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Carnival Cruise Ship Chartered By FEMA




In a surprise development, Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday evening that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has chartered the Carnival Fascination for three months beginning October 15th. This of course means that anyone booked on the ship between now and February, when she is expected to return to normal service, will be receiving notification from the cruise line and/or their travel agent that their cruise has been cancelled!

Carnival Fascination Is On A New Mission

“Earlier this week,” the line announced on their website, “we communicated that we were ready to resume our operation from San Juan on Carnival Fascination, with our first cruise departing this Sunday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has since asked us to support the relief and rebuilding effort and Carnival Fascination has been chartered to provide housing for relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

Carnival Fascination

In the days after Hurricane Irma, Fascination was one of the ships to help deliver supplies to stricken areas.

The item went on to say, “This means the ship’s departures from October 15, 2017 through January 28th, 2018, will be cancelled. Carnival Fascination will return to year-round service from San Juan beginning February 18, 2018. We recognize how important vacations are, and we sincerely apologize for the disruption this late change in plans has caused our guests and travel partners. We value your trust in us and hope you understand that this decision was made after careful consideration of the great need to support the recovery efforts in the region.”

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Senior Cruise Director and Brand Ambassador John Heald told his Facebook followers, “I know how much you were looking forward to your cruise vacation and all the fun. This along with the short notice we are giving some of your means I want to apologize, sincerely apologize, for the disappointment we have caused you.”

Heald added that refunds would “be automatically processed” within three weeks and that Carnival had reached out to their airline partners “to request their cooperation in waiving change fees, and will also be working with our guests on non-refundable airline change fees.”

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As to the lateness of the notice, Heald went on to explain that Carnival had sent a team to San Juan last weekend and “decided to confirm sailings on Monday” only to have FEMA reach out soon after. As to the crew, he said that “the captain and senior management are working on informing” them. “Some will be assigned to other ships, many will stay and work here to serve and assist the relief workers, and some will be excited to be offered early vacation before returning to another ship or indeed back here to the Carnival Fascination.”

Heald concluded by hoping that “all of your who have had your cruise cancelled… will use your refund and future cruise credit and book another cruise with us soon. And I hope that your disappointment will be tempered just a bit by the knowledge that Carnival and FEMA will be helping the people of the Caribbean get back on their feet.”

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Big Change For The Carnival Sunshine!



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.

Returning To Grand Turk Cruise Port After The Hurricanes

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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 Cruise Names Third Vista Class Ship



Even as we’re counting down to the April 2018 arrival of Carnival Horizon, the cruise line announced this morning the name of their third Vista-class ship. According to Carnival Cruise Line, the new ship — debuting in 2019 — will be dubbed the Carnival Panorama.

What We Know About Carnival Panorama


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Following on the heels of her sister ships Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, the Carnival Panorama will debut in the fall of 2019. And like the other ships in her class, Panorama will continue to play upon and expand on the notion of connecting passengers to the sea the ships sail upon. As a result, the Carnival Panorama will feature venues offering both indoor and outdoor dining experiences, including Fahrenheit 555 (the line’s signature steakhouse), Bonsai Sushi and relaxing spaces like the Library Bar. She will also offer the thrills of SkyRide, which gives passengers to the opportunity to pedal bikes through the air and might just be the closest thing available to recreating the classic scene from E.T. when Elliot and his pals evaded the bad guys on flying bicycles.

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The Havana section and its tropics-inspired staterooms will also be included, as will the Family Harbor Lounge. “Carnival Panorama is the perfect name to reflect the design inspiration of our Vista-class ships,” said Carnival Cruise Line’s president, Christine Duffy, “providing more venues and opportunities to connect with the sea. Carnival Panorama will offer a wide variety of fun indoor and outdoor experiences along with exciting one-of-a-kind features that will provide our guests with a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories.”

The ship is currently being built at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Italy. Where the ship will ultimately wind up being homeported (and what itineraries she’ll sail) will be announced at a later date.

Carnival Vista, the first in the class, sailed her maiden voyage in May of 2016 and introduced several concepts — including the SkyRide and Havana staterooms — which immediately proved popular with guests.

Will you be booking a sailing on Carnival’s newest ship?

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Clothing Optional Cruisers Book Carnival Sunshine



If you’ve complained in the past that Speedos shouldn’t be allowed poolside, this cruise probably isn’t for you. But if you hate tan lines and haven’t yet made your vacation plans for 2019, you might want to consider joining the folks of Bare Necessities for their Big Nude Boat sailing aboard the Carnival Sunshine!

Cruising Nude On The Carnival Sunshine

The popular group’s 2019 sailing aboard the Carnival Sunshine will depart Port Canaveral on Friday, January 25th and sail to Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Mahogany Bay, and Cozumel before heading back to Florida.

The Carnival Sunshine will host the 2019 Big Nude Boat cruise.

Now, before you join the panties-in-a-bunch squad (distant cousins to the nickle-and-dime squad), it’s important to know that nudists aren’t swingers. In fact, there are very strict rules about what is — and what is not — allowed. Orgies in the hot tub? Not allowed. Clothing in the restaurants? Required at all times. And guests are asked to sit on towels whenever nude in any public space. And yes, Bare Necessities — whose cheeky slogan for the sailings is “See You In Bare-adise — charters the entire ship for their annual cruises. Also, all guests must be 21 years old or above.

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So why cruise nude? Nancy Tiemann, president of Bare Necessities Tour & Travel, offers an explanation on the organization’s site. “It has been my experience that people who are able to leave their clothing behind in a social setting,” she writes, “are also more able to check their egos at the door and be themselves, as they really are, rather than who they think others would like them to be.”

Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private island, will be the group’s “bare-adise.”

Think it’s too early to book a cruise for 2019? Think again, as the Bare Necessities trips are incredibly popular, with many of the most popular rooms — meaning both the cheapest and most expensive — being booked quickly. That said, there are still some spaces available on their 2018 trip, which will take place on the Carnival Victory. That sailing will sail from Miami to Half Moon Cay, Amber Cove, Curacao, Bonaire and Aruba before returning to Miami on February 12th.

Would you consider going on a “nude cruise?” 


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