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Big Change For The Carnival Sunshine

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One of the most popular ships in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet will get a new home next spring. The line revealed that the Carnival Sunshine will begin sailing out of Charleston, South Carolina in May of 2019, replacing the Carnival Ecstasy, which is currently homeporting there.

“With its convenient location and strong tourism appeal, Charleston is one of our most popular homeports,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Sunshine not only provides guests sailing from Charleston with a newer, larger ship with so much to see and do, but also underscores our commitment to our year-round operations from this port.”

Carnival Sunshine’s Serenity, adults-only area – complete with waterfall — is wildly popular.

Where Carnival Sunshine Will Sail

It’s expected that the Carnival Sunshine — which will sail four- and five-day trips — will ferry around 220,000 passengers from Charleston to the Caribbean during its first year of operation. The four-day cruises will visit Nassau, while five-day trips will also swing by the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay.

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For those looking to do a longer sailing out of Charleston, Carnival Sunshine will also operate an 11-day Carnival Journeys cruise from December 3-14 of 2019. That sailing will call upon St. Thomas, Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay. These longer sailings also feature unique on-board experiences, including an opportunity to sample local cuisine and even a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day!

Other Carnival Repositioning News

With cruising becoming more popular each year, the Carnival Sunshine represents a great “entry-level” ship for first-timers who might be intimidated by larger ships such as the Carnival Vista or upcoming Carnival Horizon. Big enough to offer a plethora of amazing venues — including the Alchemy and Havana bars, JiJi Asian Kitchen, RedFrog Pub and, of course, Guy’s Burger Joint — it’s also intimate enough to be perfect for a romantic getaway.

RedFrog Pub is one of the spots Sunshine fans love!

Meanwhile, the Carnival Ecstasy will move from Charleston to Jacksonville, Florida, where it will also operate four- and five-day cruises beginning in May. The round-robin of repositioning news continues as Carnival Elation, which is currently based in Jacksonville, will shift to Port Canaveral.

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Carnival Fascination Will Be Upgraded in 2018

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It was announced today that the Carnival Fascination will undergo a multi-million dollar dry dock in 2018 that will enhance the ship’s public areas.

The spaces will be added during a two-week dry dock taking place Feb. 4-17, 2018, in Freeport, The Bahamas, prior to the ship resuming its year-round schedule of seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning Feb. 18, 2018.

“We can’t wait for our guests to experience these exciting new features aboard Carnival Fascination when she returns to her year-round homeport of San Juan early next year,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, adding that other Carnival ships began visiting San Juan as a port of call Nov. 30.

The new food and beverage options aboard Carnival Fascination include:

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  • Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
  • RedFrog Rum Bar: a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
  • BlueIguana Cantina: a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar: a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
  • Cherry on Top: The “sweetest spot on board,” Cherry on Top is the gateway to the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun-and-fanciful gifts, just-because novelties, colorful custom apparel and more.
  • Alchemy Bar: a vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy” that’s the go-to spot for guests seeking a unique experience with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails.
  • Bonsai Sushi Express: the success of the full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurants has spawned this casual, convenient yet equally tasty offshoot featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more.

Carnival Fascination is currently being chartered to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.

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Carnival Cruise Line Brings Caribbean Air to NYC Streets

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With winter on the horizon, travelers are starting to think about where they can escape to the warmth during the cold season. To celebrate the Caribbean’s island destinations and promote their newest ship Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line has captured and canned island air from tropical ports, and invited New Yorkers to stop and smell the tropics with a unique experience that took place in Manhattan’s Greeley Square Park.

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Not only were consumers able to sniff the fresh air, but the event also featured a heated tent, a steel drum band, and scents from the islands piped throughout the air (not in the cans) as well. Of course, the canned air vending machine was the focal point, and it also dispensed the chance to win a Carnival cruise. The cans of air were infused with natural scents unique to each destination, and included Wild Banana Orchid from Grand Cayman, Puerto Rican Coffee from San Juan, Sugarcane Rum from St. Kitts, and more. Carnival Cruise Line designed the event after a recent survey found that 95 percent of Americans agree that scent can trigger vacation memories.

In conjunction with the promotion in New York City, Carnival is hosting a sweepstakes nationwide on its social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) through December 16, asking people to share what scent inspires them to vacation using the hashtag #OpenFun for a chance to win a cruise aboard Carnival Horizon.

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Currently under construction in Italy, the vessel will offer the first-ever Dr. Seuss-themed water park, the new Smokehouse Brewhouse by Guy Fieri with craft beers brewed onboard, and the line’s first teppanyaki dining venue. It will also feature the SkyRide which has been a hit aboard Carnival Vista, an IMAX theater, ropes course, and a myriad of stateroom options.

Following her inaugural European season, Carnival Horizon will launch a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean cruises from New York City before repositioning to Miami for year-round six and eight-day Caribbean cruises in September 2018.

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Carnival Horizon Dining Reservations Now Open

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Online reservations for specialty dining options aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s upcoming ship Carnival Horizon are now open via the “Manage my Cruise” tab on Carnival.com.

These venues include:

  • Bonsai Teppanyaki – This venue will introduce the teppanyaki concept to Carnival for the first time. The restaurant will be a true dining experience with a lot of laughs and fun around the flat top grill, in addition to the mouth-watering cuisine.
  • JiJi Asian Kitchen – The colors and design of this restaurant will transport guests to the Far East where they will enjoy exotic and familiar dishes from all across Asia.
  • Cucina del Capitano – Italian-American cuisine is served up family-style here, in a space that is inspired by the line’s Italian captains and officers and their childhood in Italy. We guarantee you will leave Cucina del Capitano very full and happy.
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse – The elegant, cozy steakhouse is the perfect place for enjoying steak, lobster, and rich sides and desserts for a refined evening during the cruise.
  • The Chef’s Table – The Chef’s Table is an experience that every cruiser should take part in at least once during their voyaging careers. The Master Executive Chef will take a select group of guests on a tour through the galley and serve up a multi-course dinner of dishes not found on the ship’s regular dining menus.

Rendering of Bonsai Teppanyaki by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Horizon will also offer the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse offering barbecue favorites and four craft beers brewed right onboard. Note that this venue does not accept reservations. In addition to a great variety of both specialty and complimentary dining choices, the ship will feature innovations that were introduced aboard Carnival Vista, including the SkyRide cycling attraction, the Havana section with a Cuban-themed bar and pool, an IMAX theater, and roomy Family Harbor staterooms with their own lounge.

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Guests must be fully booked to make reservations online. Specific dates and times requested online are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can also be made once onboard. For more information on Carnival Horizonclick here.

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