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Carnival Cruise Lines has announced two exciting year-round homeport deployments for fall 2011, with the 2,052-passenger Inspiration repositioning to Long Beach, Calif., for three- and four-day Baja departures and the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise to Tampa, Fla., on four- and five-day Caribbean voyages. Carnival Inspiration is currently based in Tampa while Carnival Paradise operates from Long Beach.
To reposition to their new homeports, each ship will offer a 14-day Panama Canal voyage that will provide consumers with a highly attractive longer length “Fun Ship” cruise option, as well as the unforgettable experience of transiting the Panama Canal.
The Carnival Paradise Panama Canal cruise will sail from Long Beach to Tampa departing Nov. 28, 2011, while Carnival Inspiration Panama Canal voyage will depart Dec. 3, 2011, and operate from Tampa to Long Beach.
These voyages will be highlighted by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of transiting the Panama Canal, one of the great technological achievements of the 20th century, where ships are raised 85 feet in the air via a series of three locks and then gently lowered back again. The transit also includes the crossing of 163-square-mile Gatun Lake, the world’s largest man-made lake, which is surrounded by a variety of native tropical foliage and interesting sites.
Each voyage will also feature visits to five magnificent ports of call: Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.
Early Saver rates for these voyages start at $949 per person based on double occupancy.
Reservations are currently being accepted for the new schedules of the Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Paradise as well as the 14-day Panama Canal cruises.
For additional information and reservations, contact me Jae Nelson .
The Carnival Magic is still being built and her homeport will be in Galveston, Texas beginning November 2011 and I can already book this ship for you!
The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is slated to debut in Europe with a series of 7 to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 – Oct. 16, 2011. Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch 7-night Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the port’s largest year-round cruise ship.
Some of the surprises you’ll find on the virtual video tour link below are a few of the innovative new public spaces aboard the ship including:
Carnival’s first-ever pub at sea - the RedFrog Pub
an Italian captain-inspired Cucina del Capitano restaurant
the renowned Cloud 9 Spa
an outdoor sports gym including weights and a ropes course
cruising’s first gargantuan water dump bucket
1/2 mile promenade with four cantilevered whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides and much more.
You’ll also be able to tour the Ocean Plaza, the splash-tastic Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, and all of the fun and exciting youth-related spaces.
On the Carnival Magic there’s something for everyone!
Add Carnival to the list of cruise lines with pubs on ships. Carnival Cruise Lines’ next ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will home port in Galveston, Texas as of 2011 and will have a pub — a first at the line. Industry giant Carnival is following in the footsteps of such rivals as Norwegian Cruise Line and Cunard in adding a pub to one of its vessels.
The line today announced its next ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will feature an outlet called the RedFrog Pub that will serve a number of regional Caribbean beers as well as a private label option called ThirstyFrog Red.
Carnival says the 100-seat venue will have indoor and outdoor seating and a Caribbean vibe. Located on the ship’s main Promenade deck, it’ll serve Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, firecracker Jamaican chicken wings and other Caribbean-flavored items as well as beers. It’ll also offer tastings of top-rated rums of the Caribbean and have foosball tables, shuffleboard tables and a jukebox.
Carnival’s announcement comes just two months after Norwegian Cruise Line won raves for the new pub on its latest ship, the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic. Dubbed O’Sheehan’s, the Epic’s pub serves up such items as fish-and-chips and pot pie as well as beers from the UK. Pubs also have been a big draw on the recent ships of Cunard Line.
In addition to a pub, Carnival today also announced plans for an Italian restaurant on the Carnival Magic called Cucina del Capitano (“The Captain’s Kitchen”). An homage to Carnival’s Italian lineage – all of the line’s captains are Italian and many Carnival ships, including Carnival Magic, are built in Italy – the eatery will serve home-made pastas, risotto and other Italian specialties.
A Carnival spokesperson tells USA TODAY there will be a per-item charge for food in the new pub, and the Italian restaurant also will come with an extra charge for dinner.
By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY
From dining with the chefs to design-your-own cupcakes and Indonesian tea time, there are many new and unique offerings at sea when it comes to cuisine.“There’s so much happening in food and beverage,” Frank Weber, Royal Caribbean’s vice president of food and beverage operations, said quite aptly.Over the past decade, celebrity chefs at sea have been the rage. These chefs, who are well-known for their restaurant(s) on land, generally influence key menu selections aboard ship and sail periodically with the cruise lines they represent. However, this trend has recently evolved into up-close-and-personal encounters with cruise lines’ top in-house chefs. Many cruise lines now offer variations of these “dine with the chef” dinner experiences. These exclusive dinners are offered each cruise, impose a surcharge greater than alternative restaurants at sea, and generally couple wines with sumptuous food.
Aboard Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, Dine with the Chefs is a six course dinner that pairs wine with the meal and is only offered once per cruise. According to Holland America Line’s Steve Kirsch, director of culinary operations, passengers especially like the interactive nature of this program since chefs prepare the food right in front of the guests.
“Choice” still is a very prevalent buzz word when it comes to cruise cuisine. This especially applies to options of “when” to eat dinner. This past year, Carnival Cruise Lines began rolling out the trendy new option of “Your Choice Dining” which offers open dinner seating in addition to assigned seating. According to Cyrus Marfatia, vice president of food and beverage for Carnival, generally 300 to 400 passengers choose this option per cruise but that number is growing.
There is no shortage of choice for dinner options on Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. The ship boasts 24 different places to eat and according to Weber, “the Oasis offers the most variety of any ship in the industry.”
There’ll also be plenty new dining venues on the Disney Dream when it debuts in January. This includes the Royal Palace, the ship’s formal restaurant. Taking off on the many classic Disney movies about princesses and princes, the restaurant “brings a royal feast to our guests,” said Ozer Balli, vice president of hotel operations.
Another trend is that passengers want to know more about their food. According to Tracy Jessop, product director for Cunard Line: “Sourcing information is growing in importance with travelers being more interested in ingredients, processes and inspirations behind the culinary and spirits offered on board.”
All cruise lines face the challenges of how to keep food consistent and made to order as the number of passengers increases due to the ever larger cruise ships being built. Cunard Line’s Chef Zimmermann said his goal is to cook for hundreds of onboard guests just as he would for a family of eight. He said he accomplishes this by “attention to detail, organization, and techniques that combine tradition and modernity.”
Chef executives, voiced that the guest experience is number one priority even when faced with economic pressures. He pointed out ways that Carnival manages food purchasing which include: “smart menu” management; team work shore side; and seeking value in the market.
Royal Caribbean also takes another niche seriously: healthy lifestyles. “One of my main efforts is to change the perception that you will gain weight on a ship,” said Weber. “Actually, the level of fresh, light preparation is very high,” he added. All meals are under 500 calories in Oasis’ Solarium bistro. All Royal Caribbean ships offer a three-course menu nightly in the main dining room that is 800 calories or less.Excerpted from the Summer 2010 Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine.
Whether it’s a girlfriend group, a church group, a family group or just a bunch of good friends – group cruising is the way to go!
-Everyone gets a great rate; your prices are locked in and won’t increase
-Eating, playing and relaxing together is the B E S T
-You can make monthly payments
-Practically everything’s included food, fun, activities, nightly entertainment, beverages (alcohol, soft drinks extra)
-It’s CHEAPER than you think – averages about $80-100 per person/per day depending on the time of year & cabin selected
-You’re not “stuck on a ship all day” you visit exotic islands, doing as little or many activities as you like
-You able to shop, snorkel, parasail, beach hop, explore or just relax and enjoy – it’s up to you
-Eight cabins is all you need to make a group
Call me to check rates and pricing
Jae Nelson, ACC
Accredited Cruise Counselor & Specialist
The Cruise Princess