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Carnival Cruise Resumes San Juan Sailings

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Carnival Cruise Line announced today that Carnival Fascination will resume sailing revised itineraries from San Juan, Puerto Rico starting October 15, 2017.

The Revised San Juan Itineraries

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  • October 15 through November 5
    Departing on a 7 day cruise to Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts.
  • November 12
    Departing on a 7 day cruise to Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts.
  • November 19 through November 26
    Departing on a 7 day cruise to Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts.

“We continue to evaluate our ability to return to St. Thomas and St. Maarten and will provide further updates to our guests scheduled to sail on December sailings and beyond once more information available,” John Heald posted on Facebook.

San Juan, Puerto Rico was hit dead on by Hurricane Maria in late September which caused the island’s power grid to go down and millions of dollars in island-wide damage. Many resorts on the island remain closed.

Carnival Fascination sails year-round from San Juan.

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Carnival $49 Early Saver Deposits Return

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Carnival Cruise Line is having a 48 hour Early Saver sale on sailings through April 2020. The sale will last until midnight Thursday, February 22, 2018. Deposits start at $49 and go up to $199 if you’re planning an Alaska or Europe cruise.

Carnival’s Price Protection Guarantee is also in place during this sale, which covers you if the cruise price drops.

Deposits Start at $49 

  • $49 per person deposit is applicable to 2 – 9 day sailings
  • $149 per person deposit is applicable to Vista and Horizon sailings
  • $199 per person is applicable to 10+ days, Alaska and Europe sailings
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Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses.

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  • Book by Thursday, January 22
  • Early Saver rates include free room upgrades, $50 onboard credit, plus Free Price Protection
  • Deposits are non-refundable

Sailings available on most ships through April 2020, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Vista, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Victory, Carnival Elation and more.

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Details Released on Carnival Horizon’s Stage Shows

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Carnival Cruise Line has announced details on the Playlist Productions shows for their newest upcoming ship Carnival Horizon. They’re partnered with leading creative directors from Broadway, Los Angeles, and London’s West End to create three brand new shows.

The new productions make maximum use of the ship’s interactive LED screens while showcasing the performers’ talents to deliver high-caliber entertainment. The three new shows are called Soulbound, Celestial Strings, and Vintage Pop and will debut when the ship enters service this April. A fourth show, Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance, has been brought to the ship as well following its debut on Carnival Vista last year.

New Show Details

Soulbound: Hosted by Horizon‘s own “soul catcher,” this fun, high-energy show offers a gothic-inspired journey through New Orleans with stops at recognizable Crescent City landmarks like a haunted paddlewheel ship, an apothecary shop, and cemetery with levitating chairs and other spooky illusions. Spirits are playfully captured and brought back to life through special effects while cast members belt out R&B favorites like Superstitious, Soul Man, and Born Under a Bad Sign.

Celestial Strings: Billed as a “breathtaking performance beyond your wildest dreams,” Celestial Strings merges the beauty of classical music with modern pop beats that take place in an enchanting garden that transforms from season to season. Visual imagery, 3D cast interactions, and aroma-infused sets bring the garden to life. Celestial Strings is the first Playlist Productions show to feature a live string trio, and is a multi-sensory symphony for guests to enjoy.

Scene from a shoreside dress rehearsal of Celestial Strings – photo: Carnival

Vintage Pop: Taking viewers back to the Great Gatsby and Cotton Club era with contemporary songs like That’s What I Like, Work, and All About That Bass transformed into classic jazz interpretations, this show features a toe-tapping six-piece live band performing in a modern-day speakeasy. Highlighted by  show-stopping burlesque number, Vintage Pop ends with a rollicking afterparty in the atrium where passengers can dance and interact with the flapper and zoot suit-outfitted cast members.

Amor Cubano: This exciting show blends classic Latin songs with today’s hits, and features a reproduction of Carnival Horizon‘s sizzling Havana Bar. The show is highlighted by a seven-piece Cuban-inspired band that performs songs by Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, and others amid a tropical backdrop of Cuba and Miami, the latter of which will eventually be the ship’s year-round homeport.

Other Entertainment Offerings

Other entertainment around the ship will include comedy shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club, Hasbro, The Game Show with live adaptations of popular Hasbro games, and an IMAX theater with first-run movies and family favorites. The ship will also have a Thrill Theater onboard, which is a multi-sensory experience and part of the Carnival Multiplex.

At night, the adults-only Serenity retreat will be transformed into a South Beach-style club under the stars with lighting effects and a mix of popular music. Live bands along the promenade, solo artists in the new Smokehouse Brewhouse BBQ restaurant, and the line’s legendary deck parties will also be offered.

Carnival Horizon will debut on April 2, 2018 with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, the first of four round-trip cruises from that port. After that she will reposition to New York City on a 14-day transatlantic crossing. Following her summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Horizon will shift to Miami for a year-round schedule of six and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning on September 22, 2018. The ship will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 – 22.

For more information on Carnival Horizon, click here.

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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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