Planting Coral in the Keys

The Coral Restoration Foundation, located in Key Largo, Fla., is an active nonprofit organization that works hard to protect and replenish the coral reef of the Florida Reef Tract. Throughout the year they organize dive trips in which divers can replant corals (shown) and witness corals spawning.

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McBride Sings for Carnival

Carnival Cruise Line, Texas’ number-one cruise operator, marked the arrival of Carnival Freedom at its new year-round homeport of Galveston with a celebration honoring U.S. military personnel and their families.

In partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that supports military families, service members and their families were treated to an overnight event featuring a variety of daytime activities, including an exclusive outdoor Carnival LIVE performance by country music superstar Martina McBride, along with dinner and a full evening … Read the rest

Billboard On Koningsdam

Holland America Line is using 50 years of chart-topping hits as the framework for a new live interactive music experience called Billboard Onboard that will debut as part of the Music Walk complex on the line’s first Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam. The new programming is in partnership with Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music.

NewmanPR staged an event at Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 to announce the partnership with Billboard, as well as Lincoln … Read the rest

Carnival’s GIFFT

Kathie Lee Gifford, former spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line, shows off her GIFFT wines in front of the Carnival Breeze Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, while the ship was docked at PortMiami. Gifford debuted a new cooperative venture with Carnival that provides guests the opportunity to purchase GIFFT wines onboard any of Carnival’s 24 ships. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

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Florida Keys Soldier Ride

Brandon Dodson and Flagler the dolphin splash each other at Dolphin Research Center Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Marathon, Fla. The interactive experience with the dolphins was a facet of Soldier Ride, which has 60 vets — most suffering severe injuries from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — biking segments of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The event is staged by the Wounded Warrior Project to help restore injured soldiers’ physical and emotional well-being. It concludes in Key West Sunday, … Read the rest

HAL’s New ms Koningsdam

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history.  The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at … Read the rest

Hemingway Days

Wally Collins, second from left, is congratulated after beating 130 other men to be crowned the 2014 “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winner late Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla. Past winners from left include Stephen Terry, Greg Fawcett and Charlie Bicht. Collins, a Phoenix resident, won the title on his sixth try during the event that was the highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festival that concludes Sunday, July 20. (Photo: Andy Newman)… Read the rest

Carnival Serves Tampa Beers

Joe Burns, national sales representative for Cigar City Brewing (left), and Edward Allen, vice president of beverage operations for Carnival, pour Cigar City beers over ice sculptures in the RedFrog Pub aboard Carnival Legend at an event for media, travel agents and VIPs July 13 at Port Tampa Bay.

The event marked Carnival Cruise Lines’ agreement with Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing to serve two of the brewery’s craft beers on 13 Carnival ships sailing from Florida ports starting in mid-July.… Read the rest

Carnival Care Center Opens

Carnival Cruise Lines President and CEO Gerry Cahill, right; Carnival Corporation & plc Chief Financial Officer David Bernstein, center, cut a ribbon Tuesday, June 3, 2014, officially opening the new Carnival Care Center, an on-site health and wellness facility for the company’s 2,400 Miami-based employees. Carnival Cruise Lines CFO Anne Bramman, left, looks on. The Center provides walk-in primary care medical treatment and preventative care for the company’s 2,400 Miami-based employees. Staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and medical assistant, … Read the rest