Carnival Cruise Lines’ Latest Upgrades & Improvements

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Carnival Cruise Line's Triumph. (Photo credit Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines.)
Carnival Cruise Lines’ Triumph. (Photo credit Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines.)

Carnival Cruise Lines has added new features, programs, and itineraries, as well as new webinars for travel agents. Here’s a summary of a few of their latest upgrades and improvements.

Carnival Cruise Lines is offering 10- and 11-day cruises between Galveston and San Juan, visiting six Caribbean destinations on one itinerary.

Two 11-day cruises sailing from Galveston to San Juan Oct. 24, 2014 and Jan. 16, 2016; and two 10-day cruises from San Juan to Galveston embark Nov. 4, 2015 and Jan. 27, 2016. The longer itineraries feature Caribbean ports and are a first for Carnival’s Texas-based cruise program, which also includes year-round 4- and 5-day Mexico cruises, as well as 7-day Caribbean itineraries. Carnival is also offering Bonaire for the first time on 11-day cruises. Other rarely visited islands by Carnival ships on these itineraries include Antigua, Grenada and Martinique. The 11-day sailing on Carnival Triumph leaving from Galveston includes stops in Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Martinique, and St. Maarten with the trip ending in San Juan. The 10-day voyage leaving from San Juan goes to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, Grand Turk, and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay. Travelers can book back-to-back cruises for a longer getaway for a 3-week voyage roundtrip from Galveston.

For more information, call (800) 227-64825 or visit carnival.com.

Carnival Cruise's Seuss-a-palooza.
Carnival Cruise’s Seuss-a-palooza.

Carnival Freedom is undergoing a makeover this spring, adding the first-ever Bookville family reading venue, part of the Dr. Seuss at Sea program, as well as dining, bar, and entertainment, part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 initiative.

Bookville, a dedicated Seuss-themed play space is a place for families to get-together to unwind, read a book or participate in family-fun activities like arts and crafts, toys, and Dr. Seuss-inspired games. While on board, families can also take part in the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the “Cat in the Hat and Friends,” or participate in an interactive reading event—Seuss-a-palooza Story Time—as well as the Seuss-a-palooze Character Parade along the ship’s promenade. Bookville and other Seuss activities will be available by the May 24 departure date.

Other additions to the Fun Ship 2.0 include Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguanna Cantina, EA SPORTS Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Hasbro, The Game Show, Playlist Productions, Cherry on Top, RedFrog Pub, and The Warehouse.

Carnival Freedom’s itinerary from Fort Lauderdale includes two 5-day itineraries, one visiting Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman and the other stopping at Grand Turk, Nassau, and Half Moon Cay.

For more information, call (800) 327-9501 or visit goccl.com.

Carnival is bringing back its Commitment Series of travel agent webinars. The webinars highlight the company’s latest on-board innovations, including the features added as part of the Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program. It will also detail the new Carnival LIVE concert series; the Dr. Seuss at Sea program; and the American TABLE and the American FEAST dining initiatives. Each webinar will also feature an interview with Joni Rein, Carnival’s vice president of worldwide sales, as well as a member of the line’s senior management team. For more information, visit goccl.com.

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