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Carnival Issues Major Hurricane Irma Update



With Hurricane Irma continuing to wreck havoc, Carnival Cruise Lines updated passengers Thursday afternoon about changes and cancellations to upcoming cruises.

The Latest Cruises Cancelled By Hurricane Irma

“We continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma,” they said via a release. “Given the storm’s projected path, the following cruises have been cancelled.” They went on to list the September 7th Carnival Liberty sailing out of Port Canaveral, the September 8th sailing of the Carnival Victory out of Miami, the September 9th sailing of the Carnival Splendor out of Port Everglades, the September 9th sailing of the Carnival Ecstasy out of  Charleston and the September 10th sailing of the Carnival Liberty out of Port Canaveral.

A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled on the axed sailings. The statement went on to say, “We remain in constant contact with port officials regarding potential port closures in South and Central Florida. Given the uncertainty of the storm’s impact, we will be shortening the duration of several upcoming cruises. Guests who sail on the shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Guests who wish to cancel due to the modified cruise duration may do so and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount of their cruise fare.”

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Other Impacted Cruises

A number of other cruises set for the next few days are being impacted by Hurricane Irma, including the following:

Carnival Paradise: The September 11 cruise is now scheduled to depart September 12 on a four-day Cozumel voyage.

Carnival Sensation: Departed Thursday as planned, with the stop in Key West cancelled. Instead, guests will have an extended stay in Cozumel.

Carnival Conquest: Originally slated to depart on September 9th, the ship will instead leave Port Everglades on September 12th for a four-day cruise to Cozumel.

Carnival Glory: The September 9th sailing has been postponed to September 12, leaving Miami for a four-day sailing to Cozumel.

Carnival Magic:  Current cruise (Sept. 3-9 from Port Canaveral) will proceed directly to New
Orleans where it will arrive on Saturday, Sept. 9. Guests will be given the opportunity to disembark and make independent arrangements to travel home. Guests also have the option to
remain on board and sail back with us to Port Canaveral, where they will disembark the ship as soon as the Port reopens. The September 9th cruise is now scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on Sept. 13 on a three-day cruise to Nassau.

Carnival Vista: Rather than sailing on September 9th, the ship is now scheduled to depart Miami on September 12th on a 5-day, two-port Western Caribbean voyage to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

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Carnival Freedom: The ship will sail out of Galveston on September 9th on a three-port Western Caribbean cruise visiting Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel.

Carnival Dream: The ship will sail from New Orleans on September 10 on a three-port Western Caribbean cruise to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Carnival Pride: The ship will set sail from Baltimore on September 10th on a cruise to Canada and New England. Itinerary details are expected to be revealed Thursday afternoon. Carnival is allowing guests to cancel and receive a future cruise credit. Those deciding to sail will receive a 25% future cruise credit based on the fare paid for this trip.

Carnival Sensation: The sailing scheduled for September 11 will now depart on September 13th for a three-day cruise to Nassau.

Carnival VictoryThe Sept. 4-8 cruise is returning to Miami early. Guests who want to disembark will have the opportunity to do so on Friday. Guests will also have the option of staying on board and sailing back out to sea with us until the storm passes. The September 8 cruise has been cancelled. The Sept. 11 cruise will now depart on Sept. 12 for a three-day cruise to Nassau.

Carnival Paradise: The ship is set to sail on September 11th as planned, and the itinerary, as of now, remains unchanged.

Carnival Liberty: The September 7 three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral and Sept. 10 four-day cruise have been cancelled.

Carnival Splendor: The five-day eastern Caribbean cruise on Sept. 9 has been cancelled.

Carnival Ecstasy: The six-day Bahamas cruise from Charleston on Sept. 9 has been cancelled.

Carnival Fascination: On Sunday, September 10 the ship will depart San Juan for a cruise to Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, and St. Kitts.

Guests scheduled to cruise on these upcoming trips are encouraged to sign up for text alerts by texting the codes below to CRUISE (278473)

Carnival Conquest: CCL2

Carnival Glory: CCL3

Carnival Magic: CCL4

Carnival Splendor: CCL5

Carnival Vista: CCL6

Carnival Liberty: CCL7

Carnival Victory: For the 9/11 sailing, CCL8

Carnival Sensation: For the 9/7 sailing, CCL9

Carnival Sensation: For the 9/11 sailing, CCL1

Carnival Freedom: CCL12

Carnival Dream: CCL13

Carnival Pride: CCL14

Carnival Fascination: CCL15

Carnival Paradise: For the 9/11 sailing, CCL16

Carnival’s Florida Offices Closing

The release ended by informing passengers that due to Hurricane Irma’s impending arrival, Carnival “has closed its South Florida headquarters… to allow employees as much time as possible to finalize their hurricane preparations. The safety and welfare of our team members is of utmost importance. Our Business Continuity Plan is in full effect, and a wide variety of essential personnel spanning all key areas of the company will be continuing to work remotely and from the company’s hurricane-resistant facility in Miami.”

Updated at 1:45 pm on Saturday, September 9.

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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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