Carnival Kicks Off 50th Birthday With Series of Special Cruises

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To kick of its year-long 50th birthday celebration, Carnival Cruise Line has announced new details on its “Sailabrations” cruises that will begin later this week and run through March 10.

Before stepping on the ship, guests will be welcomed into Carnival’s terminals with fun music, signage, and décor to celebrate its big birthday. Upon embarkation, each voyage will begin with a 50th Birthday Bash Sailaway Party where guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Carnival gear (vintage or current), as Playlist Productions cast members join the Cruise Director, Fun Squad, and DJs to rock to festive tunes.

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Other unique entertainment will include Carnival-themed puzzles, 1972 fun-fact trivia with 50th birthday medallions, a Build-a-Bear Birthday Party featuring the debut of a special-edition bear, and a Rollin’ in Riches casino event.

The sailings will also include the debut of specially-designed merchandise in the onboard retail shops.

The 17 themed Sailabrations will also feature ship meetups, which include:

  • March 5: Carnival Radiance and Miracle (outside Ensenada, Mexico)
  • March 7: Carnival Breeze, Ecstasy, Glory, Pride, Sunrise, Vista, and Mardi Gras (between Cozumel and Costa Maya)
  • March 9: Carnival Conquest, Spirit, Freedom, Legend, Liberty, and Sunshine (between Eleuthera and Nassau in the Bahamas)
  • March 11: Carnival Miracle and Panorama (outside Ensenada, Mexico)

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These special sailings will also feature a special commemorative dining menu for one night, which features some of Carnival’s most popular dishes from the past 50 years.

As well, a selection of all-new, birthday-themed beverages will debut on these cruises, including a Birthday Bellini at Seaday Brunch, a special Carnival Birthday Beer from Carnival’s own brewmasters that will be both canned and on tap, and Carnival’s 50th Birthday Tini.

(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

And where there’s dining on Carnival, entertainment is sure to be close by. Passengers will be able to witness Carnival’s original main dining room show, set to Bob Marley’s classic “Could You Be Loved,” as well as a Baked Alaska Farewell Parade (except on Carnival Ecstasy) on the final evening — reminiscent of the line’s earlier days.

(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

“We only turn 50 once, so we had to go big, and what’s bigger than a year-long birthday celebration that begins with our special Sailabrations cruises,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “From the minute our guests walk into our terminals, they’ll know they are at the biggest and best birthday party ever.”

Carnival Miracle will be the first Sailabration cruise to set sail when it departs Long Beach, California on February 20 on a Carnival Journeys cruise to Hawaii. Most other Sailabrations will depart the week of March 5.

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