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Carnival Donates $2 Million For Hurricane Relief

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Declaring that the company is “very committed to the Gulf Coast as a vibrant and special part of the North American cruise industry,” Carnival Cruise Line today announced the massive donation they are making to the hurricane relief efforts. “Our commitment will remain as strong as ever during the region’s recovery process.” Better still, they are offering cruisers an opportunity to join them in supporting the region.

Where The Money Will Go

Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Carnival corporation, are each donating $500,000 to Harvey disaster relief efforts. On top of that $1 million donation, corporate chairman Micky Arison and his wife, Madeleine, are matching that commitment with a $1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation. In a statement, the company said that it would be working with various organizations with the goal of maximizing positive impacts on recovery efforts and supporting on-the-ground teams that are distributing emergency supplies.

How Cruisers Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “All of us throughout the Carnival Corporation family feel a responsibility to do our part in supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in a region that we call home, and where so many of our guests and business partners live and work.”

Carnival Cruise Line Guests Can Help

In addition to the above-mentioned donations, Carnival is hoping to generate additional relief funds by offering cruise guests sailing on certain ships the option to make a donation when they check in for their cruise. “We know this storm is still active,” said Duffy, “so we will continue to hold positive thoughts for everyone in the region while exploring ways to support affected communities as they recover and rebuild.”

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Carnival Cruise Ship Returns to Service

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Carnival Cruise Line is back to sailing year-round from San Juan, Puerto Rico as the Carnival Fascination just completed a multi-million dollar dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas.

On its San Juan-based program, Carnival Fascination departs every Sunday on week-long voyages visiting five destinations: St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, each of which is home to world-class beaches, centuries-old historical sites, unique and exciting shoreside experiences and array of shopping and dining opportunities.

Fun Ship Enhancements Received

Guy’s Burger Joint. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines

  • 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.

“We’re delighted that the Carnival Fascination has returned to year-round sailing from San Juan better than ever with a wide range of great new dining, beverage and retail options for our guests to enjoy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line who noted that prior to the dry dock the ship was chartered by FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.

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Sneak Peek of Carnival Horizon [PHOTOS]

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Christmas came early for cruise fans, and Carnival Cruise Line’s Brand Ambassador, John Heald, played Santa when he posted pics to his Facebook page of the upcoming Carnival Horizon. Want a sneak peek of one of 2018’s most highly anticipated ships? Take a look at these photos taken by Hotel Director Pierre Camilleri.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse

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If you’re familiar with Carnival Vista, Magic, or Breeze, the Pig and Anchor Smokehouse, you know exactly why this restaurant is so popular. The latest extension of Carnival’s partnership with celebrity chef Guy Fieri will, on Carnival Horizon, be located on deck 5. And while on other ships it has been an outdoor venue, here it has been moved inside… although there will be plenty of outdoor seating only steps away.

Pig & Anchor — which also has a brewhouse and will essentially replace the RedFrog Pub on this ship — will serve a limited free lunch menu, and then a for-fee dinner menu. (Never fear, there will still be a Guy’s Burger Joint, located up on deck 10!)

Lido Deck Marketplace

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Let’s face it, at some point, you’re going to be visiting the buffet. They could put a thousand different restaurants on the ship, and at some point we’d wind up wandering into the buffet “just to see what they have.” So why not take a look at where we’ll be doing our grazing? The area is shaping up nicely, with brand new chairs, tables, and railings.

Bonsai Sushi and Teppanyaki

Carnival has had great success with the Bonsai Sushi restaurant, so it makes sense that with Horizon, they’ll take things to the next level by adding Teppanyaki, with chefs putting on a show while preparing some delicious food. Looking for a fun night for your family or friends? Gathering around the flat-top grill to watch these chefs do their thing is a guaranteed good time.

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Dr. Seuss WaterWorks Aqua Park

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The waterpark on Carnival Horizon is also coming together nicely. The Cat in the Hat slide will be enclosed and run more than 450 feet. And get those cameras ready, because the entrance to the slide will actually be a giant replica of the iconic red-and-white hat worn by everyone’s favorite trouble-making feline. (The slide itself will also be red and white, so it should be pretty easy to spot!)

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The Fun Things slide is after named after those infamous troublemakers, Thing 1 and Thing 2! An enclosed body slide, this one will distinguish itself with a polka dot-motif and offer 213 feet of slippery fun.

Aft Main Dining Room

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The two-floor main dining room, located on the back of the ship and stretching across decks 3 and 4, is starting to come together. There will also be a second, single-story dining room at the front of the ship on deck 3. Carnival will use one of the dining rooms for traditional dining, and the other for Your Time dining.

JavaBlue Cafe

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The coffee shop located just outside of Ocean Plaza on deck five is starting to come to life with coffee machines, coolers and a seating area. This is where you can get your specialty coffees (with a splash of your favorite liquor, if you so choose), milkshakes and huge slices of cake. (One of the nice things about Carnival’s Cheers! package is that coffees and milkshakes are included!)

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On Carnival Vista, the check-in station for Your Time Dining is just to the right of the coffee bar, so there’s no reason to think it would be different here.

Pixels Photo Gallery

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Just like on sister ship Vista, Horizon will have the Pixels digital photo gallery on deck five. It will feature the facial recognition technology which automatically puts photographs into the portfolio of a passenger, thereby cutting down on the massive waste created by printing out hundreds if not thousands of photos, most of which will not be purchased.

Casino

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If you feel your money burning a hole in your pocket, it’s probably because of these pictures from the under-construction casino… complete with a few slot machines already in place! Like on Vista, this one will feature a smaller version of the lobby’s Dreamscape LED. (Many people have commented that the one in the casino is actually more vibrant because of the darker atmosphere, so it’s definitely worth swinging by to check it out!)

One thing to note is that similar to Vista, Horizon will have an aquarium-like view up to (or down from, depending on your perspective) deck 5. The glass partition keeps the smoke from going directly up to deck five, which is a good thing, given that there are several dining venues (including the steakhouse and Bonsai Sushi/Teppanyaki) are located there.

What do you think of these first images from the Carnival Horizon? Are you excited to sail on the line’s newest ship? 

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Passengers On The “Cruise From Hell” Want Full Refund

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In the wake of 23 passengers being removed from the Carnival Legend for having allegedly taken part in numerous fights, some cruisers are asking that Carnival Cruise Line compensate them for what’s been dubbed as the “cruise from hell.” And while Carnival has offered all of the passengers a 25 percent credit toward a future cruise, many feel that’s simply not enough.

His Proposal Was Interrupted!

The Daily Telegraph reported the story of Michael Barsoum, who’d planned to propose to his girlfriend, Mary, during the 10-day cruise. Instead, his big plans were waylaid by the rampaging family who turned the lives of many passengers upside down. Rather than pop the question, he found himself trying to help innocent people who were being caught up in the wave of violence perpetrated by a disruptive family.

“Women and children were getting pulled into the fights,” Barsoum explained. “I was punched in the face trying to protect my fiance.”

With his big, romantic moment “ruined forever,” he is among those asking for compensation. “I want my money back,” he said. “I want a complete refund.”

Further Details Emerging

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Friday, 23 passengers — most if not all of whom are reportedly members of an extended family — left the ship. Most were forcibly removed, although a few chose to disembark when their family members were removed. Although both Carnival and the police are investigating the incident, no one was charged.

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As late as Sunday evening, new details were still emerging from various sources. Passenger Lisa Bolitho told the Australian Associated Press that in response to repeated complaints about the violent family, “The captain said, ‘What do you want me to do about it… throw them overboard?”

After several skirmishes broke out, including one on the pool deck, the Washington Post reports that “a massive brawl broke out in the ship’s nightclub.” And while it was not clear who provoked the fight, Carnival went on the record to say that the aggressive family group “physically attacked other guests.”

Still other reports claim that security guards brandished broken bottles at the aggressive passengers and tried to prevent others from shooting video of the various incidents. Several videos appear to show security guards taking violent action against passengers. “The actions seen on the video by our security team are not in line with our Carnival values and policies,” a spokeswoman told the Washington Post. “We are conducting a full investigation and will take appropriate corrective action as necessary.”

Should Carnival offer passengers a full refund? 

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