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Carnival Issues Major Hurricane Irma Update

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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 Cruise Line Returns to St. Maarten

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Carnival Cruise Line has marked their return to St. Maarten, four months after the island was devastated by hurricanes. Earlier today, Carnival Sunshine was the first in the fleet to return to the nation with a day-long call there.

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The visit is the first of dozens of port calls by Carnival ships to the Caribbean destination in the coming weeks.

Over 3,000 passengers onboard enjoyed a variety of shore excursions, as well as St. Maarten’s world-class beaches and shopping and dining in downtown Philipsburg.

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Carnival Cruise Ship Gets Major Makeover

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It’s not every day that a girl turns 18. But since the Carnival Victory — launched in October of 2000 — is hitting that milestone this year, she’s about to get a very special present in the form of a major makeover. By the time the ship emerges from a scheduled 17-day drydock, she’ll have a whole slew of new features sure to make her popular among those looking to do short cruises out of Miami!

Big Changes For The Carnival Victory

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Popular Guy’s Burger Joint was added during the refit.

Having quietly slipped away for a rejuvenating dry dock visit on January 4th, the Carnival Victory will remain in seclusion until January 21st, when she’ll make her triumphant return to Miami, ready to once again receive guests. (And where better to spend her downtime than in Freeport, Bahamas?) When the Victory returns to service, changes will be made to nearly every aspect of the ship, including the addition of several new venues and even stateroom categories.

So what are the highlights of the Carnival Victory’s refurb? As big fans of Guy’s Burger Joint, we’re going to put the addition of that venue at the top of the list. When you’re hanging out by the pool and want a little something to munch on — but don’t feel like getting dressed to hit the buffet — there’s nothing better than one of these burgers with a side of fries.

In fact, a lot of the Victory‘s improvements can be found poolside, and they are venues which have proved crazy popular on other ships. The RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina and BlueIguana Tequila Bar will all be serving up food and drinks to sunworshippers once the ship returns to service at the end of January.

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But don’t worry… eating al fresco won’t be the only new option available to passengers. The ship will also add a Bonsai Sushi Express, a great grab-and-go option for fresh sushi, sashimi, rolls and more. The ship’s deli is also getting an upgrade, with a whole new look and seven new sandwiches on the menu. And you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Cherry On Top, the perfect place to not only stock up on candies but (if you’re feeling generous) pick up a unique gift for the folks back home.

New Stateroom Categories

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As part of the dry dock, several new stateroom categories will also be added to the Carnival Victory. Among them will be the 260-square-foot Scenic Ocean View cabins and 320-square-foot Scenic Ocean View staterooms. But if you really wanna live a little, check out the Captain’s Suite. This 820-square-foot space includes two full-sized bathrooms, a big living room and an extended balcony.

Once out of dry dock, the Carnival Victory will return to Miami and again sail 3- and 4-day cruises. The three days sailings depart on Friday and call upon Nassau, while the four-day trips go to Key West and Cozumel or Nassau as well as the line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.

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New Carnival Cruise Room Service Menu [PHOTOS]

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Last week, Carnival Cruise Line became the latest cruise line to announce that they would begin charging for late night room service. Explaining that it was an attempt to cut down on food waste, Carnival said they would begin charging for food items delivered between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. while also pointing out that unlike their major competitors, they continue to offer free room service options from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. So what does the newly-revamped menu feature? Read on.

Details On Carnival’s Room Service Menu

Driving home the fact that the new room service menu offers a wide variety of items for a reasonable price, the new menus tout the motto “A Little $ For A Lot Of Yummy.” The daytime menu features both “On The House” items (including salads, sandwiches and desserts) and items carrying an extra charge (including wings, pizza, chicken tenders, fries and a banana split), the most expensive of which is the Spicy Fried Firecracker Shrimp at $6. Drink wise, the daytime menu features free juices, teas and coffees as well as sodas and beers at regular bar prices.

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All items on the late-night menu have a fee attached, including a $2 charge for the various beverages available for free during the daytime.  The late-night menu offers all of the for-fee items available during the day (at the same price), as well as a host of new selections. Among the additions are a Portabella & Veggie bun (priced at $4), a Roast Turkey Wrap ($5), Omlette & French Fries ($5), and a Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Tomato sandwich ($5). There are also several desserts, including a Doughnut Sandwich that runs $3.

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Clearly, the items are priced cheap enough to be attractive while also, by virtue of the fact that they aren’t free, making one think about how much they order. (Translation: After a night of drinking, you might think twice before ordering everything on the menu if you know you’ll have to pay for what you get.) The biggest difference between Carnival’s late-night room service fee and what both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines charge? Carnival is charging by the item, whereas the others go with a flat fee of $7.95 per order.

What do you think of the new items? Will you be less likely to order late-night room service because of the charge? 

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