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Details Released on Carnival Horizon’s Stage Shows



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.

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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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