Carnival Mardi Gras: Is Aft Excel Suite Worth The Price?

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When Carnival Cruise Line introduced Mardi Gras, it rolled out several new stateroom categories, including the Excel Suites. Among the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous of them are the aft corner suites with wraparound balconies. They ain’t cheap… but the real question is whether they’re worth the high price tag. Having just spent a week in one, […]

Review: Does Carnival Mardi Gras Live Up to the Hype?

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Long before Carnival Mardi Gras launched, it was receiving a near-deafening amount of buzz. The mainstream media focused on the ship’s roller coaster (with an occasional mention of this being the first cruise ship in North America fueled by liquefied natural gas). But among cruise lovers and watchers, the words most often used were “game-changer,” […]

Photo Tour: Carnival Freedom

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Carnival Freedom is the final cruise ship built in the Conquest-class. In early 2019, the ship underwent a two-week dry dock to get some new features added. Building on the 2014 dry dock where the vessel received Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements, the ship recently received a new WaterWorks waterpark, Bonsai Sushi Express, a rebranded Carnival […]

Video: Carnival Sunshine Starting to Take Shape

It’s about a little over a month since Carnival Destiny entered a shipyard in Italy to undergo a $155-million renovation, transforming her to Carnival Sunshine. Fast forward to April, things are really starting to take shape. The drydock process includes over 3,000 employees working round-the-clock. This week’s video features a lot of the public areas […]

Carnival Celebrates New Terminal in a United Way

In a celebration commemorating the opening of Carnival’s new Terminal 6 in Port Carnival Thursday night, Carnival made a $10,000 donation to the United Way of Brevard County and provided a seven-night cruise for two on Carnival Dream to one of the event attendees. Just one of the ongoing commitments to community involvement from the […]

Former Costa CEO Heads Up Asia Operation for Carnival Corp.

It was announced today that the former CEO of Costa Cruises, Pier Foschi, is taking the position overseeing the Asian market for Carnival Corp. Currently the Asia operations includes two Costa ships in China and Singapore, along with Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess in Japan next spring. “With Asia such an important part of our global […]

Port Officials Say ‘New Orleans is Open for Business’

Not even Hurricane Isaac could keep New Orleans down. Port officials are reporting  minimal damage to the area and port operations should be getting back to normal in no time. “New Orleans is open for business and there are no impediments to reach our cruise terminals,” said Gary LaGrange, Port President and CEO. “Most of […]

Everything You Need to Know About Planning a European Cruise

The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit industries since the economy took a plunge. While almost everyone enjoys taking a vacation, many do not have the budget to go on one. Fortunately, there are options available that fulfill all the requirements of a wonderful vacation while keeping things relatively simple and even affordable. […]

Cruise ship trackers gets thumbs up

By Stephanie Lee of Host Agency Reviews. So many cruise ships out there, so hard to keep track of.  There a lot of cruise ship tracker websites but one we found today we wanted to share, we especially like because it’s in real-time.  I’ve been using the airline real-time tracking sites for a while, it’s […]

Try River Cruising Without Leaving The Comfort Of Your Ocean Cruise Ship

Making the leap (or not) to river cruising is sometimes a tough decision for those accustomed to ocean cruising.  Familiar and comfortable with large ocean ships, giving river cruising a try opens up a whole lot of questions about what it is like.  Lucky for us, large cruise ships offer an opportunity to sample a […]