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Carnival Cruises Announce Makeover of Carnival Triumph

clock 1st August 2018 | comment0 Comments

This well-loved, American cruise line has decided to give one of their classic ships something of a rejuvenation, in fact, a $200 million rejuvenation. Having been sailing since 1999, naturally, Carnival Cruises feel that the ship is due for a facelift, and with it will come a whole host of exciting new additions relating to onboard accommodation, dining, and activities. Find out more about what will be included in the makeover of Carnival Triumph.

 

 

Will Carnival Triumph have a New Name?

 

Yes. She will be joining Carnival Cruises’ Sunshine class, and a fitting new name will be attributed after she has been remodelled. She will enter a dry dock period in March 2019, in Cadiz, Spain, and will then return to the seas at the end of April after a naming ceremony, after which she’ll be known as Carnival Sunrise.

 

How will the accommodation on Carnival Triumph change?

 

All staterooms will benefit from a refit and will be decorated in bright colours and soft pastel hues reminiscent of the cruise line’s itineraries in the sunny islands of the Caribbean. As well as this, the two Captain’s Suites, in particular, will boast some stunning changes; for example, the windows will be floor-to-ceiling, offering the perfect view of the surrounding ocean.

 

How many new things will there be to do onboard?

 

Carnival Triumph already offers a great range of exciting onboard activities and pastimes, from the Dive-In movies to the waterslides and Seuss at Sea. But, in true Carnival Cruises fashion, more and more activities are being thought up all the time. Here are some of our favourite new options that will be found on Carnival Sunrise;

 

  • Serenity Adult-Only Retreat – ideal for when you need just a little ‘me-time’, and to relax in a perfectly tranquil setting complete with superb sea views.
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  • The Warehouse – a great space for letting go and having a laugh, where you can play a range of exhilarating video and arcade games with all the family.
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  • WaterWorks – cool down in this brilliant water park, under the drench bucket or zooming down the tunnel or twister slides.
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    What will be improved when it comes to dining?

     

    There will be some new restaurants brought onboard the ship, including some real Carnival Cruises favourites;

     

  • Lido Marketplace – for poolside snacks including lobster rolls, pizzas, and frozen yoghurt
  • Cherry on Top – a fun candy shop will all sorts of sweets and gifts
  • JavaBlue Café – a trendy coffee shop offering classics as alcoholic coffees
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse – a casual BBQ joint with al fresco seating
  • Cucina del Capitano – for delicious Italian meals in a family-style environment
  • The Chef’s Table – for an extra special evening with a number of courses
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse – for succulent steak and first class service
  • Bonsai Express – a popular venue serving a range of delicate sushi and sashimi
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    Will there be any new public lounges onboard?

     

    Yes, cruisers can expect a few new haunts in which to spend their evenings onboard. Enjoy a crisp beer or some of the Caribbean’s finest rums in the RedFrog Pub, or sing along with live entertainment in Piano Bar 88. Or, spend the whole night in the Limelight Lounge for some good comedy before it transforms into a nightclub, or head to the new, multi-purpose Liquid Lounge where you’ll find all kinds of entertainment day and night.

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    Exciting New Cruise Ships

    clock 21st March 2018 | comment0 Comments

    Many exciting new ships are on the horizon in the cruising world, and we can’t wait to get onboard each and every one. Find out more about some of the upcoming vessels that will be seen on shores all over the world within the next few years. 

    P&O Cruises: P&O Iona

     


    The Nation’s favourite cruise line has released details of their upcoming vessel that is scheduled to grace the seas in 2020. The design has a brilliant focus on the sea, with plenty of opportunities to view the surrounding, gorgeous ocean scenery. Some of the best features onboard will be:

    The Dome – an adaptable space that doubles up as a pool and a dining and entertainment venue, thanks to the retractable stage.

    The Atrium – a spectacular area with an elegant, grand staircase, and extensive art gallery. This will be a centre of entertainment and socialising for all to enjoy.

    The Lanai Deck – at half a mile long, guests can spend time here sunbathing, socialising, dining, and soaking up those beautiful views.

    Sign up here to register for more information about P&O Iona.

    MSC Cruises: MSC Seaview

     

     

    June 2018 will see MSC Seaview make her inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean, where she will spend the season before across the Atlantic to South America. The design of the ship seeks to place the sea at the centre of the guests’ attention, with ample chance to admire the view. There are panoramic glass elevators, glass-floored walkways, and the brilliant Bridge of Sighs – a glass-bottomed bridge located at the aft of the ship, at 40 metres above the sea.

    Other features onboard include MSC’s well-loved F1 simulators, a full-sized bowling alley, arcade games, a zip line, and 7 original West End style shows. As well as entertainment opportunities, there are a number of great places to dine. Butcher’s Cut for superb steak, Teppanyaki for a range of Asian cuisine, and Ocean Cay for creative seafood dishes are just a few of your choices.

    Carnival Cruises: Carnival Panorama

     


    This new Vista-class ship will be a sister to Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, and will boast a lot of the same fabulous onboard features;

  • The SkyRide – an elevated pedal-bike that enables riders to see a panoramic ocean view
  • WaterWorks Aqua Park – a family friendly water park with a range of slides and pools
  • Havana Cabana – a Cuban themed bar and pool area glowing with holiday atmosphere
  • Family Harbor – an enclosed area with family suites and a lounge
  • The ship will be able to accommodate up to 3,960 guests, and is due to grace shores in 2019. Carnival Panorama’s home port will be Long Beach, California, from where she will embark on sailings along the beautiful Mexican Riviera.

    Marella Cruises: Marella Explorer 2

     

     

    Marella Cruises’ latest addition has been superbly designed for its purpose as an adult-only ship. The prime social spot on Marella ships – The Veranda – is twice the size as on other ships, and will be the place for sunbathing, meeting fellow cruisers, and sipping on cocktails. Marella Explorer 2 will also boast the brilliant Champneys Spa onboard – a perfect venue for cruisers to relax and treat themselves to a little pampering.

    Cruisers can choose from destinations like Venice, Rome, Dubrovnik, Livorno, and Croatia among others; all fabulous places where it’s possible to indulge in delicious local food, learn about history and culture, or simply relax in a café by the water.

    Marella Explorer 2 will accommodate up to 1,814 guests, and 40% of its cabins will have balconies. This all-inclusive ship will surely provide many adults with the ideal holiday to escape and recharge.

    MSC Cruises: MSC Grandiosa

     

     

    MSC Grandiosa will debut in November of 2019, with a maiden season in the Mediterranean. Destinations including Valletta, Genoa, Barcelona, Rome, Palermo, and Marseille will all be featured on itineraries.

    Built to accommodate almost 6,300 passengers, it should come as no surprise to learn that MSC Grandiosa will be stock full of exciting and exhilarating things to do onboard. Some of our favourite features include:

  • 2 Exclusive Cirque du Soleil shows
  • A large, Mediterranean style promenade
  • L’Atelier – a new bar/lounge venue complete with dance floor and stage
  • 2 F1 Simulator cars
  • Guests will experience never a dull day on a cruise on this fantastic new ship, with these facilities paired with such memorable destinations.

    For more info on all new cruise ships coming out in future, check out our up-to-date blog!



    So You Think You Know the Caribbean?

    clock 1st February 2018 | comment0 Comments

    A well-known, highly popular cruising destination, many visitors to the Caribbean simply go to enjoy the pristine beaches and sunny weather. While relaxing in the Caribbean is of course a fantastic way to holiday, there is so much more to this part of the world just waiting to be discovered. Here are ten facts you might not know about the Caribbean.

    1. The sunny island of Barbados is reportedly the only foreign land that former US president George Washington ever visited. This was in 1751, when he was just 19, when he visited with his half-brother Lawrence, in order to try to ease Lawrence’s tuberculosis.

    2. The Caribbean is home to some of the world’s hottest chilli peppers. The famed Moruga Scorpion chilli is native to Trinidad; measuring more than 2 million on the Scoville scale, this is the world’s second hottest chilli – falling behind the California Reaper.

     

     

    3. The Caribbean Sea is one of the deepest seas in the world (discounting oceans). At 7,686 metres (25,220 feet) deep, it’s over 2,000 metres deeper than the Mediterranean Sea which measures in at 5,267 metres.

    4. Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten is renowned for its close proximity to Maho Beach. The beach has become a popular tourist attraction not only for its white sands and warm waters, but because tourists can sit and watch planes fly between just 100 and 200 feet or so overhead!

     

     

    5. While only around 26 of the Caribbean islands are widely recognised tourist destinations, there are actually over 7,000 islands in the archipelago! The largest is Cuba, and the smallest inhabited island is thought to be Saba, which is just 13km2.

    6. Beautiful St Lucia boasts many stunning things to see and do, but one of the most unique is the drive-in volcano. Known as Sulpher Springs, or Soufriere Volcano, it’s possible to drive right up to the crater and see the exhilarating volcanic action for yourself.

     

     

    7. Although the English, French, Dutch, and Spanish have all had Caribbean colonies over the years, it was originally just the Spanish who settled there - after Christopher Columbus discovered the land in 1492. Other nations took control after the collapse of the Spanish Empire in the 17th century.

    8. The warm climes of the Caribbean make for a great environment for various produce to grow. The main exports from this part of the world are bananas, sugar, coffee, and coconuts. Fuel, tobacco, and rum are also exported all over the world from the Caribbean islands.

     

     

    9. Those interested in modern aviation are in for a treat in Barbados. One of British Airway’s retired Concorde jets remains in their Grantley Adams International Airport, and it’s possible for tourists to go and see this majestic plane.

    10. The Caribbean is well-known for the prominence of pirates throughout history. It’s likely that most islands would have seen some activity, but the three main hives were Tortuga Island (close to Haiti), Port Royal in Jamaica, and Nassau in the Bahamas.

     

     

    On a cruise to the Caribbean, be sure to get chatting with locals and no doubt you’ll discover plenty more interesting facts and secrets about the islands. Stay in touch on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you find out!

    Cruising in the Caribbean with Carnival Cruises

     

    There is a wealth of choice when it comes to who to cruise with for a holiday in the Caribbean, but if you’re travelling with family, Carnival Cruises could be a great option for you.

     

    With more than twenty ships to choose from, and a fantastic array of Caribbean itineraries, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect cruise for all of you. From fun and exhilarating kids activities, to fine dining, and spectacular entertainment, there will be never a dull moment onboard.

     

     

     

    Our highlights of a Caribbean Cruise with Carnival Cruises include the Waterworks Park, which boasts some thrilling waterslides for children and big kids, the delicious New England style Seafood Shack restaurant and the hilarious Lip-Sync Battle contests!

    With so many of their ships sailing in the Caribbean, Carnival Cruises have become experts in this part of the world. As such, they know just which areas to take cruisers for them to see all the best places. There is a fantastic range of Caribbean excursions that can be done with Carnival, from active options like horse riding on the beaches of Antigua or a jeep adventure in Curacao, to relaxing in the hot springs of Dominica.



    25 free things to do on a Carnival cruise

    clock 10th May 2017 | comment0 Comments

     

    Updated June 2019

     

    To describe Carnival Cruise Line in a nutshell, all we really need to say is that they are all about fun for all, all for fun. Whether onboard or offshore, Carnival ensure that the fun-loving holiday spirit keeps flowing...starting as soon as you step onboard for the Sail Away Party. Boasting some of the largest ships at sea, you'll never be caught short of something to do - what's more is that so much is included! We summarise some of the best free things to do below.*

     

    Family fun onboard Carnival

     

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    Sail Away Party

    Carnival know how to get the vacation going right, and by right we mean a Sail Away Party. These events are full of energy and if you aren’t in the holiday spirit before, you will be afterwards.

    Water activities


    Mid ship pools are a great place to relax and watch the big screen or on most Carnival ships, there’s a second pool catching the breeze at the aft of the ship. Waterworks, the onboard waterpark will have you and the kids showing nothing but exhilaration on your faces as you zoom, splish and splash the day away.

     

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    Dive-in movies

    Settle in for a night at the cinema from the comfort of the poolside lounge chairs or even the pool. With movies of different themes such as action, comedy and date night and plenty of blankets and popcorn to go round, we wouldn’t recommend you pass up a starry evening under the stars.

    SkyRide

    Ever thought you could say that you went on a bike ride high above deck on a ship? This is only possible on Carnival Vista. Open to all of the family; why not compete against each other as you zip safely around the suspended course that’s equipped with an epic view.

     

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    SkyCourse

    How are you with heights? The onboard ropes course is a fun way to take on a challenge you wouldn’t come across in everyday life. Of course you’ll be safely strapped in, so why not test your abilities and brave the SkyCourse.

     

    Hasbro Game Show

    Put your gaming skills to the test in an onstage competition against other cruisers. With games such as CONNECT 4 BASKETBALL, SIMON FLASH and OPERATION SAM DUNK, have fun teaming up with the family to win great prizes.

     

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    CLUE: The Murder Mystery


    Like the original but with a seafaring twist, the ship is your gameboard and the suspects have come alive. To play, just collect your free CLUE Case File and visit the scheduled events onboard to see the story unfold as you cruise. The captain is offering a unique reward to the all important answer, whodunit?

    Lip sync battle

    Carnival will provide the choreographers, music, lighting, probs as well as back up dancers to help you defeat the competition as you channel your inner idols. Think you have what it takes?

     

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    Mini-golf

    A great day activity for mini-golfers, big or small; mini-golf courses are available on all Carnival ships.



    Ball games

    Nothing like the sea breeze as you take part in a game of basketball, volleyball or dodgeball!

     

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    Stage productions and comedy shows

    Designed to razzle and dazzle, the crowd-thrilling stage shows feature a host of talented performers including singers, musicians and dancers. Enjoy performances such as Latin Nights, Divas and the arena-shaking Epic Rock. Also on offer is The Punchliner Comedy Club, with stand-up acts from the pros who know how to instill a little laughter to the evening. Come along with the family for a more PG performance or adults can enjoy some not so PG performances later into the night. 


    Trivia

    Always a popular event, trivia is fun for all the family.

    Activities for kids & teens


    Camp Ocean

    Designed for 2 -11 year olds, Camp Ocean has enough to keep even the most restless of children occupied for the duration of the cruise. Placed into supervised age-appropriate groups, campers can enjoy activities ranging from Musical Icebergs to Pirate Game Night and Marine Life Trivia.

     

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    Seuss at Sea

    Exclusive to Carnival, the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss comes to life onboard select ships. Seuss-A-Palooza Story Time, Seuss-A-Palooza Parade and Dr. Seuss Bookville are all included for everyone’s enjoyment. Join the characters you love in a spirited procession as you stream down the deck and let the kids spend the afternoon at Dr. Seuss Bookville for story time or quiet time – the shelves are filled brim for hours of fun reading!



    Kids’ party time

    As soon as you set onboard it’s party time on Carnival, and this doesn’t have to be any different for the kids. Carnival arrange for the kids to get to know each other straight away with a Welcome Aboard Party. They’ll also get a send-off to remember with a Farewell Party.

     

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    Teens’ party time

    For many teens, part of the fun of a holiday is meeting new friends to hang out with. Carnival makes sure that there are plenty of parties in the social calendar including the Red Carpet Party, Mexican Fiesta and Dress to Impress Party.



    Club O2

    On top of the dedicated teen parties, 15 – 17 year olds actually have their own club to hang out in. Watching movies, listening to music, joining karaoke sessions and more can be enjoyed here.

     

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    Teen & kids digital play

    Just like a great holiday, gaming allows players to briefly escape real life, but it’s not the antisocial kind of activity it can be thought to be. The separate teen & kids’ digital play areas allow them to play, cooperate, compete and most importantly have fun together.

     

    Activities or the adults


    Adult-only retreat

    You don’t have to sacrifice blissful adult retreats in order to make sure you book a cruise with exceptional kids' facilities onboard. Well-appointed with hammocks, day beds and more, the adult-only retreat is the perfect place to reconnect with your partner, read your holiday picks or simply do absolutely nothing at all.

    Cooking demonstration

    If you love the food onboard then why not learn from the chefs themselves as they perform an hour long presentation (taste tests included). Make sure to get there early as this event fills up fast!

     

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    Art exhibitions, seminars and games

    Take the Art 101 lecture series to increase your spectrum of knowledge of the vibrant world. From enlightening seminars to art games, you'll be sure to leave more enriched about art than ever before.

     

    Mixologist competition 

    Do you have your own signature concoction or just see yourself as the queen or king of cocktails? Why not test the competition; winning cocktails will be available to enjoy at selected bars throughout the ship!

     

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    Fitness centre & sky fitness

    For anyone not wanting to leave their fitness routine on land, the well-equipped centre is a great place to let out some steam while you have all of this extra time on your hands. And on selected Carnival ships, there’s Sky Fitness outside on the top of the ship, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more perfect backdrop for a workout…



    Nightclub

    Carnival’s resident DJ’s will be playing the latest hits as well as the golden oldies guaranteed to have you out of your seat. When the bars close, you can be sure the nightclub stays open till the early hours. Make sure to come along on a themed night!

     

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    Dance classes

    If you’re going to be partying in the nightclub till the early hours, you might want to take advantage of the complimentary dance classes to smooth out those rusty moves and put you in the dancing mood.



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    *Some activities are only available on select Carnival ships, if there are any activities of particular interest, please check with the sales agent before booking.



    Find your American Dream with a Cruise and Stay

    clock 27th October 2016 | comment0 Comments

     

    Updated October 2017

    When it comes to bucket list holiday destinations, North America often ranks quite highly, and with a collection of cities and states offering a wide range of experiences, it’s easy to see why. The stunning east coast, the deep south, and beautiful northeastern region of New England, there is something special and unique about every place. You can find different foods, dialects, traditions, and even climate in this vast country. Find your American dream with a cruise and stay in one of North America’s captivating cities, here’s our top 5 for starters!

    Orlando – For Fun

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    Home to world-renowned theme parks such as Walt Disney World®, Universal Studios Orlando®, SeaWorld® and more, Orlando is an epicentre of fun. A destination bursting at the seams with activities and things to do, Orlando is ideal for families, couples, singles, and just about anyone looking for a good time. Full days and even overnight stays can be enjoyed in the theme parks, whilst outside these magical walls there are also opportunities for wildlife encounters, sporting events, thrilling adventures with zip lines, Broadway style musicals, and not forgetting the famous International Drive for shopping.

    Miami – For Sun

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    Miami sits on Florida’s southeastern tip, and dazzles in the light of America’s sunshine state. Good vibes and laid back lifestyles are unavoidable here, with plenty of beaches and reasons to be outside. Cuban influences add some Caribbean soul and the achingly cool Art Deco district sets an iconic scene for great holiday snaps. South Beach is a real buzz of activity with entertainers, skaters and rollerblades, and when the sun sets the neon nightlife wakes up for those inviting Miami nights.

    New York – For Shopping

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    Everything seems grander in New York City, and the same can definitely be said for the shopping. Whether it’s the glowing luxury designer boutiques on Fifth Avenue, huge department stores like Macy’s, or the thrift shops and flea markets of Brooklyn, you’ll want to set some spending money aside for your time here. Find fashion, art, technology and more, and fuel your days with delicious dishes from the famous New York delis.

    Las Vegas - For Nightlife

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    Las Vegas stays awake for all-night party fun, and provides a fantasy land for hedonistic escapism. Sin City sits in the Nevada desert calling all night owls for endless entertainment and after dark amusement. The extensive hotels and brightly lit casinos are buzzing day and night with attractions, live shows, and things to do. Whilst the nightclubs come in all shapes and sizes -  from stunning rooftop locations, to poolside parties.

    Memphis – For Music

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    A stay in Memphis is a must for any music fans passing through the deep south of North America. Known as the home of blues music, and the birthplace for rock’n roll, Memphis has amazing history, and to this day is still a major music centre. Fans of Elvis will love a trip to Graceland or a visit to Sun Records, the main source of inspiration for the popular West End production - Million Dollar Quartet.



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