Carnival’s #ChooseFun Airship To Soon Fly Over Las Vegas & Phoenix

February 1, 2019.

Kicks Off Sweepstakes, Continues #ChooseFun Social Media Campaign Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

After completing its successful month-long tour of California to celebrate the arrival of the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast, Carnival Cruise Line’s #ChooseFun AirShip is extending its journey by taking to the skies over Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona.

The airship will begin a five-day tour of Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 2,  with aerial visits to major attractions and including the Las Vegas Strip as well as travel agent events.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the airship will arrive in Phoenix for a five-day flyover of the city through Sunday, Feb. 17.

In conjunction with the extended West Coast tour, Carnival is hosting a sweepstakes where consumers have a chance to win a free cruise as well as additional prizes each week when they enter at carnival.com/choosefun.

And there’s never an end date to raising money for a great cause – continuing the charity component of the AirShip’s month-long flyover, for anyone who takes a picture of the AirShip and posts it on social media with the hashtag #ChooseFun, Carnival will make a $2 donation to its longtime charity partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® up to a maximum donation of $20,000.

Last month, the AirShip made its West Coast debut gaining the attention of tens of thousands of consumers across California in anticipation of the arrival of Carnival Panorama to Long Beach, Calif. in December – the first new Carnival ship homeported on the West Coast in 20 years and the world’s first ship to have a trampoline park at sea, in partnership with Sky Zone.  Carnival Panorama will debut with a special three-day inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by the launch of year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings on Dec. 14, 2019.

Carnival Airship Begins Month-Long Tour Of California

December 31, 2018.

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 brings you and yours happiness and hopefully some fun cruising.

Carnival is kicking things off  with a year-long celebration welcoming the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast.   Carnival Cruise Line’s popular Carnival AirShip makes its aerial debut in Southern California.

Inviting everyone to “Choose Fun,” the 120-foot-long AirShip will fly over and visit culture and entertainment locations across the state throughout January including The Rose Parade: A Showcase of Floats on Jan. 2 as well as sporting events; local schools; Carnival’s homeports in Long Beach on Jan. 5, San Diego on Jan. 13 and San Francisco on Jan. 25; travel agent viewing parties; and select Sky Zone trampoline park locations, Carnival Panorama’s newest announced attraction, starting with the Anaheim location on Jan 11.

In conjunction with the AirShip’s California tour, consumers have a chance to win a free cruise as well as additional prizes each week throughout the month of January that give them a taste of Carnival fun when they enter the AirShip Sweepstakes at carnival.com/choosefun.

The AirShip also creates the opportunity to raise money for a great cause. For anyone who takes a picture of the AirShip and posts it on social media with the hashtag #ChooseFun, Carnival will make a $2 donation to its longtime charity partner St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® up to a maximum donation of $20,000.

This past summer, the AirShip made its inaugural journey in the southeast U.S. to celebrate the arrival of new ships in multiple homeports. It proved to be popular on social and news media channels as well as with thousands of cruise fans who posted photos on their own social media platforms.

Carnival Panorama will debut with a special three-day inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by the launch of year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera sailings on Dec. 14, 2019. The ship joins Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration to carry upwards of 600,000 guests annually from the West Coast.

Carnival To Offer First-Ever Voyages From San Francisco – Plus A Return To San Diego In Winter 2020-21

December 18, 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line today announced that for the first time, it will offer a series of cruises from San Francisco, with Carnival Miracle operating a schedule that includes four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico in 2020.

Following strong reception to a previously announced program from San Diego in 2019, Carnival Miracle will also return to the port for a winter 2020-21 schedule of three- to 15-day voyages.

These deployments further bolster Carnival Cruise Line’s position as the West Coast cruise leader, carrying more passengers than any other cruise operator. That number will continue to increase with the debut of Carnival Panorama from Long Beach in December 2019, the first new Carnival ship on the West Coast in 20 years.

With the addition of San Francisco, Carnival operates from 19 North American homeports.  Roughly half of the U.S. population is within a five-hour drive of a Carnival homeport.

Carnival’s Inaugural Schedule from San Francisco

Carnival’s schedule from San Francisco kicks off March 19, 2020, aboard Carnival Miracle, and will include four-day long weekend voyages to Ensenada departing Thursdays and returning Mondays throughout the spring and summer, as well as five-day and six-day cruises to Ensenada, Catalina Island and San Diego in the spring.

The ship will also offer a summer schedule of 10-day Alaska cruises round-trip from San Francisco featuring destinations including Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point as well as opportunities to visit Sitka and cruise Tracy Arm Fjord.  There’s also a special one-time 11-day Alaska cruise departing Aug. 9, 2020.

Longer Length Voyages

A 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruise round-trip from San Francisco departs April 16, 2020, calling at destinations including Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai, as well as a stop in Ensenada.

Prior to its West Coast deployment, Carnival Miracle will offer a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal transit March 2-19, 2020, calling at Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; and Limon, Costa Rica prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by calls at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Carnival Journeys cruises offer unique local culinary and entertainment experiences as well as special activities, including a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day.

Winter Schedule from San Diego

Carnival Miracle will operate a winter schedule of voyages from San Diego beginning Oct. 4, 2020.  The program includes convenient three-day getaways to Ensenada, four-day sailings to Ensenada and Catalina Island, and five-day departures that spend two full days in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

Also offered are four 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruises round-trip from San Diego departing Oct. 16 and Nov. 28, 2020, and Jan. 9 and Feb. 20, 2021.  Featured ports include Hilo, Kona, Kauai (Nawiliwili), Maui (Kahului) and Honolulu, as well as stop in Ensenada, providing guests with a variety of landside experiences in this tropical Polynesian paradise.

Princess Cruises Begins 100 Day Countdown to Royal Princess Arrival In Los Angeles

December 13, 2018.

In just 100 days, the Port of Los Angeles will welcome  Royal Princess  – taking guests to Mexico, the California Coast and Alaska.  The ship just completed a multi-million-dollar refurbishment including several new features and offer West Coasters convenient, round-trip Los Angeles cruises starting March 23, 2019.

Things Added During The Renovation:

Princess Luxury Bed – available in every stateroom aboard Royal Princess, the Princess Luxury Bed was developed by Princess Cruises in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus. The plush bed offers the ultimate night of sleep at sea combining the science of sleep with the pinnacle of design and recently received the highest ranking for “Best Cruise Ship Beds” by Cruise Critic.  (yes, there’s even an award for cruise ship beds)

Lotus Spa & Fitness Center –  new equipment is now available in salon and treatment rooms and the latest in fitness machines is now available.

In addition, Royal Princess has new production shows  in the Princess Theater:

The Secret Silk – the newest production show developed in partnership with award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin” – Stephen Schwartz.

Encore – inspired by the cruise line’s “Bravo!” and accompanied by an  onstage orchestra, “Encore” celebrates the traditions of pop, opera and musical theater. The show was directed and choreographed by Disney Channel Creative Director Danny Teeson, with musical direction by Academy Awards® Arranger Nelson Kole and set design by Emmy® award-winner John Iacovelli.

Royal Princess West Coast Itineraries, Dates and Special Promotions

Royal Princess will sail on a series of cruises from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to the Mexican Riviera with port calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Inaugural spring 2019 voyages include:

· March 23, 2019

· March 30, 2019

· April 6, 2019

·April 13, 2019

·April 20, 2019

·April 27, 2019

Royal Princess will sail up the Pacific Coast on a seven-day Coastal voyage departing May 4, 2019 to Vancouver to begin her maiden voyages to Alaska.

The Alaska season begins on May 11, 2019 and Royal Princess will offer 18 “Voyage of the Glaciers,” seven-day cruises, sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage (Whittier) with port stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway with scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, plus an additional glacier viewing experience at either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. Guests can also spend time in the interior of Alaska with a variety of cruisetour offerings, with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges and visit Denali National Park. A recognized leader in Alaska, hosting more guests to the Great Land than other cruise line, 2019 marks 50 years of cruising to this bucket-list destination.

Royal Princess will depart Vancouver on September 14, 2019 on a three-day Coastal cruise, returning to Los Angeles on September 17, 2019 to offer a 12-day roundtrip cruise to Alaska, including Glacier Bay National Park. September 29, 2019 marks the return of Royal Princess to Los Angeles for cruises to the Mexican Riviera with several five-, seven- and 10-day options; seven-day California Coastal cruises and shorter four-day West Coast Getaway voyages, visiting Catalina Island.

Now through Dec. 31, 2018, Princess Cruises is offering a special “Anniversary Sale” including cruises and cruisetours to all destinations sailing from February 2019 – May 2020. The sale includes the following perks:

  • Gratuities – paid on behalf of each guest, up to a $15.50 value per day per guest for all guests in a stateroom, up to four.
  • Up to $800 per Stateroom to Spend Onboard – based on the cruise length, guests booking an interior or oceanview stateroom will receive up to $400 per stateroom to spend during their cruise vacation. Those booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite will be given up to $800 per stateroom.

 

Carnival Airship Coming To California For A Month-Long Tour

December 10, 2018.

The Carnival Airship floats near the Carnival Vista Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, off Miami Beach. Following a two-day cruise, Horizon is to kick off kicks off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from PortMiami beginning Saturday, Sept. 22. The 128-foot-long red, white, and blue blimp is traveling the southeast to promote ship deployments in several key markets including in Miami. Vista is repositioning to Galveston, Texas, to sail on Western Caribbean cruises. The blimp and the ship are emblazoned with “Choose Fun” stern signage promoting the line’s newest marketing campaign. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

Look up in the sky! You could win prizes including a free cruise.  As part of the year-long celebration welcoming the new Carnival Panorama to the West Coast, Carnival Cruise Line today announced that its #ChooseFun AirShip will return with a month-long journey across California, launching on Dec. 31 in conjunction with the line’s first-ever Rose Parade float on New Year’s Day.

The 120-foot Carnival AirShip will travel throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties and then to Northern California, heralding the December 2019 launch of Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Panorama and inviting everyone to “Choose Fun.” The AirShip will fly over major cultural events and venues including The Rose Parade: A Showcase of Floats and sporting events, as well as visit schools, Carnival’s home ports in Long Beach and San Diego, travel agent viewing parties, and select trampoline park locations of Sky Zone, Carnival Panorama’s newest all-ages attraction.  The AirShip will also be incorporated into the design of the Carnival Cruise Line float which will sail in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

In conjunction with AirShip’s aerial tour of California, consumers will have a chance to win prizes that give them a taste of Carnival fun, including a Carnival cruise for two, when they enter the sweepstakes that begins on Dec. 31. Details on the sweepstakes will be announced later this month.

Additionally, for those who take a picture of the blimp using the hashtags #ChooseFun and #JumpIntoFun, inspired by the first-ever Sky Zone at sea on Carnival Panorama, Carnival will make a donation to one of its favorites charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Carnival AirShip made its inaugural journey this past summer when it toured the southeast U.S. in August and September to celebrate the arrival of new ships in multiple home ports.  The AirShip proved to be a popular topic on social and news media channels, as well as with thousands of cruise fans who posted photos of the blimp on their own social media profiles.

Carnival Panorama will debut with a special three-day inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by the launch of year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera service on Dec. 14, 2019. The ship joins Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration to carry upwards of 600,000 guests annually from the West Coast

Year-Long Celebration for California-Based Carnival Panorama Begins at Rose Parade

November 26, 2018.

Carnival Cruise Line will kick off its 2019 West Coast expansion plans on New Year’s Day with its first-ever float in the Rose Parade.  The float is just the beginning of a year-long celebration of its first new ship to homeport in California in 20 years, Carnival Panorama, which will arrive in December 2019.

As it prepares for the arrival of Carnival Panorama in Long Beach next December, Carnival will preview a floral replica of the ship to 700,000 spectators on hand to view the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, as well as a worldwide television audience of more than 80 million parade fans.  The float will include many of the signature features of Carnival’s ships – including the red and blue funnel, a water park and Lido Deck party – as well as the line’s newest fun feature, and first-ever trampoline park at sea, in partnership with Sky Zone.

Sky Zone Boston

Comprised of tens of thousands of flower petals meticulously applied by hand, the 55-foot-long float will sail the five-mile parade route and show off signature touches, such as flowers from more than 100 countries to represent the number of nations that Carnival employees hail from, snorkelers enjoying a shore excursion, and a RedFrog and a BlueIguana from their namesake poolside watering holes.  Additionally, as a replica of the Carnival AirShip flies over the float, fitness enthusiasts will be jumping into the fun on a Sky Zone trampoline built directly into the front of the float.

Celebrating its role as the cruise line that carries the most military personnel, the float also salutes the brave men and women of the Armed Forces with a special appearance by Former Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, godmother of Carnival Panorama’s sister ship, Carnival Vista, and the first active member of the military to serve as Miss USA. Every Carnival cruise includes a special onboard tribute to honor guests that have served or currently serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Designed by Carnival’s in-house creative team and Fiesta Parade Floats, construction of the maritime marvel will begin in mid-November and is expected to encompass 10 designers collectively working hundreds of hours. This year’s Rose Parade is themed “The Melody of Life” and Carnival will encourage parade fans to “Come Sail Away.”

Carnival Panorama will debut with a special three-day inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by the launch of year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera service on Dec. 14, 2019.  The ship joins Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration to carry upwards of 600,000 guests annually from the West Coast – more than any other cruise operator.

Princess Cruises 2019-2020 California Coast Sailings

June 27, 2018.

Cruises that visit U.S. ports are unique and they have a distinctively different feel to them that I like.  Princess Cruises has been a leader for them on the west coast and they continue this effort in 2019-2020 with itineraries visiting Monterey, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Diego.

Highlights for the 2019-2020 season include the introduction of one of the line’s newest ships to the California Coast, Royal Princess, for her first full season based in Los Angeles. Royal Princess will offer nine coastal departures including the Classic California Coast itinerary. Royal Princess itineraries offer guests a variety of More Ashore opportunities, allowing guests to spend more time in port , as well as the opportunity to enjoy evenings in San Francisco and San Diego.

As the only cruise line to sail year-round out of San Francisco, Princess offers Grand Princess sailing along the west coast once again in 2019. San Francisco departures for the season include a new five-day West Coast Getaway itinerary featuring a late night departure in San Diego, and a call to Ensenada, Mexico (to comply with the Passenger Vessel Services Act).  The ship will also offer two variations of coastal sailings including the Classic California Coast itinerary featuring More Ashore late night calls in Los Angeles and San Diego, and the Pacific Northwest Coast itinerary featuring More Ashore late night calls in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Star Princess will make her return to the west coast in 2019 featuring departures from Seattle and Vancouver. Itineraries include a seven-day Northern California Coast sailing from Seattle with late night calls in San Francisco and Victoria,Canada and a 10-day Coastal sailing from Vancouver with a late night call in Los Angeles and overnight stay in San Francisco.

Other west coast cruises offered in 2019 include six or seven-day Pacific Wine Country voyages between Los Angles and Vancouver aboard Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Star Princess, and Island Princess. For those guests with less time to get away, Princess also offers shorter coastal sailings of less than five days on eight ships in the region.

Princess has also developed enhanced shore excursion offerings in collaboration with Bill Esparza, noted author and leading expert on Latin American cuisine. Guests sailing the California coast are invited to sample local cuisine, specifically focused on the Latin American influence in California. Esparza has developed exclusive culinary shore excursions for Princess in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Ensenada. In addition, Princess offers excursions to the California wine country, visiting local vineyards and winemakers throughout the region.

More details about California Coast offerings can be found at https://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/california-coastal-cruises/

Princess Cruises Unveils 2019-20 Mexico Voyages

 June 1, 2018.

Princess Cruises will again be bringing the flavors and fun of Mexico in 2019 and 2020.  The cruise line  has more experience in this market than any other line, with more than 50 years of experience sailing the region.

Highlights for the 2019-2020 season include the introduction of one of the line’s newest ships to Mexico, Royal Princess, for her first full season based in Los Angeles. Royal Princess will offer 27 total departures including seven-day Mexico itineraries, plus opportunities offering guests more time in port with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas on every 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailing.

As the only cruise line to sail year-round out of San Francisco, Princess also offers Grand Princess roundtrip 10-day Mexico itineraries in 2019. Star Princess will make her return to the west coast in 2019 as well, featuring 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez with roundtrip departures out of Los Angeles with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas.

Developed in collaboration with Bill Esparza, noted author and leading expert on Latin American cuisine, the line’s enhanced shore excursion offerings along the west coast take guests off the beaten path, on culinary excursions featuring the local flavors of the region. Esparza has developed the culinary shore excursions for Princess in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

You can check out the Princess Mexico itineraries at this link.

Carnival Bringing Brand New Ship To Revitalized Long Beach Cruise Terminal

February 10, 2018.

 

Carnival Cruise Line today announced several initiatives designed to bolster its leadership position on the West Coast: the deployment of Carnival Panorama to Long Beach in 2019 – the first new Carnival ship based in Southern California in 20 years; the grand re-opening of its 146,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Long Beach Cruise Terminal, and a multi-million-dollar port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, that will provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences ashore.

Carnival Panorama to the West Coast
In 2019, Carnival will make history when it deploys its third Vista-class ship, the 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, on seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, providing an exciting new seagoing vacation option to this vital and fast-growing market.

Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will include venues offering both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi, along with open-air attractions like the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area.

Also featured will be a vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations, the Family Harbor Lounge, and Ocean Plaza, a spacious dining and entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor seating. Other innovations unique to Carnival Panorama will be announced in the near future.

Reservations for Carnival Panorama are expected to open in late March 2018. Additional information on Carnival Panorama is available at www.carnival.com/carnivalpanorama.

Expanded and Redesigned New Long Beach Cruise Terminal
Carnival’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal – the busiest in North America with ships docking five days a week representing a 70% utilization rate – has been operated by Carnival since 2003 and encompasses the world’s largest, free-span geodesic dome originally built to house also Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose plane and served as the location for many famous Hollywood movies.

With the expansion, Carnival is now utilizing 100% of the dome, up from a portion, for its operations. The renovation of the Long Beach Cruise Terminal more than doubles the size of the facility’s space while dramatically enhancing the overall passenger experience and operational flow. It also includes the expansion of portside shore power to enable larger ships to plug into the local electric grid, reducing exhaust emissions while docked.

The terminal’s striking design features California’s recognizable landmarks, bringing indoors the state’s iconic natural elements, including a backdrop of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. In a nod to the dome’s former tenant, a replica of the Spruce Goose hangs from above, as well as the original model of the plane used in the 2004 movie, “The Aviator.” The dome also includes the cruise industry’s first 1980s-style arcade which is available for families to enjoy.

Arrival of Carnival Splendor to Long Beach
The grand re-opening of the terminal coincides with the arrival of Carnival Splendor to Long Beach, which operates seven-day cruises to Mexico and longer-length voyages to Alaska and Hawaii, representing a 40 percent capacity increase on this route.

The 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor is currently the largest ship based year-round in Southern California and offers a variety of onboard amenities, including a 22,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, a reservations-only steakhouse serving prime dry-aged beef and other gourmet fare, a sliding magrodome covering the main pool area, and nearly 600 balcony staterooms.

Carnival Splendor joins Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration which sail three- and four-day cruises to Ensenada and Catalina Island. Together, these three ships carry approximately 600,000 guests annually from Southern California on more than 250 three- to 14-day cruises.

Exciting Port Development Project in Ensenada

Carnival officials also announced a major port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, currently featured on the line’s three- and four-day cruises from Long Beach. The project will provide guests visiting the destination with an unparalleled, one-of-a-kind dining and retail experiences ashore, along with unique attractions for guests of all ages to enjoy. Details about the development will be announced at a later date.