Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates National Hamburger Day by Creating Largest Hamburger at Sea, Hosting Burger-Making Workshop for Local Media in Port Canaveral


In celebration of National Hamburger Day taking place this weekend, Carnival Cruise Line unveiled a massive 300-pound, three-and-a-half-foot-wide hamburger aboard the Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, Fla. – the largest hamburger at sea.   Created by the ship’s talented team of culinary artists, the gargantuan sandwich was comprised of 200 pounds of meat and 50 pounds of cheese and toppings, as well as 50 pounds of flour to make the bun.

The mammoth hamburger was modeled after the tasty offerings at Guy’s Burger Joint, a casual poolside eatery that is currently featured aboard 14 Carnival ships, including Carnival Liberty.  It’s estimated that 1,000 burgers are served per day on each ship – all free of charge.  That’s more than 5 million burgers a year!

The event also included a fun burger-making workshop for local media and bloggers who learned the secrets to creating the delectable hand-crafted burgers.  Participants donned Guy’s Burger Joint’s signature hats and went behind the grill where they got first-hand experience creating the eatery’s mouth-watering burgers, which include The Ringer topped with barbecue sauce and an onion ring and Chilius Maximus smothered with homemade chili.

Carnival Liberty operates year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from the Space Coast.

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Visiting Cuba for the First Time: A Cuban-American Perspective

By Oceania Cruises Guest Isabel G.

I’ve wanted to go to Cuba for a very long time and I was fortunate enough to finally sail on the Marina to Havana just this past March. Over the years I’ve met many people who have traveled to Cuba and everyone shares a different perspective.

Some say that it’s full of music and a great party, others were impressed by the architecture and the landscape, and still others were surprised by the poverty and disorganization. During my time in Havana, I was able to appreciate all of those different perspectives, but I believe I felt something different than many of my fellow travelers.

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I have spent a lifetime hearing stories of Cuba and Havana from my parents. Although my family left Cuba in the late 1950s, our heritage and traditions remained strong — so strong that my brothers, sisters, and I asked many questions over the years whenever our parents would share their memories about life on the island.

The Havana Breeze

Growing up, my mother would often speak of Havana’s ocean breeze and how it would sweep by just when you needed it most. While on my trip to Cuba, I had the opportunity to experience the heat and dust of the lanes of Old Havana. Imagine my surprise as I turned the corner of one of these narrow streets and suddenly felt the ocean breeze caress my cheek. I stopped to appreciate the moment, breathing deeply as I recalled my mother’s words.

Climbing a tall narrow staircase of a restaurant in Old Havana, I could hear my mother’s voice telling us how she did not miss those narrow staircases which made bringing the groceries up to the kitchen a challenge. She still fondly recounts the beautiful store front windows, shops, and the hustle and bustle of the streets. And while most of the stores are now empty, I could still feel the energy in the streets.

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Viñales Dreams

On our second day in Cuba, I took the shore excursion to Viñales, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I was especially excited to see this region since this is where my parents honeymooned back in 1955. It was just as my parents had described – peaceful but impressive at the same time. The fertile landscape is dramatically interrupted by imposing rock formations. And amongst the lush green backdrop, bright orange flowering trees called Flamboyant trees bring it all to life. These were so beautiful and just like the trees in a painting that I grew up admiring as a child in my parents’ home.

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When my father was younger, he lived on a large plantation with many horses and other farm animals. Even though he is now retired and lives in a condo in the city, he yearns to have a farmhouse and a large plantation. He imagines every detail of this farm and has told me about it countless times – the plants he’ll grow, the animals he’ll raise, even the smallest detail of a horse sitting under a mango tree.

On this trip, as I wandered and explored this country that I had heard so much about, I traveled through the beautiful countryside. And you can understand why I exclaimed with joy when I saw a horse standing just under a tree, the branches not yet filled with the sweet fruit. It was one of those travel moments you struggle to describe… when the past seems to blend with the present.

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While my parents can no longer travel, I was so excited to answer all of their questions as they asked me about all that I had seen. “Yes, mom. I felt the ocean breeze, experienced the narrow staircases, and strolled the lanes of Old Havana. And yes, Dad, I can now see every detail of your farm, even the horse under the mango tree.”

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Seven Safety First Tips when Traveling with your Children

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Seven Safety First Tips when Traveling with your Children

There is a big difference between traveling with an
adult and traveling with children. Even if you have
toddlers or an infant with you, it is a special
specification that adults accompanying their children
must observe safety first when traveling. There are
numerous ways to make traveling for you and your child
safer. Here are seven:

1. Maintain seatbelts or restraints at all times.
Naughtiness can become one reason for your child to
get hurt and cause one to another. Your child can move
all he want as long as his seatbelt or restraint are
firmly attached to their bodies. Furthermore,
turbulence can go without warning.

2. Keep your child’s essentials inside your hand carry
bag. You can survive every ounce of tantrums when you
keep in your bag a handful of useful merchandise like
diapers, food and medicine. If you have an infant, you
can bring in two bottles of milk.

3. Position you child away from the aisle. It would be
more appropriate to sit him in between two adults. If
you don’t like being seated along the aisle, for your
child’s sake, sacrifice. Children love exploring and
reaching out things. They can get hurt unknowingly
when their little arms and hands get bumped by walking
people or by the serving cart. You can also sit him at
one corner beside the windows.

4. Bring toys. Make sure these are not deadly ones.
Toys can serve as perfect modalities to catch your
child’s attention and refrain him or her from making
unnecessary noises and activities. Never bring toys
that can hurt, easily break or is heavy. Electronic
games can only be used while the plane is cruising.

5. Control your child. It is your responsibility to
control your child’s behavior while inside the plane.
The flight attendant is never responsible for the
supervision of your child. You don’t pay them to
become baby sitters. As much as possible, don’t fall
asleep during the flight. Children take this
opportunity to wander around the plane and eventually
get lost. You also have to be careful when walking
around the plane with your child for he might reach
hot cups of coffee or silverware.

6. Upon the deployment of oxygen masks, put yours
first. Contrary to what most parents would think, it
is much advisable to put an adult’s mask first before
their child. Why? for practical reasons. There would
be a greater chance of saving both your lives than
just your child’s. If the adult puts the oxygen mask
on their children first, it will take only few seconds
for hypoxia to come over wherein episodes of confusion
or passing out will happen. A child, especially
smaller ones, will be of no help once you pass out.
This is one very good reason why you must put on the
mask first.

7. Always be prepared for the possibility of
emergencies. Be aware of the procedures that can be
appropriate for your child. First, ask the flight
attendant if they have emergency equipments that are
designed especially for children. Next, be familiar
with the preflight briefing. Lastly, if your child has
a condition that can be an issue, inform the

Generally, you have to plan ahead. Ask yourself what
are the things that can help you and your child to be
safe through hours of being suspended on air. It is
your sole responsibility to take good care of your
child by practicing these safety first tips when

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Carnival Elation Welcomes Mentees and Mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters Program from Jacksonville Port Authority

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Carnival Elation welcomed some special visitors last week — 20 “bigs” and “littles” who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program from the Jacksonville Port Authority.

The group enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by a tour the 70,000-ton vessel which operates year-round four- and five-day cruises from Jaxport.  The day also included a comprehensive Q&A session with members of the shipboard team who provided valuable insight into Carnival Elation’s day-to-day operations.

rnival Cruise Line is very familiar with mentoring as for the last 10 years the company has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami to create the Scholarship and Mentoring Program which matches 100 students from Miami-Dade County high schools and also has provided four-year scholarships with an estimated value of $ 2.5 million.

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Unexpected. Wilderness. Overland. Flightseeing. These are some of the official terms used to describe the Crystal Adventures excursions ashore set for Crystal Serenity’s second Northwest Passage voyage. Some less official – but just as applicable – terms include remarkable, astounding, and unforgettable. Certainly, just the sight of the distinctive terrain of the Arctic North can take even the most intrepid traveler’s breath away. Watery gardens of ice floes passing by your verandah as you take in the endless daylight; tundra that goes on forever; larger-than-life sea and wildlife; and the warm smiles of the local residents welcoming Crystal guests into their rare way of life – all included on the list of incredible things you’ll see.

But the previously unpassable region should not simply be explored through sight alone. With more expert-led Northwest Passage excursions than ever designed to appeal to the most adventurous Crystal guests, here’s a glimpse into the dozens of things Crystal guests can do this year in the Arctic – many brand new experiences; most not possible anywhere else in the world.

Kayaking is one of the best methods of transportation for up-close iceberg views.

Fish for the favorite local delicacy of the Northwest Territories. Arctic Char is always on the menu in the far north. A cold-water (extremely cold, in fact) relative of salmon, it boasts a milder, creamier taste and texture than its cousin, along with similar omega 3 and cholesterol benefits.

Scuba dive, Arctic style. Not only an activity for the warm and welcoming waters of the Caribbean and Australian reefs, scuba diving in the Arctic reveals a sub-aquatic world of wondrous sea life that call the icy waters home. Follow the lead of an expert diver to chilling new depths.

Set up camp on a glacier. You’ll board a chartered flightseeing transfer to the top of the earth, where you’ll spend three nights at the northernmost tip of Canada, near the Greenland Ice Sheet makes for one of the most thrilling and chilling experiences out there.

Kodiak brown bears roam the Alaskan wilderness during the summer months, and can occasionally be spotted from helicopters.

Follow the path of pioneers, with a chartered flight to the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven, located on the southeast coast of King William Island at the heart of the Northwest Passage, an integral location of the expedition of John Ross (1829-1833) and near the point at which the Franklin Expedition met its fate in 1845.

Chill out among the icebergs. There’s no more epic view of an iceberg than the one from water level right next to it. The paddling on your guided kayak adventure to get you there should help warm you up, though.

Go wild, via helicopter. As if a chartered ride in a Robinson R44 helicopter wasn’t enough of thrill, this particular chopper will carry you into the wilds of Alaska’s remote Kigluaik Mountains, tundra and valleys. It’s the perfect bird’s eye perch for spotting bears, moose, and muskoxen.

These are only a handful of the 100+ adventures carefully crafted to showcase the stunning scenery and fascinating communities throughout the Northwest Passage voyage. From impromptu opportunities for polar bear sightings to overnight immersions, don’t miss this epic journey.



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