Sustainable Offerings, Added Flights and Renovated Resorts Among What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Winter 2019-20

FLORIDA KEYS — This winter the Florida Keys continue to spotlight sustainability and responsible tourism as new resorts open, new low-impact tours and experiences are created and a new app is unveiled to promote safe driving and highlight eco-attractions.

Here’s what’s new:

Keys Sustainability

On Big Pine Key the 2-acre fruit farm Grimal Grove, billed as the first breadfruit grove in the continental United States, is scheduled to open Jan. 11 as an agritourism venue, breadfruit research site and … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line Names Winner of ‘Most Trusted Travel Advisor’ Contest as Yearlong Why Use a Travel Advisor Campaign Wraps Up

           The search was long and exhaustive, but in the end Becky Smith, owner of Becky’s Travel Biz in Gainesville, Georgia, was named Carnival Cruise Line’s “Most Trusted Travel Advisor.” Smith was selected from more than 5,000 client nominations in the contest, which was part of Carnival’s yearlong Why Use a Travel Advisor, or WUATA, campaign. The runners-up were Kelly Brewer of Cruise Planners in Lowell, Arkansas; and David Sommers of SS Cruises in Huber Heights, … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates 25 Years of Sailing from Tampa

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its 25th anniversary sailing from the Port of Tampa with a reception and luncheon aboard Carnival Legend highlighted by the presentation of a commemorative plaque from Carnival President Christine Duffy to Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson commemorating the milestone.

Carnival Cruise Line was the first cruise operator to recognize the potential of Tampa as a year-round cruise homeport when it launched a schedule of seven-day voyages aboard the since-retired Tropicale in 1994 … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line Debuts New Safety Briefing Starring CFO Shaquille O’Neal

Taking safety as seriously as it takes fun, Carnival Cruise Line is debuting an entertaining and creative new safety briefing video that outlines its onboard safety regulations.

Produced with the important goals of getting and keeping guests’ attention and improving the knowledge of safety policies, it is being shown in all 34,000-plus staterooms throughout the fleet and captioned in English and Spanish, as well as in English with audio descriptions for visually impaired guests.

With a distinctively Carnival approach, “Safety … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line to Resume Calls to Grand Bahama on Friday

Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it will resume regular calls to Grand Bahama beginning this Friday, Oct. 11, when Carnival Pride will dock in Freeport.  Carnival Elation will follow on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Carnival Freedom on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 6 on a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400 guests.   All told between now and the end of the year, Carnival Cruise Line expects to host 39 calls in Freeport, bringing more than … Read the rest

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Fall 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West, with community efforts to sustain precious natural resources through the Connect & Protect initiative, continue to unveil ways to preserve the Keys’ environment and connect visitors who love the outdoors to the island chain’s unmatched beauty.

Efforts to replant and preserve coral along the Florida Reef Tract are ongoing. In addition, two new eco-stay properties, tucked off the beaten path in the Lower Keys and in the Flamingo region of the … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line Enhances Popular HUB App to Include Comprehensive Day-by-Day Schedule of Youth Activities

Continuing to help families make the most of their vacations, Carnival Cruise Line has updated its popular HUB App to include a comprehensive day-by-day schedule of onboard youth programming and activities with the ability to “like” favorites to receive reminders and updates.

The leader in family cruising carrying more than 900,000 children each year, Carnival has created seemingly endless opportunities for kid-friendly fun from its three age-specific programs to a wide range of onboard activities and attractions. Now, as part … Read the rest

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates ‘Decade of Fun’ Aboard Carnival Pride at Port of Baltimore

Carnival Cruise Line and the Port of Baltimore celebrated a historic milestone with a “Decade of Fun” celebration aboard Carnival Pride to mark the 10-year anniversary of Carnival’s year-round cruising from the port.

Carnival launched Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program in 2009 and over the past decade the line as carried more than 1 million guests.

The festivities were highlighted by a reciprocal exchange of maritime gifts with Carnival President Christine Duffy presenting the Cruise Maryland’s General Manager Cynthia Burman … Read the rest

The Florida Keys Embrace Summer with Sustainable Fun, New Activities

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West continue to spotlight the destination’s eco-oriented “Connect & Protect” initiative to encourage awareness of sustainable, memorable activities for visitors.

In addition, notable new offerings include two resorts in the family-oriented Middle Keys and Key West’s intriguing Sails to Rails museum.

Here’s what’s new as the Keys ease into summer:

Keys Tours

In the Lower Keys, new daily interpretive trolley tours of Bahia Honda State Park, offered by Friends of Bahia Honda … Read the rest

Carnival Sunrise Officially Named by Godmother Kelly Arison in New York

Following a $200 million dry dock that is already generating raves from guests sailing on its first cruises out of Norfolk, the transformed Carnival Sunrise was officially named today by godmother Kelly Arison – daughter of Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine – in an elegant and memorable ceremony at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City.

As a Carnival godmother, Kelly Arison carries on a family tradition – her mother, Madeleine was

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