Carnival Cruise Line Kicks Off St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Continuing its longstanding partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Carnival Cruise Line is participating in the hospital’s annual Thanks and Giving® campaign to support St. Jude® in saving lives.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that Carnival has participated in St. Jude Thanks and Giving®.  As the hospital’s “Official Celebration Partner” Carnival has raised more than $ 16 million since the partnership was established in 2010.

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Carnival Cruise Line Makes a Big Splash at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld Conference in Fort Lauderdale

Carnival Cruise Line made a big splash at Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld, Nov. 7-9, 2018, at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The annual conference and exhibition was staged by Northstar Travel Media, parent company of the Travel Weekly branded publications.

In addition to participating on panels and hosting seminars, Carnival took over the workshop floor with a 300-square-foot activation space with activities and prizes, including Carnival cruise giveaways.

“CruiseWorld provides . . .  READ MORE

Oceania Cruises Team Trivia

Inside Team Trivia

Around 4:30 in the afternoon aboard our ships, there’s a good chance you’ll find an animated gathering of guests in the Lounge or in Martinis racking their brains for answers to questions like, “Excluding Antarctica, which continent has the shortest shoreline?” Trivia is one of the most popular activities on board and a great way to meet fellow travelers too.

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How Does It Work?
Team Trivia is hosted in the afternoons and Brainteasers Trivia hosted . . .  READ MORE

Make Sure You Have The Perfect Wedding With These Tips (4)

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Make Sure You Have The Perfect Wedding With These Tips

The time has finally come, and you will be married soon. Planning your wedding is no small task. However, with the right advice you can plan an event that will give you some of your best memories. Read on and you will find some tips that can turn potential chaos into beauty.

If this is your first wedding and the costs just keep adding up, you should recycle some items. For example, can the bride wear her mother’s . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Earns Three Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Carnival Cruise Line earned three Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers Choice Awards, earning top honors in the Best Value for the Money, Cruise Director and Computer Facilities categories.

Award winners were determined by thousands of readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, who voted for their favorites in 51 categories. Winners are published in the November/December 2018 issue, which hit newsstands this week and is available  online at Porthole.com.

“Porthole Cruise Magazine is a respected publication . . .  READ MORE

Just Back From Avalon Waterways: A River Cruise in Vietnam and Cambodia

By Gina Kramer | Posted to CruiseCritic.com

“Vietnam and Cambodia — why would you ever want to travel to those war-torn countries?” That’s the reaction we received from friends before we went on a river cruise from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap, onboard Avalon Waterways’ newest ship, Avalon Saigon.

We don’t blame them for the response. The Vietnam War and genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime didn’t happen that long ago. Many veterans . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Marks Start of Construction of its Newest and Largest Ship as First Steel is Cut; Also Unveils Ship’s Dramatic Hull Design and Livery that Pays Homage to Company’s Legacy as America’s Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line reaffirmed its place as the leader of innovation in the U.S. cruise industry today as the first steel was cut for the line’s newest class of ship and the new livery was revealed for the 180,000-ton XL vessel that will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The traditional steel-cutting ceremony held at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland, signified the official start of construction of the largest Carnival cruise ship . . .  READ MORE

3 Hidden Mediterranean Jewels 

While the museums of Florence, the ancient ruins of Rome, the Ramblas in Barcelona and so many other top attractions in these countries are worth visiting multiple times, culture-rich Italy and Spain are both overflowing with plenty of other authentic must-visits for those who have traveled extensively. Here are several stunning off-the-beaten-path picks for those seasoned travelers looking for that exhilarating feeling of discovering a hidden gem for the very first time.

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EXC In-Depth Guest Chef Recipe: Bread Pudding with Banana, Pineapple, Macadamia and Brown Sugar

Chef Carlos Estevez cruised on the first EXC In-Depth Voyage and held cooking demonstrations featuring local Caribbean fare, as well as a five-course dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. This delicious dessert from the Dominican Republic coined “relaxing in the sugar cane fields” was both a featured demonstration and the dessert on his special dinner menu. Now we’re sharing it with you so you can make it at home. Enjoy!

BREAD PUDDING WITH BANANA, PINEAPPLE, MACADAMIA AND BROWN . . .  READ MORE

A Photographer’s Guide to Alaska

The word picturesque is often used when it comes to travel, but it is truly synonymous when describing the natural wonders of Alaska. The incredible landscape, skyscraper-sized glaciers, majestic wildlife and seemingly endless wide-open spaces make it the last great frontier and a special place like none other.

It is also a photographer’s paradise. Where else can you snap a brown bear fishing for salmon in the crystal river waters?  Or kayak past a pair of 400-foot-tall . . .  READ MORE