When you think of cruising most people think about leaving from South Florida, Seattle, or perhaps a large city in Europe. There are many other ports out of which you can cruise, and recently Carnival announced they’re greatly increasing their capacity at some of them. We look at why this is important, and what we think it might say about the popularity of cruising as well as the economy... Read more about Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.
Continuing to build momentum in a quickly changing world of alternative-fueled ships, Carnival Cruise Line has signed another in a series of agreements today with Shell to be their supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for North America's first fully LNG powered cruise ships. The ships will be largest for the cruise line, at 180,000 gross tons, and due to sail in 2020 and 2022. They'll be fueled through Shell's LNG Bunker Barge (LBB). The LBB was recently announced as part of a plan to develop a global LNG bunkering network (bunkering is a nautical term referring to fueling-up ships) to support the growing number of LNG-powered ships being constructed, allowing them to refuel along the south-eastern US coast... Read more about Carnival Signs Agreement with Shell to Supply LNG for next Generation Ships - LNG Bunker Barges and More
In an industry-first move, Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a program which allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments. Traditionally, guests have had to make a deposit and then pay the balance before final payment day. This new program allows guests to not only spread out these payments, but do so automatically so they can both budget easily and avoid a missed opportunity to sail because of forgotten payments. Here's how it works... Read more about Carnival EasyPay Is a Simple Payment Plan for Your Next Cruise
Today at a ceremony in Freeport, officials with Carnival Cruise Line and the Bahamian government signed an agreement to build a record-breaking cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. This port will be the largest purpose-built cruise facility ever built in The Bahamas and will be funded and operated by Carnival Cruise Line. While the exact location has not yet been announced, it will include a one-mile stretch of beach, food, beverage and shopping outlets, an array of water-based amenities and other recreational facilities. Importantly, the port will also feature a pier capable of accommodating two of Carnival’s largest cruise ships simultaneously and can expect to see up to 1 million guests a year... Read more about Carnival Cruise Line Signs on to Build Largest Cruise Port in the Bahamas on Grand Bahama Island
This weekend we were lucky enough to enjoy several hours on Carnival Vista, Carnival's newest ship. There will be lots to digest here, but I'll tell you this much - we are truly impressed. In last week's post we pointed to seven things we were looking forward to on the Vista, and they all delivered. This 133.5K gross ton cruise ship offers up many great options not found on other Carnival ships and it's hard to try and take it all in on a three hour visit but we sure tried. In this review, which we're guessing will take us three rounds, we'll share some of what we saw, experienced, and tasted. Just typing this made us hungry, so we're going to start off talking about dining on the Carnival Vista... Read more about Our Visit to The Carnival Vista - Part I, Dining on Carnival Vista
There are few things as exciting as exploring a new cruise ship, especially one that breaks the mold and brings new ideas to sea. Getting to share that exploration with you on the site and via social media makes our upcoming visit to the Carnival Vista all the more exciting. Be sure you're following us on Periscope, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and reach out if there is something you'd like to see onboard. As we prepare for this visit, let's take a quick look at seven things we look forward to seeing on the Carnival Vista... Read more about Seven Things We're Looking Forward to Seeing on the Carnival Vista
Imagine you walk into a port ready to cruise and you're greeted by name. The check-in process you're used to has transformed into a seamless stroll onto the ship. Once onboard every crew member knows your preferences, you never have to unlock your door or turn on a light, and the idea of handing over a card for a purchase seems pedestrian and laborious. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Carnival Corporation announced their new Ocean Medallions, which promise just this on your next cruise experience Read more about Carnival's Ocean Medallions - Tech, service, and likely some skeptical passengers.