Archive for August, 2010
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!
Re-entry into normal life is always hard after a holiday and even more so after the luxury and pampering of a cruise.
You’ve been back from your cruise a day and already missing those sunset sailaways, beautiful beaches, gentle jazz piano or nightly banter with your waiters?
So here are ten ways to tell you haven’t quite made it back to reality!
When you’re ready to cruise again- contact me!
Jae Nelson, ACC
The Cruise Princess
from: John Heald’s blog of Carnival Cruise Lines
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
To take advantage of the “funtastic” rates listed below, bookings must be made between August 25th, 2010 and August 27th, 2010. To book, contact me The Cruise Princess.
Ship Dur Port Sail Date Itinerary Interior Ocean View Balcony
Carnival Triumph 4 MSY 11/04/10 Western Caribbean $259 $329 $379
Carnival Glory 5 CHS 11/01/10 Freeport & Nassau $349 $429 $539
Carnival Conquest 7 GAL 11/21/10 Western Caribbean $519 $659 $789
Carnival Freedom 8 FLL 12/04/10 Eastern Caribbean $519 $619 $799
Carnival Miracle 8 FLL 11/19/10 Exotic S. Caribbean $609 $759 $829
* Given the close-in booking window for these hot deals, these rates are non-refundable.
* Cruise rates are in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy,
* Government taxes and fees varies from $21.46 to $102.16 additional for each guest based on itinerary.
* Full payment is required at the time of booking for all guests to secure confirmed accommodations.
* Offer is valid for new individual bookings only made between 8/25/10-8/27/10.
* Offer is applicable in guarantee categories IS/OV/BL only. Carnival will assign the stateroom at a later time.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association, here are some great safety, health and environmental facts for you cruise lovers or wanna be’s:
Facts at a Glance
- The cruise line industry generated $40 billion to the U.S. economy in 2008.
- In 2008, the industry created more than 357,000 jobs in the U.S.
- Each cruise ship has more than 60 safety, environmental and health inspections each year.
- The U.S. Coast Guard inspects all cruise ships in the U.S. to certify compliance with federal and international regulations.
- In 2008, CLIA ships received an average Center for Disease Control sanitation score of just above 97, surpassing the minimum inspection score of 85.
- Cruise line waste management and recycling programs are more stringent than those in most cities and ports.
Nine out of 10 outbreaks of norovirus take place at land-based locations, such as schools, daycare centers, hospitals and nursing homes.