MIAMI (July 30, 2007) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ With a festive on-board atmosphere, elaborate decorations and an array of traditional cuisine, entertainment and activities, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â holiday cruises are the ideal option for reconnecting with friends, families and loved ones.
All of Carnival Cruise LinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 22 ships will operate holiday cruises this year, with each vessel featuring oversized Christmas trees, wreaths and other traditional touches, along with special entertainment and programming created just for these unforgettable voyages.
To promote its upcoming holiday cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines is holding a special sale on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with discounts on select three- to seven-day Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â departures during the Christmas/New Year holiday period.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our Ã¢â‚¬ËœFun ShipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ cruises provide a welcome respite to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, offering a chance for families to get together and enjoy the cherished traditions typically associated with the season,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Vicki Freed, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior vice president of sales and marketing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And with these special prices, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgetting away from it allÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ during the holidays is more affordable than ever,Ã¢â‚¬Â she added.
The special holiday cruise sale on Wednesday, Aug. 1 includes four- and five-day day Caribbean/Bahamas cruises from Miami starting at $439 and $599 per person, respectively; four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, Calif., starting at $439 per person; seven-day Caribbean cruises from Miami starting at $719 per person; five-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa starting at $569 per person; and seven-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa starting at $949 per person, based on double occupancy.
In addition to terrific values on a variety of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â departures, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ships provide a truly unique and memorable holiday vacation venue.
A festive mood is created as soon as guests arrive on board, with the shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ atrium and promenade areas lavishly decorated in the spirit of the season and featuring signage with traditional holiday greetings.
A highlight of these cruises is an elaborate revue in each shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ main show lounge evoking a Ã¢â‚¬Å“home away from homeÃ¢â‚¬Â atmosphere with cozy sets featuring faux oversized fireplaces, large comfortable sofas, Christmas trees with decorations created by the kids from the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Camp CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬Â program, and, of course, a visit from Santa.
Holiday menus include the traditional oven roasted turkey with all the trimmings and freshly baked pecan pie, among many other selections.
Caroling is also popular with guests and crew strolling throughout the ship singing classic and contemporary holiday songs, while popular holiday-themed movies such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Polar ExpressÃ¢â‚¬Â are shown on the in-stateroom televisions.
New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cruises are just as memorable, offering one of the biggest celebrations at sea highlighted by the traditional countdown and complimentary noisemakers, party favors and champagne for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â revelers to ring in the new year.
Rates for CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s holiday cruises reflect category 4 (interior) staterooms, are capacity controlled and subject to change without notice. Certain other restrictions apply.
Reservations are currently being accepted for all of CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2007 holiday departures.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.