama Island. …

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DAY 4: Sunrise Heads Back to New York

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  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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Crystal River Cruises Announces New Prague Extended Land Program for 2020

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  MIAMI, September 16, 2019 – Guests sailing on dozens of 2020 voyages aboard Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mahler can extend their luxury Crystal vacations with in-depth exploration of Prague, as Crystal River Cruises unveils its new “Prague Discovery” Extended Land Program for next year. The three-night immersive program is offered pre- and post-cruise from Regensburg on voyages between Regensburg and Budapest and includes luxury accommodations at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the heart of the …

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How to Convert Shipboard Friendships into Longer Ones

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  Accelerated relationships are one of the great benefits of cruise travel. Instead of seeing someone a few minutes a day on the commuter train, you are in close proximity 24/7 for your entire vacation. Broadly speaking, although your fellow passengers may come from several nationalities, they are more similar than different. You’ve met someone and want to keep in touch after the ship docks. How do you do that? What are We Talking About? Romance is …

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

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  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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