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Carnival Liberty Trip Report: Day 2 – Nassau, Bahamas



I probably should’ve mentioned this yesterday, but better late than never. At the end of December I was trying on clothes for a ski trip and nothing fit! So on January 2, I embarked on a diet and since then I’ve lost 27 pounds. So I’m trying to eat better because I didn’t want to gain weight back during the cruise. My pre-cruise weight was 191 pounds, down from 218 pounds.

This morning I spent a little time in the gym but noticed the weather was amazing, so quickly took it outside to walk the track for a few laps. I forgot my sunglasses so after a few times around it was time to go right to the main dining room for breakfast. I went with a ham and cheese omelet and turkey bacon. We finished breakfast just in time because as we were walking out of the main dining room, we had the Atlantis Resort in sight. So I quickly ran to the bow of the ship on deck six to take some photos. Until the no sunglasses issue happened. Turns out when the sun is beaming down on an all-white ship, it is worse than being on the jogging track!

When we docked in Nassau, the gangway was opened at 10 am and we were allowed to get off the ship. We were in port with Disney Wonder, Norwegian Escape, Carnival Sensation, and MSC Divina. It was a full house. Nassau has always been the same for me in regards to something to do. I’d always take a water taxi to the Atlantis Resort and walk around or bar hop.

Before the cruise I decided I didn’t want to do either and began looking for alternate options. After searching through what seemed like dozens of tours, I went with an all-inclusive day pass at Breezes Bahamas for $80. After spending five hours at the resort, we hopped in a cab back to the ship. Tim McGraw was performing at 8 pm and we had a 6 pm dinner, so we wanted to give ourselves plenty of time.

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The Carnival LIVE experience was phenomenal. I got a kick out of the people who were waiting in line for 10 hours before the doors open. Dedicated fans! Once the doors open, they let everyone with a ticket inside the theater and everyone bum rushed the front, totally forgetting about the side seats of the theater. I was in the back of the line and still got fourth row. This isn’t an arena, so there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. You can read my full Carnival LIVE review of the Tim McGraw concert here.

After the 90 minute Tim McGraw concert, we went to catch a comedian at the Punchliner Comedy Club. There were two comedians on our sailing: Killer Beaz and Michael Macy. Both guys were really funny. Killer Beaz is a southern comedian that relies on a lot of southern antics while Michael Macy was more of an observational comedian, picking on people in the crowd. They were both really funny.

One thing about the comedy club – it’s located on deck five aft, and you need to get there early. It is set up with a lot of couches, tables, and a long bar in the back, but fills up really fast. In fact, if you’re planning on catching back-to-back shows, you may want to stay in the theater and grab a drink from the bar.

Comedian Killer Beaz and myself after his 18+ show.

I ordered room service after the comedy show and went with a pay item on the menu. It was a quesadilla for $5. Not sure I’d pay for that again, but wanted to try it out. The room service was pretty prompt on the ship; they were there within 20 minutes. On Carnival Vista last year, it took almost an hour.

Lights out. Tomorrow is a Fun Day at Sea.

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Carnival Raises Faster to the Fun Price



The good news: When sailing on most Carnival Cruise Line ships, you can still purchase the Faster To The Fun package. The bad news? On many of those ships, taking the happiness highway’s express lane is gonna cost you a little extra.

How Much Faster To The Fun Went Up

Carnival quietly boosted the price earlier this week, although news of the change spread quickly across social media. Some proclaimed that they didn’t mind paying the extra fee for the program — which offers numerous benefits, including priority embarkation — while others thought there were better ways in which they could spend the money.

So how much did the price go up? Previously, the cost — which is per cabin, not per person — ran between $49,95 to $79.95, depending on the ship and the length of the sailing. The price has now gone up to between $69.95 and $99.95.

The Breakdown


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  • The program will cost $69.95 on 5-day sailings, except on the Sensation, where the price is $59.95.
  • For 4-day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista is $69.95.
  • For 6- and 7-day sailings, Faster To The Fun will cost $89.95.
  • On sailings lasting 8 days or longer, the package will now cost $99.95.

When Carnival first rolled Faster to the Fun out in 2012, it was $49.95 per stateroom across the fleet. In 2016, the line switched to the tiered pricing system which remains in effect to this day.

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What does Faster to the Fun include? 

A limited number of Faster To The Fun passes are sold, which is one of the reasons many believe it to be worth the price, as it allows for faster boarding thanks to separate security screening lanes and an express boarding lane upon embarkation. Those who purchase FTTF also have immediate access to their staterooms, which generally are not available immediately upon boarding. The perk also includes priority luggage handling, access to priority tendering in ports where applicable, a choice of disembarkation times and priority dinner-time assignments.

Do you generally purchase Faster To The Fun? Will the change in price impact your decision to do so in the future? 

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Queen Latifah Named Carnival Horizon’s Godmother



The newest ship to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet also just became the coolest with the news that Queen Latifah has been named the Carnival Horizon’s godmother.

When The Queen Will Reign

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Beloved by millions, the actress/singer/author/businesswoman said it was “an honor” to be selected, especially given the line’s longtime association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.”

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said that “with her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to Choose Fun in everything she does. Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed on and won Lip Sync Battle made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother on our newest ship.”

READ MORE: Sneak Peek At The Carnival Horizon [Photos]

Latifah will officially assume her duties at the naming ceremony, which is set to take place during an invitation-only overnight gala being held on the Carnival Horizon in New York City on Wednesday, May 23. During the ceremony, St. Jude will be presented with a check representing funds raised at various Carnival events, both on ships and on shore. The atrium-grounding Dreamescape funnel will also feature artwork created by dozens of St. Jude patients.

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The gala will also see Latifah taking part in a special event titled Lip Sync Battle: Horizon which will showcase the ship’s authentic reproduction of the hit TV series.

Over the past few years, Latifah has… well, pretty much done it all. She’s won awards from groups as diverse as the Teen Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild, not to mention a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and two NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now runs a production company — Flavor Unit Entertainment — which produces a wide variety of programming.

After The Gala

Following the naming ceremony and Gala on May 23, the Carnival Horizon will spend the summer sailing out of New York City before relocating in September to Miami, where she’ll sail year-round cruises to the Caribbean.

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Carnival to Offer New Cuba Cruises in 2019



Carnival Cruise Line will be offering 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019. The five-day voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in other popular ports.

The voyages complement a series of sailings to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise taking place in 2018 and 2019. Sensation‘s Cuba schedule includes:

  • four 5-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019
  • five 5-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019
  • a 5-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019
  • seven 5-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019

A Cuban taxi driver, piloting a vintage car, pulls up to the El Morro Castle while the Carnival Paradise cruise ship is docked in Havana, Cuba. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

The 2,052-guest Carnival Sensation underwent a massive dry dock last year and a variety of venues were added, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry on Top. Already onboard was a Serenity adults-only area, 24-hour pizza, the WaterWorks aqua park, and the Seuss at Sea program.

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Guests sailing on Carnival’s cruises to Cuba can choose from almost 20 shore excursions that showcase the island’s culture, beauty, and architectural landmarks. There will also be Cuba-themed parties, games, and activities onboard. To learn more, visit

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