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Carnival Cruise Line Heads to Cuba

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Following the launch of cruises from the US to Cuba aboard Carnival Corporation’s brand Fathom last year, the company’s namesake brand is now getting in on a bit of the action.  Carnival Cruise Line has officially received approval to sail to Cuba, and the capital of Havana will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning this June.

Itineraries

The overnight visits will be included on twelve 4 and 5-day cruises starting with a 4-day on June 29, 2017.  The other four-day cruises will depart July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017, as well as May 3, 2018. These cruises include a day and overnight stop there.  Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, and also include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana, as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.

Guests will be able to choose from a range of shore excursion experiences that showcase Cuba’s culture and beauty, along with the island’s friendly residents and centuries-old architectural landmarks.

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Aboard Carnival Paradise

Aboard the ship, guests will enjoy a variety of amenities and a full schedule of activities and entertainment.  Dining options include two full-service main dining rooms as well as different poolside choices.  There’s also the 12,000 square foot spa and the Serenity adults-only area.

Popular family programming includes the partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises called Seuss at Sea, kid’s clubs, and four swimming pools and a 115-foot water slide.

Fine Print

The visits to Havana comply with US travel regulations to Cuba, and feature approved activities that are defined by the US Department of Commerce.  A passport is required for all cruises that call in Cuba.

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Carnival Fascination Will Be Upgraded in 2018

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It was announced today that the Carnival Fascination will undergo a multi-million dollar dry dock in 2018 that will enhance the ship’s public areas.

The spaces will be added during a two-week dry dock taking place Feb. 4-17, 2018, in Freeport, The Bahamas, prior to the ship resuming its year-round schedule of seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning Feb. 18, 2018.

“We can’t wait for our guests to experience these exciting new features aboard Carnival Fascination when she returns to her year-round homeport of San Juan early next year,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, adding that other Carnival ships began visiting San Juan as a port of call Nov. 30.

The new food and beverage options aboard Carnival Fascination include:

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  • 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.

Carnival Fascination is currently being chartered to FEMA to house relief workers in St. Croix.

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Carnival Cruise Line Brings Caribbean Air to NYC Streets

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With winter on the horizon, travelers are starting to think about where they can escape to the warmth during the cold season. To celebrate the Caribbean’s island destinations and promote their newest ship Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line has captured and canned island air from tropical ports, and invited New Yorkers to stop and smell the tropics with a unique experience that took place in Manhattan’s Greeley Square Park.

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Not only were consumers able to sniff the fresh air, but the event also featured a heated tent, a steel drum band, and scents from the islands piped throughout the air (not in the cans) as well. Of course, the canned air vending machine was the focal point, and it also dispensed the chance to win a Carnival cruise. The cans of air were infused with natural scents unique to each destination, and included Wild Banana Orchid from Grand Cayman, Puerto Rican Coffee from San Juan, Sugarcane Rum from St. Kitts, and more. Carnival Cruise Line designed the event after a recent survey found that 95 percent of Americans agree that scent can trigger vacation memories.

In conjunction with the promotion in New York City, Carnival is hosting a sweepstakes nationwide on its social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) through December 16, asking people to share what scent inspires them to vacation using the hashtag #OpenFun for a chance to win a cruise aboard Carnival Horizon.

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Currently under construction in Italy, the vessel will offer the first-ever Dr. Seuss-themed water park, the new Smokehouse Brewhouse by Guy Fieri with craft beers brewed onboard, and the line’s first teppanyaki dining venue. It will also feature the SkyRide which has been a hit aboard Carnival Vista, an IMAX theater, ropes course, and a myriad of stateroom options.

Following her inaugural European season, Carnival Horizon will launch a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean cruises from New York City before repositioning to Miami for year-round six and eight-day Caribbean cruises in September 2018.

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Carnival Horizon Dining Reservations Now Open

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Online reservations for specialty dining options aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s upcoming ship Carnival Horizon are now open via the “Manage my Cruise” tab on Carnival.com.

These venues include:

  • Bonsai Teppanyaki – This venue will introduce the teppanyaki concept to Carnival for the first time. The restaurant will be a true dining experience with a lot of laughs and fun around the flat top grill, in addition to the mouth-watering cuisine.
  • JiJi Asian Kitchen – The colors and design of this restaurant will transport guests to the Far East where they will enjoy exotic and familiar dishes from all across Asia.
  • Cucina del Capitano – Italian-American cuisine is served up family-style here, in a space that is inspired by the line’s Italian captains and officers and their childhood in Italy. We guarantee you will leave Cucina del Capitano very full and happy.
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse – The elegant, cozy steakhouse is the perfect place for enjoying steak, lobster, and rich sides and desserts for a refined evening during the cruise.
  • The Chef’s Table – The Chef’s Table is an experience that every cruiser should take part in at least once during their voyaging careers. The Master Executive Chef will take a select group of guests on a tour through the galley and serve up a multi-course dinner of dishes not found on the ship’s regular dining menus.

Rendering of Bonsai Teppanyaki by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Horizon will also offer the new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse offering barbecue favorites and four craft beers brewed right onboard. Note that this venue does not accept reservations. In addition to a great variety of both specialty and complimentary dining choices, the ship will feature innovations that were introduced aboard Carnival Vista, including the SkyRide cycling attraction, the Havana section with a Cuban-themed bar and pool, an IMAX theater, and roomy Family Harbor staterooms with their own lounge.

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Guests must be fully booked to make reservations online. Specific dates and times requested online are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can also be made once onboard. For more information on Carnival Horizonclick here.

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