Carnival Elation Wins TravelAge West WAVE Award for Best Refurbished Ship

Posted on: June 18th, 2018Featured, News Blog

Carnival Elation came home a big winner on June 15 for Best Refurbished Ship (ocean-going) at the TravelAgeWest WAVE Awards. The ship underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in October 2017 that included the addition of 38 new staterooms, 98 balconies to existing staterooms, and a variety of popular and exciting food and beverage concepts. The ship now features:

  • Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
  • RedFrog Rum Bar:  a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
  • BlueIguana Cantina:  a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar:  a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
  • Camp Ocean: a colorful marine-inspired play area designed for kids ages 2-11 that showcases the wonders of the sea through fun and engaging interiors and more than 200 ocean-themed activities, including arts and crafts, science-oriented  programming, and more.
  • New Staterooms and Enhancements:  Thirty-eight staterooms have been added – two Grand Vista suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic ocean view and 12 interior accommodations.  Additionally, private verandahs have been added to 98 existing staterooms, creating spacious new 230-square-foot staterooms with balconies. All staterooms offer new island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels inspired by Carnival Elation’s tropical itineraries.
  • WaterWorks:  Located on Verandah Deck, this expansive all-ages water park features an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide full of exhilarating twists and turns, two 82-foot-long racing slides, and a splash zone for kids.
  • Mini-Golf Course:  A nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14, providing a fun and relaxing pastime for families to enjoy in the fresh sea air.

Carnival is Jacksonville’s only year-round cruise ship offering four- and five-day cruises to The Bahamas featuring stops at Freeport, Nassau and the private destinations of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays.

Carnival Cruise Line also received “Editor’s Picks” in the categories of Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction (more than 1,300 passengers), Cruise Line Providing the Best Travel Agent Support (ocean-going) and Best Cruise Line for Family Activities.

For the annual WAVE Awards, the editorial team at TravelAge West reviews hundreds of travel suppliers and products. Travel agent professionals throughout the 15 Western states and readers of TravelAge West were invited to vote from a list of Editor’s Pick award recipients. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research. Winners were announced at a gala event that recognizes the outstanding qualities and services of the industry’s leading travel suppliers.

Pictured from left to right – Irene Gawdzik (Manager, Business Development), Mike Julius (VP, Field Sales North America), Vicki Tomasino (Regional VP – Western Region), Bruce Shulman (Northstar Media), Drew Santiago (Business Development Director), Ken Shapiro (Host and Editor, TravelAge).

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Royal Caribbean to buy 67 percent stake in ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises

A dynamic, synergistic partnership is joining the cruise industry as Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that it is purchasing a majority stake in the ultra-luxury line Silversea Cruises.

Under the new partnership, RCL will buy a 66.7 percent equity stake in Silversea for about $1 billion, based on the Monaco-based cruiseline’s enterprise value of some $2 billion.

“Silversea is a crown jewel, and the acknowledged leader in luxury and expedition cruising, two key markets that are poised for growth,” said Richard D. Fain, RCL’s chairman and CEO. “Uniting our two companies presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand vacation options for guests and create revenue in strategic growth areas.”

Manfredi Lefebvre, Silversea executive chairman, will remain in that role and continue to lead the company’s long-term strategy. Fain described Lefebvre as “a visionary leader whose high standards and history of innovation we deeply respect.”

His father Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio – a respected Italian jurist and maritime law professor – founded the Silversea brand in the early 1990s. Lefebvre said he is confident that the significant stake he’s retaining will greatly increase in value through the growth this long-term partnership RCL will enable.

He’ll qualify for an estimated contingent consideration of about 472,000 RCL shares, payable upon reaching certain 2019-2020 performance metrics.

“I have always been kindred spirits with Richard and we share a vision of offering excellence and leadership to our guests,” Lefebvre said. “This new partnership gives Silversea the opportunity to accelerate the growth of the most successful luxury and expedition cruising brand in the world.”

RCL plans to finance the purchase through debt. The strategic rationale for the partnership includes driving long-term capacity growth in the booming luxury and expedition segments at a much larger scale than Silversea would achieve alone; diversifying RCL’s portfolio and increasing its expedition offerings by adding a premiere ultra-luxury brand; leveraging the global footprint of the combined companies to generate demand and increase vacation and destination options for their guests; and realizing significant synergies related to global market access, supply chain, purchasing power and other economies of scale.

Silversea CEO Roberto Martinoli will continue in his role, working with the existing Silversea management team, Lefebvre and Fain said.

The deal will add to an RCL stable that includes its largest brand, Royal Caribbean International, a contemporary brand focused on adventure-seeking families; Celebrity Cruises, a premium brand providing a modern luxury experience to discerning global travelers; and Azamara Club Cruises, a destination-immersive brand offering luxury voyages to unique ports. The company also operates the regional TUI Cruises and Pullmantur brands as part of long-term joint ventures.

As a pioneering ultra-luxury brand, Silversea offers intimate, all-suite ships sailing to more than 1,000 global destinations, as well as unique luxury expedition vessels exploring secluded harbors not accessible to larger cruise ships.

The deal is expected to be finalized later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

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Regina Walker Named Carnival Cruise Line’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Posted on: June 12th, 2018Featured, News Blog

Regina Walker, who currently serves as co-chair of Carnival Cruise Line’s employee-driven volunteer service group, the Friends Uniting Neighbors (F.U.N.) Team, has been named the company’s Volunteer of the Year.

A 34-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Line, Walker was honored for her exemplary efforts at helping our community, donating nearly 120 hours to a variety of local social service agencies and charitable organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge, Humane Society Walk for Animals, Mourning Family Foundation, Kids in Distress and Children’s Harbor.  She participated in a number of beach clean-up activities, as well.

The award was presented at the company’s 23rd annual Volunteer Reception which pays tribute to those employees who volunteer their time and talent in helping those less fortunate in our community.  Over the past year, more than 425 Carnival employees participated in 48 service activities representing a total of nearly 2,000 volunteer hours.

Carnival President Christine Duffy presented Walker with her award, along with a $1,000 donation from the Carnival Foundation to the charity of her choice.

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RCL workers take the plunge to help ‘Rescue a Reef’ off Miami

It begins with a cookie, sometimes a nail, one finger or four, and a hard bed. And with luck, a coral reef – or part of one – is born.

This is the end of a process carried out by the Coral Restoration Lab at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. As part of its ongoing Rescue a Reef program, the researchers invite “citizen scientists” to take part in their underwater work on the Florida Reef Tract.

The initiative began in May 2015, with this year incorporating a collaboration with Royal Caribbean, including a dive to mark World Oceans Day, June 8. Employees joined UM scientists in diving and snorkeling both to harvest coral grown in underwater nurseries and transplant them in areas ravaged by last year’s Hurricane Irma.

Six dives with employees and naming rights came as part of a $50,000 donation to the cause, so their work site will be called the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef.

Stephanie DeMars, RCL corporate responsibility senior analyst and a scuba diver, has twice taken part in Rescue a Reef. The work included harvesting finger-sized fragments of staghorn coral – a fast-growing but threatened species – nurtured on PVC pipe “trees” set up in a nursery. Then they were “outplanted” at another site using two different methods. Snorkelers made small, round concrete “cookies” with two to four coral fragments glued to each cookie, which in turn is epoxied onto the hard ocean floor.

SCUBA divers used a more common method of driving nails into this limestone substrate. A fragment is attached to each nail with a zip tie, and within two to three months, the growing coral envelops its anchor.

After that, the staghorn – a living thing – continues to grow by producing polyps that divide and add to the coral’s endoskeleton. In time, explained Dr. Diego Lirman, associate professor of marine biology and ecology and lead scientist for Rescue a Reef, hopefully, the coral matures and reproduces by releasing eggs and sperm that develop into floating larvae, which drift and settle onto suitable places to expand the reef.

“The work that we do is called coral gardening,” Lirman said. “We fragment coral, break it into little pieces, then each piece will grow into a bigger colony.”

DeMars said RCL’s goal is to outplant 1,000 staghorn corals off of Miami Beach in 2018. “It’s important here in South Florida as we have hurricanes with increased wave action,” she said. “It helps mitigate those stressors.

“And a lot of fish species grow within coral reefs, so they’re very important to the marine environment.”

With work performed in depths of about 15 to 30 feet deep, snorkelers can’t spend as much bottom time as divers, but are able to shuttle coral fragments and tools – including small metal brushes to clean algae from the coral and substrate – to the divers below.

Alina Zerpa, an RCL summer intern, was one of them.

“The divers did most of the work,” she said, “but as snorkelers, we set up the cookies and we got to put them onto the ocean floor.”

The experience, she said, “was super good. I mean, it’s hard for it not to be, you know?”

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Carnival Cruise Line President Engages with U.S. Service Members During Immersive JCOC Program

Posted on: June 11th, 2018Blogroll, News Blog

This week, Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy will have the privilege of enjoying a unique experience only a small number of business executives and community leaders get each year.  She has been invited to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the U.S. Department of Defense. Its mission is to increase public understanding of national defense by enabling American business and community leaders to directly observe and engage with the U.S. military. Participants will be visiting military installations, getting behind the scenes tours and briefings, and developing a greater understanding of the needs of the military and service men and women, and how to support these dedicated public servants.

Carnival Cruise Line has an important connection to the military. The line employs a number of men and women who have served in the U.S. military. On a daily basis, Carnival cooperates closely with the Navy and Coast Guard on marine safety and protection of our oceans.

Carnival also carries more members of the military as guests than any other cruise line and homeports ships in regions that have major military installations and large military and veterans populations such as Charleston, Mobile, Jacksonville, Tampa and Galveston. Each cruise also features a very popular military appreciation ceremony that pays tribute to military guests. And the company has long supported Operation Homefront in numerous ways as the organization works with members of the military and their families to manage the many challenges of a military career.

Carnival Cruise Line is proud to continue this ongoing commitment to our military and the dedicated men and women who work to protect freedom.

Impressions from Duffy’s JCOC experience will be chronicled on Carnival’s social media channels: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

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