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Carnival Sends A Message: "We Will Be Back"

Courtesy of Carnival

Carnival is sending a message to the traveling world: “We Will Be Back.”

The world’s largest cruise company lit up all its North American and Australian vessels on Friday to comfort those affected by the industry-wide pause: travel advisors, the crew, guests, port partners and other communities. 

To illuminate the vessels, shipboard teams reviewed the deck plans and then physically went over to each room to turn on the lights. According to Carnival, no one knew what the final product would look like.  

The task was a little tricky, but fun, says Stefan Christoffersson, Carnival’s vice president of housekeeping who is a member the team that worked on the project. “In the end, it’s very similar to turning on your Christmas tree once you’re done decorating and seeing how it all turned out,” said Cristoffersson in a written statement. 

Carnival says its Miami headquarters coordinated with vessels anchored at sea or docked in ports along the East and West Coasts, Gulf of MexicoSouthern California and Australia to send a message which raises spirits and reminds everyone that cruising creates a lifetime of vacation memories. 

Carnival, like many other cruise lines, is temporarily pausing service from now until April 09 due to coronavirus. Cruisers who planned a vacation within this time frame can choose between several credit and refund options. 

by Benedict Carrizzo

Carnival Corp. Offers Ships As Temporary Hospitals

Carnival Pride

Carnival Corporation has announced that select ships from its cruise brands, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia, will be made available to communities for use as temporary hospitals to help address the escalating impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on healthcare systems around the world.

With the continued spread of COVID-19 expected to exert added pressure on land-based healthcare facilities, including a possible shortage of hospital beds, Carnival Corporation and its brands are calling on governments and health authorities to consider using cruise ships as temporary healthcare facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients, freeing up additional space and expanding capacity in land-based hospitals to treat cases of COVID-19, Carnival Corp. said. As part of the offer, interested parties will be asked to cover only the essential costs of the ship's operations while in port.

Governments or health authorities with interest can contact Monica Puello by email at  or by phone at (305) 406-8656.

Carnival Corp. said that, if needed, cruise ships are capable of being quickly provisioned to serve as hospitals with up to 1,000 hospital rooms that can treat patients suffering from less critical, non-COVID-19 conditions. These temporary cruise ship hospital rooms can be quickly converted to install and connect remote patient monitoring devices over the ship’s high-speed network – providing cardiac, respiratory, oxygen saturation and video monitoring capabilities. The rooms also have bathroom facilities, private balconies with access to sun and fresh air, as well as isolation capabilities, as needed.

Additionally, cruise ships being used as temporary hospital facilities to treat non-COVID-19 patients would have the ability to provide up to seven intensive care units (ICUs) in the ship’s medical center equipped with central cardiac monitoring, ventilators and other key medical devices and capabilities. Similar to land-based health facilities, cruise ships can also house multiple medical functions in disparate locations by using different decks on the ship to separate each required medical area.

The temporary hospital cruise ships would be berthed at a pier near the community in need and operated by the ship’s crew, with all maritime operations, food and beverage, and cleaning services provided by crew members on the ship. Medical services would be provided by the government entity or hospital responsible for fighting the spread of COVID-19 within that community.

by Adam Leposa

Policy updates regarding Coronavirus


March 6, 2020

Dear Carnival Guest:

We continue to implement increased monitoring, screening and sanitation protocols to protect the health of our guests, crew and the residents of the destinations we serve. Our measures are designed to be flexible to adapt to changing conditions and recommended best practices. For your reference, you can read our Travel Health Advisory on

Nevertheless, we know our guests have questions about their upcoming cruise and want to share these policy updates that provide options and flexibility should you want to reschedule your vacation currently booked between now and May 31, 2020, as well as incentives to proceed with your plans:

 Guests who choose to keep your booking as currently scheduled for departures between March 6 and May 31 will receive the following Onboard Credit (OBC) amounts:
 $100 per cabin for 3 and 4 day cruises
 $150 per cabin for 5 day cruises
 $200 per cabin for 6 day and longer cruises

If you choose to continue to sail with us, we will automatically apply your onboard credit to your sail and sign. There is no need to call us.

For our guests booked on Carnival Radiance European itineraries, we are finalizing some itinerary changes and a special offer that we will be sharing in the next few days.

For guests who booked prior to March 6, 2020, if you decide to change vacation plans, we will allow those booked on sailings between now and May 31 to move their booking to a new date and receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) in the amount of the non-refundable cancellation fee.

Guests booked on sailings departing between March 9 and March 31 can move your booking to a future date up to 3 days before sailing. If the cruise departs between March 6 and March 8, call us at any time to take advantage of this offer.

Guests booked on sailings departing between April 1 and May 31 can move your booking to a future date by March 31.

The FCC must be used for a sailing by March 31, 2021.

We appreciate your loyalty and hope you find this information helpful.

Colleen Oliverio
Vice President, Guest Service


*The FCC is non-transferable, cannot be used as a deposit or applied to a chartered sailing, has no cash value and must be redeemed on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing on or before 3/31/21. The FCC may only be used toward the cruise fare of one (1) booking in the same currency in which the above voyage was originally paid and cannot be used for taxes, fees & port expenses, Carnival Vacation Protection, onboard charges or gratuities. The booking guest shall be responsible for payment of the difference between the amount of the FCC and the amount of the new booking. If the amount of the new cruise is less than the amount of the FCC, the difference will be applied as a nonrefundable onboard credit with a maximum of $500 onboard credit per cabin. Any additional unused portion of the FCC will be forfeited. All monies paid for Carnival Vacation Protection plan is non-refundable and will not be included in the FCC. After you have booked your cruise, please use the link below to provide us with the new booking information so we can process your FCC.


Our Story
We believe that fun is a choice.
A choice that anyone can make, at any time.
A choice that can make the moment better for everyone.
At Carnival, we create a place where you’re your most fun self. 
Our ships are designed to inspire this choice--where every part of our experience is designed to bring people together, with limitless opportunities to let our guards down and create our own, contagious, irresistible fun.
When you sail with us, you’re bound to find your type of fun--at any one moment, we may be laughing until our sides ache at the Punchliner comedy club, testing our nerve on the waterslide, having our minds blown by amazing sights, singing and dancing our hearts out, or savoring mouthwatering bites--all with the help of our crew--the ultimate fun facilitators.
Carnival. Choose Fun.

It’s Official! Mardi Gras Gets Her Funnel

Mardi Gras has even more to celebrate as she was recently equipped with Carnival Cruise Line’s iconic winged funnel – a veritable cherry on top of the line’s newest, largest and most innovative ship!

The funnel was installed at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland in advance of this week’s “float out” when Mardi Gras moves to another location to complete its interior and exterior outfitting, including the installation of BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, the first seagoing restaurant of famed chef Emeril Lagasse, and a spectacular WaterWorks aqua park part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.

Mardi Gras is scheduled to enter service Nov. 14 operating year-round seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral.


Cruise Hive Annual Cruise Ship Awards

Carnival is the big winner in the sixth annual Cruise Hive Cruise Ship Awards earning top honors in six categories, including Best Cruise Line for the second consecutive year!

Additional honors included Best Cruise Ship Feature (SkyRide) for the fourth year in a row, Best New Cruise Ship (Carnival Panorama), Best Ship Refurbishment (Carnival Sunrise),

Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship (Mardi Gras), and Best Cruise Ship Dining Venue (Guy’s Burger Joint).



Carnival recently added two new transatlantic sailings on the Carnival Valor.  The first 15-day sailing departs New Orleans to Barcelona on 1/25/21 and the second 15-day sailing departs Barcelona to New Orleans on 2/26/21.

These are great opportunities for seasoned cruisers who love “cruise time” and retirees who love a great cruise deal!  Spread the word & get the business.


Carnival Introduces ‘The Fun Ones,’ New Marketing Campaign That Celebrates the Playful Way Its Guests Choose Fun

Carnival Cruise Line has launched a new marketing campaign, “The Fun Ones,” that celebrates the playful spirit of Carnival’s guests, how they choose fun, and the unique bond they have with their fellow cruisers who are “shamelessly true to themselves.”

An evolution of the brand’s Choose Fun campaign that launched in 2018 and introduced Shaquille O’Neal as the company’s Chief Fun Officer, the Fun Ones, created in tandem with advertising agency of record Anomaly, showcases those guests who embrace life by being their most fun-selves on board.

Combining vibrant imagery with tag lines like “The Fun Ones Plan for No Plans” and “Choose a Vacation as Fun as You,” the campaign conveys the everyone-is-welcome atmosphere that attracts nearly 6 million guests annually and how they make vacations more fun, while reminding viewers that when guests board a Carnival ship, they’re not sailing with strangers – they’re among friends.

This message is delivered in out-of-home elements along with 15-, 30- and 60-second commercials airing in key markets such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Houston and Orlando on television and radio, as well as national digital properties including YouTube and Hulu. 

In one spot, a guest goes “full flamingo” and dons a pink flamingo-shaped inner tube as he shamelessly struts along the Lido Deck much to the delight of his fellow shipmates, while a bride playfully takes a plunge into the pool instead of tossing her bouquet to the crowd.

“We all have a ‘Fun One’ in our lives – someone we love to be around or want to be like and this campaign showcases the exuberant spirit of our guests who truly make a Carnival cruise a vacation like no other,” said Pete Callaro, senior vice president of brand and product marketing for Carnival Cruise Line. “When consumers see the new spots, they will recognize the ‘Fun One’ in their lives and be inspired to have that fun together on a Carnival cruise.”

To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival can also be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube - or just ask your Travel Advisor


Carnival Cruise Line Is Repeat Winner of Best Domestic Cruise Line and Best Family Experience at 2019 Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards

Carnival Cruise Line was a big winner at the 17th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards earning top honors in three categories including Best Domestic Cruise Line for the fourth year in a row, repeating its Best Family Experience award, and securing the Best Travel Advisor Educational Program for its “Carnival Learn & Earn” training program.

Held in New York City, the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards recognize travel industry suppliers who were “the best of the best” in product and service during 2019, as determined by tens of thousands of travel advisors.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the knowledgeable readers of Travel Weekly as the best domestic cruise line for the fourth consecutive year, as well best family experience and best travel advisor educational program,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line President. “Travel advisors pride themselves on knowing the product to give their clients options and we truly appreciate the support of our valued travel partners in honoring us with these awards. It means a lot to all of us at Carnival and we are dedicated to continuing to earn their trust as America’s favorite cruise line.”

Carnival Cruise Line enjoyed a successful and memorable 2019 highlighted by last week’s debut of Carnival Panorama — the first new ship to debut and be dedicated year-round on the West Coast in nearly 25 years. Also notable this year was the launch of a new national trade campaign, “Why Use a Travel Agent”  (WUATA), an initiative to communicate to consumers the value of using a travel advisor that had local events across the U.S. and in Canada.

With 27 ships sailing either year-round or seasonally from 19 U.S. homeports on the East, West and Gulf coasts, Carnival guests can explore a number of destinations, including Alaska, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Panama Canal.

As the most popular cruise line for families, Carnival will carry more than 900,000 children in 2020. Carnival’s offerings include family-friendly programs at Camp Ocean, Circle C, Club O2, and partnerships with such brands as Dr. Seuss Enterprise for the line’s Seuss at Sea program, Sky Zone and Zumbini.  Popular features like WaterWorks, SportsSquare and Dive-In movies keep kids of all ages engaged, active and entertained throughout their cruise.

The “Carnival Learn and Earn” program, which is a part of the Loyalty Rocks Initiative, was also recognized as the best Travel Advisor Educational Program. The program recognizes and rewards travel advisors for investing in their professional development. The training content is video-based and puts travel advisors on an 80 percent faster path to program graduation.

More 2019 Accolades - 







Carnival Goes the Culinary Route with New “Carnival Kitchen”



Carnival Cruise Line unveiled Carnival Kitchen, a hands-on culinary experience led by the line’s talented chefs, debuting on Carnival Panorama in December. Guests sailing on Carnival’s newest ship can enjoy more than 15 onboard cooking classes inspired by the expansive array of international cuisines showcased on Carnival Panorama.


“We’re committed to providing our guests with memorable onboard experiences, and now, they’ll have the opportunity to explore the art of cooking alongside our incredible culinary team in a fun, informative and interactive atmosphere,” said Cyrus Marfatia, vice president of culinary and dining for Carnival. “We’ve created a diverse selection of experiences that cater to every type of palate, so whether our guests want to learn how to master their favorite foods or want to try something new, Carnival Kitchen has it all.” Sample Carnival Kitchen offerings include:


Carnival Classics Workshop Class with Dinner: Discover the secrets behind Carnival’s most beloved dishes including tuna tartare from Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, saffron risotto from the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and of course, the cruise industry’s most popular dessert, Carnival’s warm chocolate melting cake.


The Orient Unknown Class with Dinner: Master the flavors of the Far East by exploring the world of savory noodle dishes, silky soups, succulent satays and divine desserts that take participants on a journey through the cuisines of Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines and more.


Cake Workshop: Follow step-by-step instructions to create a confectionary masterpiece from layering and filling to using hand-made fondant, ornate and edible decorations and more.


Pasta Master Class: Explore the art of Italian cooking and preparing homemade pasta by mixing, rolling and molding fresh dough into creative and unique shapes and pair them with delicious sauces from scratch.


Additional classes include sushi rolling, pizza making and pie baking, among many others, and participants have the opportunity to indulge in tastings and sample their creations. One hour and two hour morning, afternoon and early evening sessions are available primarily on sea days and can accommodate up to 18 guests at a time. Reservations can be made on pre-cruise or at any restaurant once on board.


Located on Deck 4 aft, Carnival Kitchen features nine marbled-granite cooking and prep stations with individual sinks, refrigerators and stove tops as well as all tools, utensils and ingredients necessary to create a memorable meal. The space is accented with white and grey pattern-tiled floors and steel ceilings and walls as well as a dedicated dining area within the Carnival Kitchen for guests in the evening classes to enjoy a themed sit-down dinner included in the price once the classes commence. Class prices range between $30 and $59, and Carnival Kitchen-branded items are available for purchase onboard.


Carnival Panorama features a number of innovations including the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, the popular bike in the sky SkyRide and dining venues like Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse with barbecue favorites from Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri along with craft beers brewed on board.


A wide range of staterooms and suites are available as well, including spa staterooms with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-spacious staterooms in Family Harbor and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms with access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.


Carnival Panorama debuts with a special three-day voyage on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by year-round Mexican Riviera cruises beginning Dec. 14, 2019. Voyages depart from the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal and feature stunning destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.


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For more information, call Gino's Travel Agency at 214-274-1369, 800-CARNIVAL or


By   James Shillinglaw,


Carnival Legend to Offer Series of Diverse Europe Sailings in 2021

Carnival Cruise Line will operate its most extensive European season ever in 2021 with a diverse schedule of voyages aboard Carnival Legend, including visits to 58 ports across 21 countries, as well as the line’s first cruises to the Greek Isles and a return to Iceland, Norway and the Baltic.

During these voyages, guests can explore ancient ruins, sample regional cuisines, experience unique cultural opportunities, and visit centuries-old UNESCO sites, including Geirangerfjord in Norway, the Acropolis in Greece, Cinque Terre in Italy and Mont Saint-Michel in France.


Following its European season, Carnival Legend will shift to year-round deployment from Baltimore beginning in November 2021. In turn, Carnival Pride, currently based in Baltimore, will reposition to Tampa, offering new choices in these two important markets.


“For Carnival Legend, we’ve assembled our most diverse season ever with opportunities to visit an array of breathtaking sites across nearly two dozen countries, all combined with the one-of-a-kind vacation experience that Carnival is known for,” said Fred Stein, Carnival’s vice president of revenue, deployment and itinerary planning. “It’s really the best way to see Europe.”


Carnival Legend will reposition for its European season with a 15-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Tampa to Barcelona March 26-April 10, 2021, with stops in Nassau, The Bahamas; Bermuda; Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; and Malaga and Valencia, Spain. From there, the ship will operate a wide range of voyages from Barcelona, London (Dover) and Rome (Civitavecchia), including:

Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic: Departing June 4 and July 16 from London (Dover), thee nine-day Norwegian Fjords sailings stop at scenic towns like Stavanger, Flaam, Alesund, Andalsnes, Olden, Molde, Geiranger; Hellsylt, and Bergen, and offers guests the opportunity to cruise fjords such as Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord and Nordfjord. Departing July 25 and Aug. 15 from London (Dover), this 12-day Scandinavia & Russia cruise features such ports as Gothenburg, Sweden; Berlin (Warnemunde) Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight call); Tallinn, Estonia; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland & British Isles: Departing June 25 and Aug. 6 from London (Dover), these nine-day British Isles voyages call at Edinburgh, Invergordon and Isle of Skye, Scotland; Belfast (Northern Ireland), UK; Liverpool, England; and Cork (Cobh), Ireland. Departing June 13 and July 4 from London (Dover), this 12-day Iceland & British Isles cruise calls at Reykjavik, Grundafjordur, Akureyri, and Seydisfjordur, Iceland; Belfast (Northern Ireland); Isle of Skye, Scotland; and Kirkwall, Orkney Islands or Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Greek Isles and Italy: Departing Sept. 5 and 24 from Rome (Civitavecchia), these 10-day Greek Isles and Italy voyages call at Mykonos, Santorini, Athens and Katakolon, Greece; Messina or Catania (Sicily), Naples, Italy; and Izmir (Ephesus), Turkey.  An 11-day cruise departing Oct. 4 adds a stop in Corfu, Greece.

Western Europe and the Mediterranean: Departing May 17 and Oct. 23 from Barcelona, these eight-day Mediterranean voyage visit Valletta, Malta; Messina (Sicily), Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Livorno, Italy; and Marseilles, France or Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Departing May 25 from Barcelona, this 10-day western Europe cruise features Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar; Lisbon and Leixoes (Porto), Portugal; La Coruna, Spain; Paris (Le Havre), and Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium. Departing Aug. 27 from London (Dover), this nine-day western Europe cruise features Paris (Le Havre), La Coruna, Spain; Leixoes (Porto) and Lisbon, Portugal; Seville (Cadiz) and Cartagena, Spain. Departing Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 from Rome (Civitavecchia), these eight- and nine-day Mediterranean voyages call at ports such as Naples, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Messina or Catania (Sicily), Livorno, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Marseilles, France.


Carnival Legend’s program concludes with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to Baltimore Oct. 31-Nov. 14 with stops at Cartagena (Murcia) and Seville (Cadiz), Spain; Funchal (Madeira) and Ponta Delgada and Praia da Vitoria, Azores, Portugal.

Following its Europe season Carnival Legend will kick off its year-round schedule from Baltimore on Nov. 14, 2021, operating seven-day cruises departing every Sunday. A wide variety of week-long adventures are offered visiting destinations including Nassau, Freeport and the private Bahamian destinations of Half Moon Cay or Princess Cays as well as Grand Turk.


The ship’s Baltimore-based program also includes a special 14-day Carnival Journeys-Panama Canal voyage departing Jan. 9, 2022 calling at Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Limon, Costa Rica; partial Panama Canal transit; and Grand Turk.  Carnival Journeys cruises offer special onboard enrichment programming and fun activities like the 1980s-style Throw Back Sea Day.


Carnival Pride will take over Carnival Legend’s schedule of six-, seven-and eight-day cruises beginning Nov. 14, 2021. The sailings feature popular western Caribbean destinations, including Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and Grand Cayman.

The ship will also offer a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise from Baltimore to Tampa Oct. 31-Nov. 14, 2021, featuring a partial transit of the Panama Canal, along with visits to Grand Turk; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia;  Limon (Costa Rica); Mahogany Bay, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico.


For more information, contact Gino's Travel Agency at 214-274-1369, call 800-CARNIVAL or visit

For Carnival Cruise Line, It’s “No Coke! Pepsi!” Starting Next Year

For Carnival Cruise Line, it’s suddenly “No Coke! Pepsi! (though maybe we’re dating ourselves here at Insider with that reference to an old Saturday Night Live skit).


Carnival has selected PepsiCo as its preferred beverage partner and starting in January 2020, it will begin serving a variety of beverages from the PepsiCo portfolio featuring premiere brands from Starbucks ready to drink coffee to fast-growing bubly sparkling water. (Photo above: Christine Duffy (left), president of Carnival Cruise Line, and Anne Fink (R), president of PepsiCo Global Foodservice, celebrate the coming together of the two companies.)


When the transition is complete, Carnival guests will have a broad selection of beverage choices, from iced tea, sparkling water, coffee drinks and sports drinks to juices and soft drinks, including an array of low calorie and no sugar options. Indeed, PepsiCo seems to be making some inroads onboard the major contemporary cruise lines.


Norwegian Cruise Line also only offers PepsiCo products. But Royal Caribbean International still has a deal with Coca-Cola. In fact, to celebrate Royal Caribbean’s 50th anniversary this year, the cruise line introduced a commemorative flavor called Sprite Royal Berry Blast, which is available at Coca-Cola Freestyle machines onboard its ships.


So why did Carnival make the switch to Pepsi? “At Carnival Cruise Line, we invite our guests to Choose Fun, and now with PepsiCo’s extensive portfolio of brands, we’re able to give them more ways to choose a beverage that suits their taste, mood and preference,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy,. “PepsiCo’s line-up of beverages will give our guests access to leading brands in growing non-soda categories like iced tea, juice and sparkling water, as well as popular soft drink brands that consumers love. We’re also excited to work with PepsiCo on our shared commitment to sustainability, including a reduced reliance on plastics, and alternative ways to deliver and serve water and other beverages.”


As they cruise, Carnival guests will be able to enjoy some of their favorite PepsiCo brands such as bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, MTN Dew, Starbucks, Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Sierra Mist and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar, among others.

“Our brands both celebrate having fun and offering something special for everyone, making PepsiCo and Carnival Cruise Line a great match,” said Anne Fink, president of PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “We’re excited to share the voyage as we create enjoyable, seamless experiences for Carnival Cruise Line passengers while they enjoy their fun vacations at sea and ashore.”


So if you have any clients who drink just Coke, not Pepsi, they may be out of luck on a Carnival ship. On the other, like most of us, they might not even care!


By   James Shillinglaw

Carnival Offers New Ways Travelers Can Finance Cruise Vacations

By   James Shillinglaw,  Nov 11, 2019

Carnival Cruise Lines, continuing its efforts at making a cruise vacation available to everyone, is partnering with Uplift to bring flexible pay-over-time options to Carnival guests. Instead of paying for the cruise at the time of booking, Uplift Pay Monthly gives Carnival's guests the freedom to finance their trip and pay over time.


With Uplift, vacationers can budget for their trip by making low monthly payments for up to 24 months. Uplift continues to grow in popularity by providing consumers with an effective budgeting tool to lock in the best fares. Carnival's guests will be able to secure the ship, stateroom and itinerary they want while having clarity on the total cost with a predetermined payment schedule and payment amounts.


Available through any travel advisor, or via Carnival's call centers, Uplift Pay Monthly can be used by U.S. residents for all of Carnival's exciting voyages—from short getaways to the Bahamas and Mexico to longer vacations to Alaska, Hawaii and Europe. Canadian residents will be able to use Uplift soon as well.


"Carnival is already the most affordable vacation in cruising, and with Uplift, guests can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime by spreading the cost of their trip into affordable monthly payments," said Ken Tate, Carnival’s chief commercial officer. "Uplift's unique zero money down option with up to 24 set monthly payments and its pure focus on travel made Uplift a natural choice for Carnival to partner with."


Uplift Pay Monthly seamlessly integrates into Carnival's existing booking and payment processes, making it easy for guests to receive an instant decision. There are no prepayment penalties and guests clearly see the total cost of their trip at the time of booking, enabling them to easily budget for their dream cruise vacation.


"Our mission is to make travel more accessible, affordable and rewarding for everyone," said Uplift President Rob Soderbery. "Travel has become a fundamental part of our lives, and today's consumers rightly demand more flexibility. We are thrilled to partner with Carnival Cruise Line and help more people enjoy a dream vacation."


For more information, contact Gino's Travel Agency, visit, or


Gino's Travel Agency still offers a convenient payment plan. After initial deposit, pay as much as you want as often as you want up to final payment due date. Terry L. Branch, Owner/Travel Advisor.




Everything is bigger in Texas – including Carnival Cruise Line – which announced today that it will have four ships homeporting in Galveston year-round, beginning in 2021.

As the #1 cruise line from Texas, Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in May 2021 to carry an estimated 900,000 guests annually from Galveston – more than any other cruise operator.

In addition, Carnival Breeze will return to Galveston, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a short 4&5 day cruise program from Galveston.  Carnival Dream will shift to 6&8 day Caribbean voyages while Carnival Vista will continue its popular 7 day cruises.   

*   Carnival Radiance to Galveston will launch a new schedule of 5-14 day voyages from the Port of Galveston beginning on May 14, 2021. 

o   5 day cruises depart Sundays and feature the seaside Mexican ports of Cozumel and Progreso or Costa Maya.

o   Three different 9 day options departing Fridays will be offered: Cozumel, Limon (Costa Rica), partial Panama Canal transit or Colon (Panama)/ Key West, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay & Nassau/ Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Roatan), Belize, Costa Maya & Cozumel.

o   Two 8 port, 14-day Carnival Journeys cruises visiting top destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Panama Canal will also be offered departing Oct. 24, 2021 and Jan. 16, 2022.

o   Carnival Radiance will undergo an extensive 38 day bow-to-stern $200 million renovation next year that will add all of the line’s food, beverage and entertainment innovations, bringing an exciting new option to the Galveston market.

*   Carnival Dream will shift to a new 6 and 8-day cruise schedule from Galveston beginning May 8, 2021. 

o   6 day cruises visit Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize or Mahogany Bay and 8 day cruises feature Key West, Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. 


NEW Ships & Sailings Open for Biz!

We are excited to announce more ships and NEW itineraries are now open for business through April 2022. Get your groups ready NOW for the best deals!

*   Carnival Sunshine 4 & 5 day Charleston, Carnival Breeze  4 & 5 day Galveston, Carnival Dream  6 & 8 day Galveston, Carnival Radiance  5 & 9 day Galveston, Carnival Vista  7 day Galveston


Port Miami's Terminal F is for FUN
We just received approval from the Miami-Dade County Commission for a proposal to completely renovate and expand Cruise Terminal F at Port Miami for Carnival next XL ship to be delivered in 2022! 
With the project greenlighted, Christine Duffy said, "We will move quickly on a plan to remodel and expand Terminal F so that it will accommodate our most innovative class of ship yet.
Everyone is very excited about Miami being home to our next liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship in North America and the sister ship to Mardi Gras, which arrives next August and is generating tremendous enthusiasm.
The positive vote assures that the new ship and terminal expansion will both arrive in time for Carnival’s 50th anniversary in 2022.”
Open for Business Coast to Coast Thru April 2022!
  • From Miami:  Carnival Horizon  6 & 8 day, Carnival Conquest 3 & 4 day & Carnival Sensation  4 & 5 day
  • From Port Canaveral:  Mardi Gras  7 day, Carnival Liberty  3 & 4 day & Carnival Elation 4 & 5 day
  • From Jacksonville:  Carnival Ecstasy  4 & 5 day
  • From Tampa:  Carnival Paradise  4 & 5 day
  • From New Orleans:  Carnival Glory  7 & 14 day, Carnival Valor  4 & 5 day
  • From Mobile:  Carnival Fantasy  4 & 5
  • From Baltimore:  Carnival Pride (May-Oct 2021) 7 day
  • From Long Beach:  Carnival Panorama  7 day, Carnival Imagination & Inspiration 3 & 4 day

Carnival Cruise Line Resuming its Regular Calls in the Bahamas

Carnival cruise ship in the BahamasCarnival cruise ship in the Bahamas (photo via iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus / Darwin Brandis) 

Carnival Cruise Line has just announced that, during the remainder of September, it will be making 41 calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, as those destinations eagerly await cruise-goers, even in the recent wake of Hurricane Dorian.

While the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco have suffered hurricane damage, Bahamian officials are keen to emphasize that other areas of The Bahamas are open for business and ready to welcome guests.

In fact, it is vital to maintaining the destination’s economy.

Simultaneously, Carnival is continuing to work with its partners to deliver disaster relief aid to the residents of the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Together with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation has pledged $2 million in funding towards relief efforts and in-kind support.

Cargo ships loaded with supplies began arriving as early as last week, and passenger liners Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty are also scheduled to deliver supplies to Freeport on September 12 and 13.

"Thank you to all who have joined us to support our friends in the Bahamas with donations," Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement. "Our work to assist and support continues. And as our ships and our guests return to Bahamian ports of call, our visits will make sure that our guests experience the beauty of The Bahamas, and that the economy moves forward and jobs will be supported."

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Carnival Panorama Takes Another Step Toward Launch

Photo by Carnival Cruise Line


Carnival Panorama, the newest ship from Carnival Cruise Line, took another important step towards launch with the successful completion of its sea trials earlier this week. When the ship makes its inaugural cruise from Long Beach, CA, on December 11, it will be the first new ship from the cruise line on the West Coast in 20 years. 

Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Panorama had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers onboard, who tested the ship’s technical, mechanical and navigation systems.

As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Panorama will offer amenities such as the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea and a new ChooseFun WaterWorks aqua park inspired by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, as well as returning onboard venues like Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Brewhouse, serving BBQ favorites created by Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri and craft beers brewed onboard.  

Carnival Vista to Return to Service Ahead of Schedule

Carnival Vista

The Carnival Vista is returning to service ahead of schedule, a Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson has confirmed to Travel Agent. The ship will sail from Galveston July 23, instead of July 27 as originally planned, operating a special four-day cruise to Cozumel. Carnival said it had opened bookings for the new sailing the night of Wednesday, July 17, and that it has been selling quickly. 

The ship had been undergoing repairs to its azipod propulsion system, which had been suffering an issue that affected the ship’s maximum cruising speed. Carnival said that the repairs, which are taking place at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, have been using a unique, first-of-its-kind “floating dry dock” process on the BOKA Vanguard. That process has gone “extremely smoothly,” Carnival said, allowing the work to be completed almost five days ahead of schedule and allowing this special cruise to be scheduled for last-minute travelers. 

The propulsion issue had forced Carnival to cancel three of the ship’s July sailings out of its homeport of Galveston. The sailings had been scheduled for July 6, July 13 and July 20; guests on those sailings received a full refund of their cruise fare and a 100 percent future cruise credit. Guests with airfare change fees and related expenses associated with new itineraries or cancelled trips were also offered reimbursement. 

Who Offers More Panama Canal Sailings Than Any Other Cruise Company?

Carnival Corporation & plc will have more ships sailing through the Panama Canal than any other cruise provider over the next year. Six of Carnival Corp.'s global cruise line brands will sail partially or completely through the Panama Canal during the upcoming peak season, which will run from fall 2019 through spring 2020. Six Carnival Corp. brands—Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises and Seabourn—have 26 ships currently scheduled to enter the expanded locks connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, representing roughly one-quarter of the corporation’s global fleet. In the upcoming Panama Canal cruise season, Carnival Corp. will have over 70 cruises making partial or full visits.


“Cruising is all about providing our guests with extraordinary experiences at an exceptional value,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp. “And since our cruise vacations to the spectacular Panama Canal are considered the best way to appreciate such a stunning engineering phenomenon, it is no surprise we continue to earn rave reviews from our guests. We are proud to offer travelers so many options for visiting the canal, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations." 


Carnival Corp. and its brands have a rich history in the Panama Canal. The corporation’s Princess brand was the first cruise line to take guests through the Panama Canal in 1967. Fifty years later, the brand marked another major milestone with the first large cruise ship, Caribbean Princess, to traverse the newly expanded Neo-Panamax Locks. 


Carnival Corp. brands offer Panama Canal sailings with various lengths ranging from eight to 112 days, departing from more than a dozen ports throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe, including Los Angeles; New York; Miami; Fort Lauderdale; Rio de Janeiro; Southampton, England; Vancouver and more. Carnival Journeys offers unique local culinary and entertainment experiences, as well as special activities, including photography, cooking, arts and crafts, and celestial navigation on the brand’s Panama Canal transits. 


Following an extensive $200 million renovation that added a variety of dining and entertainment innovations as well as stateroom upgrades, Carnival Sunrise is offering an inaugural season from New York that includes a 14-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise, highlighted by a partial transit of the canal along with local culinary and entertainment experiences and unique shipboard activities.


Carnival Cruise Line offers full and partial transits of the Panama Canal, departing from nine ports around the U.S., including Los Angeles; San Diego; Galveston, Texas; New Orleans; Mobile, Ala.; Tampa, Fla.; Miami; Baltimore; and New York.  


Carnival Corp.’s Cunard brand recently unveiled its Oceans of Discovery voyage program for November 2020 through May 2021, featuring Queen Victoria’s World Voyage, a westbound circumnavigation through the Panama Canal in 2021, which can be taken as a round-trip from Hamburg or London, or a one-way voyage starting in Fort Lauderdale. The Full World Voyage will feature cruising through the Panama Canal, as well as calls to 34 ports in 24 countries, including overnight stays in San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Cape Town.


Guests can set out this summer on a 19-night voyage aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, departing Los Angeles on July 5. The itinerary features ports of call in Mexico and the Caribbean before the ship visits Fort Lauderdale and then arrives in New York.

Holland America Line carried 40,500 guests through the Panama Canal last season. Seven ships and 32 cruise voyages are set to sail the canal with full transits ranging from 14 to 23 days and 10- or 11-day partial explorations. 


P&O Cruises (UK) offers a 99-night world tour in January 2020 that includes a Panama Canal complete transit aboard Arcadia, one of its adults-only ships, as it takes guests to 26 destinations in the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii, South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Australia before returning to Southampton in April 2020. 


Princess Cruises offers three ways to experience the Panama Canal—round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, round-trip from Los Angeles, or full transit options that sail between Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles or San Francisco and Vancouver. The 2019-20 lineup features five ships, with 10- to 21-day options, also visiting ports in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Each Princess transit of the Panama Canal includes live narration from the bridge offering a glimpse into the history and insight that went into its engineering feat, as well as a day of cruising through Gatun Lake. 


For the upcoming 2020-21 season, five Princess Cruises ships will sail the waters of the Panama Canal, with 28 departures and nine unique itineraries. New for this season, two 15-day ocean-to-ocean voyages are offered sailing between Fort Lauderdale and the new homeport of San Diego. Crown Princess sails on 10-day cruises round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, bringing the Princess MedallionClass vacation experience to the region.


In July, Crown Princess will have the Medallion Class experience and in 2020 the experience will expand to Emerald Princess (August 2020) and Coral Princess (October 2020), enabling three MedallionClass ships to sail in the Panama Canal next year. Guests on MedallionClass ships carrying an OceanMedallion wearable device will receive a personalized vacation, which also includes MedallionNet, offering fast, affordable, reliable and unlimited Internet service to stream shows, post photos and video chat.


Carnival Corp.'s Seabourn brand offers two sailings through the Panama Canal for the 2019-20 season. Seabourn Sojourn’s October itinerary departs Los Angeles and calls in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Jamaica, before concluding in Miami, all centered around the daylight transit of the Panama Canal. In addition, during fall 2019, Seabourn Quest offers a 22-day voyage of the Panama Canal and Inca Coast from Miami to Santiago, Chile, sailing south along the western side of South American ports with overnight stays in Manta (Quito), Ecuador and Callao (Lima), Peru. For more information, visit,,,, and


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Starting on June 1st, several ships in our fleet will have theme nights throughout the summer; White Hot Night and 80’s Night. These theme nights will offer our guests something a bit different as they celebrate in a series of events and are encouraged to dress-up and get involved!

Guests who are booked on the selected ships will be receiving pre-cruise communication about the event.  The themed nights and ships participating in this launch are:

White Hot Night:

*    Breeze

*    Horizon

*    Magic

*    Vista

80’s Night:

*    Conquest

*    Splendor

*    Sunrise

*    Sunshine

Teaming Up With The Harlem Globetrotters!

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Carnival Horizon Hotel Director Pierre Camilleri with the Harlem Globetrotters.

They dribble; they dance; they shoot; they score! We've partnered with the world-famous basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, serving as the group's official cruise line sponsor worldwide. 


Combining the Harlem Globetrotters’ high-flying athleticism, theatrical stunts and comedic acts with our role as the family cruise leader, we're bringing a new level of excitement to more than 150 of the team’s shows across the country. 


Carnival's partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters is currentky focused on promoting Carnival shoreside to the Globetrotters' fans. Future plans are to integrate the Globetroters nto the ships. Stay tuned for when this will happen.


“For more than nine decades, we’ve used basketball as a means to bring laughter, joy and fun to our fans worldwide,” said Howard Smith, Harlem Globetrotters president. “When we heard about the opportunity to partner with cruise industry leader Carnival, we couldn’t wait to use our combined love of entertaining audiences to make our games more fun and memorable than ever.”


“The Harlem Globetrotters are synonymous with fun, helping families create wonderful memories – and our brands align so well together,” said Scott Becher, vice president, head of partnerships. “We look forward to seeing how everyone will ‘Choose Fun’ Globetrotters-style.”


Inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and known for their incredible dribbling, shooting and dunking skills as well as their crowd interaction, the Harlem Globetrotters have performed for more than 148 million fans in 124 countries since their inception in 1926. Now performing 400 shows each year, the team has become a worldwide icon and pioneer in the sports industry showcasing some of the best basketball players in the world.

Welcome Carnival Sunrise!


After a two-month dry dock, Carnival Sunrise is making her debut today at Norfolk's Decker Half Moone Cruise Center. 


This $200 million renovation added all of our popular culinary, beverage and entertainment offerings as well as a huge new water park, a suspended ropes course, and stateroom upgrades including two luxurious Captains Suites overlooking the ship’s navigational bridge. “The introduction of Carnival Sunrise brings an incredibly enhanced ship to our guests with all of the popular features from across our fleet,” said Christine Duffy.  “We couldn't be more proud to introduce Carnival Sunrise in Norfolk.” 


Carnival Sunrise now includes popular features, such as:

  • Casual F&B options: Poolside venues like Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri, BlueIguana Cantina & Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, as well as upgrades to the Lido Marketplace, an expanded ice cream station, the Java Blue coffee bar and 24-hour Pizza del Capitano.
  • Specialty dining:  The Chef’s Table fine dining experience, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, as well as Italian, sushi and seafood options.
  • Shopping and Personal Care:  A Cherry on Top sweet shop, Pixels photo gallery, expanded retail outlets and renovated fitness and spa facilities.
  • Outdoor Decks and Attractions: A new water park with slides and a kiddie splash zone, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and a SportSquare recreation area with ropes course and mini golf.
  • Youth & Family Entertainment:  Dedicated Camp Ocean, Circle “C” and Club O2 facilities hosting supervised children’s programming for kids 2-17, as well as an arcade.
  • Theater & Live Entertainment:  The Punchliner Comedy Club in the new Limelight Lounge, Playlist Productions shows in the Liquid Lounge, live entertainment, deck parties, onboard programming and the popular sing-along piano bar.
  • Staterooms and Suites: Two redesigned Captain’s Suites and updates to all staterooms.

 A huge kudos to everyone involved in this beautiful transformation and welcome to the Carnival Family, Sunrise! 

Carnival Cruise Line Returning to Antigua and Barbuda

The Carnival Breeze cruise ship in port

The Carnival Breeze cruise ship in port. (photo via Marina113 / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus)

Mardi Gras Suites Unveiled

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Carnival Excel Presidential Suites

Today we unveiled more details on the numerous accommodation choices on Mardi Gras, which will feature more than 180 suites across 11 styles, including the new premium category Carnival Excel suites with select amenities and access to a new resort-style, open-air enclave called Loft 19.


            “As we continue to announce details on Mardi Gras, guests will see that this ship is going to have more choices to stay and more choices to play,” said Christine. “All of our accommodations have been designed to exceed our guests’ expectations, and the suite offerings will kick that up a notch or two for those who want an extra special Choose Fun vacation.”


New Premium Level Carnival Excel Suites

The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories:   

  • Carnival Excel Presidential Suite –Two Presidential Suites – the largest in the fleet – located on Deck 17 that feature spacious living, dining and sleeping areas along with the fleet’s most expansive balconies with vast sea views, large sunbed and lounging areas, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and shower. These suites also include access to the spa’s thermal suite and the Havana pool area.
  • Carnival Excel Aft Suite – Twelve suites overlooking Summer Landing and boasting separate living rooms and bedrooms with large wraparound balconies offering impressive ocean views, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and areas for al fresco dining and relaxing.
  • Carnival Excel Corner Suite – Twelve suites on the port and starboard sides of the ship featuring separate sleeping and lounging areas, a wet bar and wraparound balconies with lounging and dining areas.
  • Carnival Excel Suite – Six suites on Decks 10, 11 and 12 with sleeping, dining and relaxing areas. The spacious balconies include loungers and a dining area.

 Exclusive New Suite-Level Amenities

All suites onboard Mardi Gras will include an amenities package that includes priority boarding and debarkation, priority main dining room seating, plush bathrobes and bottled water upon arrival.


Guests in the 32 Carnival Excel suites will enjoy standard suite amenities plus the following:

  • Unlimited access to Loft 19
  • Dedicated concierge phone line
  • Guaranteed specialty dining times (with the exception of Bonsai Teppanyaki and the Chef’s Table)
  • Complimentary Bottomless Bubbles soda package, room service and laundry
  • Sparkling wine and fresh fruit basket upon arrival
  • Upgraded bathroom amenities

All New ‘Loft 19’

Located on the ship’s highest deck, Loft 19 is a brand new concept for Carnival – a secluded retreat modeled after the world’s finest resorts with full bar service, a private pool surrounded by sun loungers and spacious cabanas, available for rent. Cabanas are fully stocked with beverages, plush robes and chilled towels, fresh fruit, lunch delivery and dedicated concierge service. Carnival Excel suite guests will receive priority when reserving Loft 19 cabanas.


Additional Suite Options

In addition to the Carnival Excel class suites, Mardi Gras will also feature:

  • Ocean Suites –separate sleeping and lounging areas with ergonomically-friendly design.
  • Tropics-inspired Havana Suites – private patios with a swing chair and direct access to The Lanai.
  • Extra-roomy Family Harbor Suites – nautical décor, large-scale windows and toddler benches.
  • Cloud 9 Spa Suites – with special spa privileges such as two fitness classes, access to the ship’s Thermal Suite and a scrub kit.
    Loft 19 Cabana View

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in US

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge threatened Wednesday to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States as punishment for a possible probation violation.

The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she’ll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold to attend that hearing.

“The people at the top are treating this as a gnat,” Seitz said. “If I could, I would give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. It’s amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality.”

Miami-based Carnival has been on probation for two years as part of a $40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess Cruises ships and lying about the scheme, according to court filings.

Despite this, prosecutors say ships have dumped grey water into Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, prepared ships in advance of court-ordered audits to avoid unfavorable findings, falsified records and dumped plastic garbage into the ocean. The company has acknowledged these incidents in court filings.

In a statement after the hearing, Carnival said “It appears there were some mischaracterizations made by others to the court. We intend to fully address the issues raised at today’s court conference.”

Carnival’s Chief Communications Officer Roger Frizzell said “our environmental responsibility has been and continues to be a top priority for the company.”


The five-year probation began in April 2017 and requires a third-party auditor to inspect ships belonging to Carnival and its subsidiaries. Carnival owns nine cruise brands and has 102 ships.

The court filings say that during 2017 Carnival had a program in place to prepare ships in advance of the audits to avoid negative findings. Seitz ordered the company to stop in December 2017, and it stopped. But federal prosecutors said the practice continued in 2018.


Carnival Begins Campaign Promoting the Value of Travel Advisors (Edit)

In good news for travel agents, Carnival Cruise Line is kicking off a new, year-long promotional campaign entitled, “WUATA – Why Use a Travel Advisor,” designed to help travel agents attract new clients and deepen the loyalty of existing clients.

This multi-faceted initiative will include everything from social media posts to high-profile WUATA Parties in specific cities. Those community events will bring clients and industry experts together to promote the travel agent community; they'll be co-sponsored by the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

“The proof is in my tattoo that Carnival is deeply committed to the travel agent community, and by introducing WUATA we’ll be able to share our passion so travelers gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of using a travel advisor,” says Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing, who proudly sports a tattoo designed to show his support of travel agents.

“Through WUATA, Carnival becomes the first cruise line to dedicate a year-long campaign focused solely on promoting the value of travel advisors, and we’re excited to get on the road to support the growth and success of our agent partners,” says Perez.

Internally, "we started talking about this several months ago, and we had been doing the bus tour for several years and we wanted to change something up,” Perez says. “We wanted to talk about how valuable travel agents are.”

Certainly, the cruise industry’s portfolio of cruise products has become much more complex, which cruise lines say makes it critical that consumers sail on the right product -- the cruise that best matches their personality and vacation style. For first timers, in particular, the choices can be daunting.

Carnival wants to ensure consumers use a professional travel agent when booking their vacation. As part of the campaign, agents can expect to see social media promotions, contests, exclusive merchandise, giveaways, text alerts and WUATA Word, an innovative crowdsourced word cloud that will grow throughout the year as the movement expands.

How many travel agents does Carnival work with on an annual basis? Perez says that Carnival has 100,000 or so agents in its database. “There’s probably about 30,000 agencies" represented, he adds.

Revenue from each agency varies greatly. Some might not work with Carnival much, such as selling only one or so cruises a year, perhaps not the next, and then selling more the following year. Many others, though, sell many more cruises on an annual basis or are top Carnival producers. Perez says many are independent agents working with host agencies or home-based travel advisors.

Clients and travel advisors can opt in to receive text alerts about new features and tools from the WUATA program throughout the year by texting “WUATA” to 866-Go-WUATA. The alerts will also cover the latest news, contests, offers and more.  

When you are looking for a great Travel Consultant/Advisor, be sure to contact Gino's Travel Agency. 





Carnival Freedom Multi-Million Dollar Dry Dock Adds a Variety of On-board Experiences

Carnival Freedom has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation adding a variety of exciting experiences, including the following listed below…

*    WaterWorks: Featuring a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide and Carnival’s signature 212-foot-long Twister slide along with a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and SplashZone area for kids.

*    Bonsai Express: the success of the full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurants has spawned this casual spot, featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more.

*    Mini Golf Course:  A nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 11, providing a fun and relaxing pastime for families to enjoy in the fresh sea air.

*    Re-Branded Deli: Located on Deck 9, the newly expanded Deli offers a tantalizing menu of piled-high sandwiches, paninis and traditional sides.


These complement the wide array of popular experiences on board Carnival Freedom, including Guy’s Burger Joint, the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar & Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, along with favorites like the steakhouse, Punchliner Comedy Club, the Alchemy Bar, and the RedFrog Pub.  

Family-friendly options include Seuss at Sea operated exclusively with Dr. Seuss Enterprises that includes the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in The Hat and Friends and a reading venue called Dr. Seuss Bookville, along with fun supervised programming for kids ages 2-17.

Carnival's Partnership with Craft Store Michael's 

Carnival has partnered with Michael’s, the largest arts and craft retail chain in North America, to bring creativity to the seas aboard our 26 ships! As our exclusive arts and crafts provider, guests of all ages will have the opportunity to engage and create together through the interactive “Make It With Michaels” experience featuring keepsakes they can take home.


Carnival first cruise line to can and keg own private label beer

In partnership with Lakeland, Fla.-based Brew Hub, we became the first cruise line to can and keg our own private labeled craft created by our in-house brewery teams aboard Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, led by VP Beverage Operations Edward Allen and Brewmaster Colin Presby. Media and trade partners gathered in RedFrog Pub aboard Carnival Magic to celebrate this cruise industry first! The three beers, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA and ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, are now available on all 26 ships and at all private destinations. 

“With the success of our breweries on Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon the obvious next step was to let all of our guests fleetwide enjoy our refreshing craft beers and that’s where our partnership with Brew Hub began,” said Edward Allen. “To be the first cruise line to ever scale up its beverage operations by canning and kegging their own beer is unprecedented.”


The beers include:

  • ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat – an unfiltered wheat beer with flavors of orange and spices.
  • ParchedPig West Coast IPA – the embodiment of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale, this hoppy, intense beer is loaded with bitterness with a bright flavor profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine.
  • ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – highlighted by its rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable.


Carnival kicks it up a notch with Emeril restaurant 


Renowned New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse will open his first restaurant at sea in the French Quarter zone of Carnival Cruise Line's new Mardi Gras ship.

To be called Emeril's Bistro 1396, the restaurant will serve items such as fried oyster po-boy sandwiches, muffaletta sandwiches, seafood ceviche and Emeril's signature barbecue shrimp.

The 66-seat restaurant is the first featured attraction to be announced for the French Quarter, a new concept not currently on other Carnival ships. Pricing will be a la carte from $2 for starters to $12 for entrees. "It's open to the promenade in the same way that Bonsai Sushi is, and gives people the option while they're eating to still be part of the action in the surrounding space," Carnival president Christine Duffy said.

Lagasse will bring a pedigree to Carnival's Cajun culinary efforts, plus lots of experience opening eateries in tourist-friendly locations such as Orlando and Las Vegas. Born in Massachusetts to a French-Canadian father, he originally earned his kitchen stripes by succeeding Paul Prudhomme as executive chef of Commander's Palace, one of the best-known restaurants in New Orleans. After eight years, he left to open Emeril's restaurant in New Orleans in 1990 and now is the proprietor of 11 restaurants. Lagasse has starred in several TV cooking shows and his name is on a variety of pasta sauces, spice blends, rib rubs and kitchen knives.

"I've developed restaurants all over the country, but to create my first restaurant at sea -- on a ship named Mardi Gras with its own French Quarter, no less -- was an opportunity I simply could not pass up," said Lagasse. In addition to New Orleans-style entrees, the menu for Emeril's Bistro 1396 includes desserts such as Bananas Foster and lemon ice box pie. Sides include Creole potato salad with diced scallions and red beans and "jazz-man" rice. A breakfast will also be served with a shrimp Creole omelet or shrimp and grits.

The 1396 in the name of the restaurant is a reference to the hull number of the Mardi Gras at the Meyer Turku shipyard, Carnival said. Lagasse is one in a spate of name-brand chefs to be announced by cruise lines in recent weeks. Celebrity Cruises struck a partnership with New York chef Daniel Boulud in February. MSC Cruises recently reeled in Raymond Blanc, chef at the Michelin two-star Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons hotel restaurant in Oxford, England. 

Now under construction, the 5,200-passenger Mardi Gras is due for delivery in August 2020.


Carnival's Newest Ship Mardi Gras is open for Bookings! The Carnival Mardi Gras will be the largest Carnival ship ever constructed, and the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). Currently, Carnival is building a new ship terminal in Port Canaveral where she will be ported. Mardi Gras will also feature the first ever roller coaster at Sea BOLT...with Exhilarating Twists, Turns and Drops that are enjoyed 187 ft. above sea level. Mardi Gras has 6 distinctive theme zones: 1) Grand Central, 2) French Quarter, 3) La Piazza, 4) Summer Landing, 5) Lido, 6) and the Ultimate Playground.

- 9 day N Europe from Copenhagen 8/31/2020
-14 day Transatlantic from Southampton to NYC 9/9/2020
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Carnival Journeys - 15 day Exotic S Caribbean from NYC to Port Canaveral - 9/20/2020
7 day Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral starting 10/16/2020.

Gino's Travel Agency is currently talking reservations. Contact us today to get on board the Carnival Mardi Gras!



Carnival Breeze has replaced Carnival Valor with round trip sailings from Galveston, TX

Beginning May 2019 sailing 4 & 5 day cruises to Mexico. This is Carnival's largest ship sailing on short cruises. Carnival Breeze is a sister to Carnival Magic (another awesome ship)! Thirty of her 5 day cruises will go to Costa Maya and Cozumel, while the others will go to Progresso and Cozumel.

Gino's Travel Agency is currently taking reservations for Carnival Breeze. Call us today to get on board!


Hey Texas! We have Carnival's 2nd largest ship sailing from Galveston!

That's right. Carnival Vista (lovely ship indeed) replaced Carnival Breeze, sailing roundtrip with itineraries to include:

  • 7 day Western Caribbean (Sunday - Sunday) - Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay.
  • 7 day Exotic Western Caribbean (Sunday - Sunday) Mahogany Bay, Roatan; Belize, Cozumel.

In addition, there will be a few unique 6 & 8 day cruises in April and May 2019.

Gino's Travel Agency is currently taking reservations for Carnival Vista. Call us today to get on board.


Carnival's Wi-Fi Packages - Fast and Simple + Pre-Book online! - You can now purchase Wi-Fi packages prior to your cruise.

  • Social: Unique in the cruise industry and provides unlimited access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest and other popular sites. Pre-Cruise: $6.80 per day. On-board: $8.00 per day.
  • Value: Includes unlimited access to the Web for checking email, sports scores, weather updates and a wide range of other applications. Pre-Cruise: $10.20 per day. On-board: $12 per day.
  • Premium: Provides the fastest available connection speed and allows access to some streaming video services. Pre-Cruise: $14.45 per day. On- Board: $17 per day.

Carnival Beverage Packages Enhanced 

Cheers! Beverage Program now includes a greater variety of non-alcoholic drinks as well as higher quality brand-name spirits and wine by the glass. Any drink that costs up to $25 per serving is included. Woohoo! Pre-purchase: $51.95. Purchase on board: $56.95. Cost is per person, per day, + 15% gratuity.

Bottomless Bubbles Unlimited Soda Program: Child rate (17 years and under) $4.95. Adult rate (18 years +) $7.50 per person, per day + 15% gratuity.

Carnival HUB New Features! "New Pre-Cruise Functionality"

With the HUB App's new pre-cruise capabilities, you can now manage your bookings, complete online check-in, and conveniently purchase a wide variety of items and experiences before departure, including excursions, spa treatments, specialty dining reservations, Wi-Fi packages, and Fun Shop orders for stateroom delivery.

Expanded "Pizza Anywhere" Feature has been added to nine other ships, including Galveston ships - Carnival Vista and Dream! You can satisfy your pizza craving at anytime with the touch of a button to place your order, click on your location on the map, and take a selfie to I.D. yourself. Cost is $5 and pizzas are cooked to order and delivered hot to wherever you are on board.



Carnival has more Fun sailings to Havana 

Carnival expanded cruises to Cuba aboard 5 different ships from 4 East Coast homeports:
Carnival Sunrise - 5 day from Ft Lauderdale
Carnival Victory - 3 day from Miami
Carnival Sensation - 4/5 day form Miami
Carnival Paradise - 4/5/6 day from Tampa
Carnival Sunshine - 4/5 day from Charleston
Carnival Radiance - 6/7/9 day from NYC, Norfolk and Port Canaveral.

Gino's Travel Agency is currently taking reservations for any of the above exciting itineraries. Call us today to get on board!