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Carnival Cruise Line Changes Future Cruise Program



Carnival Cruise Line wants its passengers to do two things: Have a great time and, as a result, make plans to come back for more. That’s why they offer incentives to people on current cruises if they book their next one before disembarking.

But this week, word began to spread of a few major changes that have been made by Carnival to their Future Cruise Vacation plan… and it’s not going over well with some folks.

Future Cruise Program Changes

What’s Changing?

First, the good news: cruisers will still be able to book a future cruise either while on board or within two weeks of their return to shore, and they’ll be able to do so via the Carnival HUB app, an on-board Loyalty and Cruise Rep or a travel agent. In the past, guests could only book through the on-board reps. 

At the time of booking, cruisers will be able to take advantage of reduced deposits and a two-category upgrade in combination with Early Saver rates which feature price protection.

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Bookings Are Non-Refundable

That said, because bookings will be of the non-refundable variety, passengers who opt to change their sail date will lose the on-board credit. That credit will also be forfeited if the price drops and you opt to rebook, which was not true previously. And while in the past the amount of the credit offered varied depending on the length of cruise, it will now be a flat rate of $25 per person (up to $50 per cabin) across the board with the exception of suites, which will receive a $50 per person credit (up to $100 per cabin).

Travel agents will still be able to book their clients into a group booking with this offer, however the previously available — and wildly popular — Friends & Family vouchers (which allowed folks who might like to travel with you to get the same deal) will no longer be offered.

How Does This Compare?

For comparison, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Cruise Next program whereby passengers can buy a “future cruise certificate” for $250 and receive an instant $100 on-board credit. Passengers do not have to book a specific cruise, and have up to four years to apply their purchased certificates. Guests can buy up to four certificates at a time, and they can be transferred to other people.

Carnival, however, remains the only cruise line which allows passengers to take advantage of a Future Cruise Vacation promotion up to two weeks after they disembark.

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Carnival Cruise Line Adds Photo Packages



As much as passengers love having their pictures taken around the ship — especially on formal night! — they’ve always hated how expensive it can be to buy those photographs. This week, Carnival Cruise Line has rolled out photo packages designed to make it at least a little bit cheaper to bring home the images of those special moments.

How Much The Packages Cost

Screenshot via Carnival.

Now available for pre-cruise purchase in the Fun Shops, there are three different packages for cruisers to choose from, all of which offer significant savings over buying individual photos while on board. The packages break down as follows:

  • Pixels: This package offers prints of 5 of your best photographs, plus 1 16” by 20” canvas portrait at a cost of $99.99.
  • Pixels Plus: With this package, you can choose as many of your favorites as you like and have them printed at a cost of $199.99.
  • Pixels Plus Digital: This option offers you all of the prints of your favorite photographs, plus a souvenir USB stick containing high-resolution digital versions of the pictures, and runs $249.99.

Although all three packages must be purchased in advance in order to take advantage of the discount, those picking the Pixels option have until the final sea day of their voyage to pick the five prints they want to have made. Passengers who purchase a package will receive a Pixels gift ticket, which will be left in their stateroom. That ticket can then be taken to the photo gallery for redemption (which must be done within two days of boarding).

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Not All Photos Are Included

There are, of course, exceptions and restrictions, although generally speaking, the packages do include all of the candid and posed shots taken by the ship’s photographers. But photos of people not staying in your stateroom aren’t included, nor are photos of large groups (such as those that might be taken for weddings or other special events) or generic ship images. If your group does a private photo shoot (or wants additional prints), those come at an extra charge. And it’s important to note that once you’ve disembarked, the photos will no longer be available! For full details on the packages, head to the Fun Shops at

Will you purchase a photo package for your next Carnival cruise?

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Carnival Horizon Will Have Live Music in Steakhouse



As the countdown to Carnival Horizon’s spring arrival continues, new details are emerging every day about what passengers can expect on the fleet’s newest ship. This week, it was revealed that Horizon will introduce a new twist to the line’s popular steakhouse.

What Will Be Different

This morning, Carnival’s Brand Ambassador, John Heald, announced on his Facebook page that guests dining at Fahrenheit 555 — aka the line’s branded, for-fee steakhouse —will be treated to live piano music during dinner hours, which typically run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Many people at first wondered if this meant there would be two piano-centric venues onboard Horizon, but as it turns out, deck five’s layout is a bit different on this ship than on her sister ship, the Vista, and it is this small difference actually winds up making the dinnertime entertainment possible: On Vista, the steakhouse is across the hall from the piano bar, while on Horizon, the two are side-by-side. The two venues will be separated by a watertight door which, during the dinner hour, will be opened so that a pianist can play classical music to entertain guests.

Read More: 7 Reasons to Dine in Carnival’s Steakhouse

And no, guests needn’t fear that if they are lingering over a late dinner at the steakhouse, the atmosphere will suddenly turn raucous when the piano bar opens. As Heald explained, “If anyone is still dining in the steakhouse at 10 p.m. or whenever we open the piano bar, we will close the door, the piano bar will open, and the steakhouse is closed off again.”

About Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Carnival Cruise Line recently started revamping the steakhouse menus across the fleet to add items such as pork belly, fresh oysters, crab risotto, prime beef and a new dessert called Table Art where the chef designs your dessert in front of you.

The steakhouse is currently priced at $35 per guest, with the kid’s menu offered at $10.

Do you like the idea of a pianist playing while you enjoy dinner at the steakhouse?

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Carnival Cruise Line Opens Panorama Bookings



If you’re the type of cruiser who looks forward to being among the first to board a new ship, this is your lucky day: Carnival Cruise Line is now accepting bookings for their newest ship, the Carnival Panorama.

What We Know About The New Ship

Although the ship won’t begin sailing until the end of 2019, people are already getting excited…especially since this will be the first new Carnival cruise ship to be based on the West Coast in over two decades! Better still, the Panorama be sailing out of a re-opened and expanded terminal in Long Beach, California. “The West Coast is an important market with vast growth potential,” said the line’s President, Christine Duffy, at an event back in February, adding that they were “very much looking forward to having Carnival Panorama homeported” on the West Coast.

Panorama will be the third Vista-class ship — joining sisters Vista and Horizon — and will continue to expand on the idea of allowing passengers to get as close to the sea as possible. Like her sister ships, Panorama will feature the innovate SkyRide (think of it as riding a bicycle through the clouds) and many restaurants which will offer both indoor and outdoor seating. It will also feature the wildly popular Havana section. And while Carnival promises that Panorama will also feature “innovations unique to” the ship, details about those will be released at a later date.

Where is Carnival Panorama Going? 


But for many cruisers, those details aren’t necessarily important… they want to know two things: Where is the ship sailing, and when can I take her for a spin? And this week, that information finally became available as Carnival released the initial itineraries Panorama will be sailing… even as she’s in the very early stages of construction!

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Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama, currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. Photo via Carnival.

Once the ship arrives in Long Beach, her first voyage will be a one-time-only three-day cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada from December 11 to the 14th (keep in mind, this is in 2019). After that, Panorama will be doing a three-port, seven-day itinerary departing every Saturday. Her first stop will be Cabo San Lucas, followed by Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

As of now, the Mexican Riviera itinerary is the only one listed for the ship, although the possibility of her eventually doing other runs out of Los Angeles are wide open. She could even do an Alaska run, such as the 14-day Carnival Journeys trip offered out of Long Beach on the Carnival Splendor.  Interestingly, Carnival Panorama will go straight from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to Long Beach, making this the first time the cruise line has not offered a transatlantic voyage in years.

The New Long Beach Cruise Terminal 

Long Beach

The newly refurbished Long Beach Cruise Terminal, which the Carnival Panorama will sail out of year-round. Photo via Carnival.

The state-of-the-art terminal was completed in just 10 months and now allows for 100% utilization of the site’s massive geodesic dome. Thanks to the renovations nearly doubling the space to 146,000 square feet, it also now boasts 34 check-in counters and a seating for 1,584 guests. Most importantly, Long Beach is now a two-way terminal, meaning it can operate both embarkation and debarkation at the same time.

“Carnival Panorama promises to be a spectacular addition to our fleet and we’re delighted to provide our guests with an opportunity to be among the first to sail” on her, Duffy said.

Bookings for Carnival Panorama are now open by contacting your travel agent or heading over to


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