Choosing Between Two Cruise Lines: Gather Facts Not Just Opinions


No matter what cruise review site you visit you will find both negative and positive reviews of the same cruise line. I have always said that when reading cruise reviews, you have to do a little “reading between the lines” to fully understand how the information in a particular review would apply… [Continue Reading]

Carnival Ropes Course Featured in Photo Contest

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Carnival Cruise line is encouraging fans to vote for a dramatic photo of Carnival Magic’s ropes course as part of an on-line contest to select the next cover image of Porthole Cruise Magazine.
Shot by professional photographer Andy Newman, the stunning image of a child traversing the suspended cables of the cruise industry’s first-ever ropes… [Continue Reading]

Carnival Magic’s Godmother Gets in the Swing of Things on Cruise Industry’s First Ropes Course


The ropes course on the new Carnival Magic has been a huge hit with guests of all ages, including the ship’s godmother Lindsey Wilkerson who is shown here testing out one of the SkyCourse tracks during the inaugural voyage from Venice, Italy, earlier this month.
Wilkerson – a former patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®… [Continue Reading]

Carnival’s Web Site Earns ‘Best Overall Customer Experience’ Honors from Keynote Systems for Second Year in a Row


For the second consecutive year, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Web site, (, was named “Best Overall Customer Experience” in a study commissioned by Keynote Systems, the global leader in on-demand test and measurement solutions.
In the annual study, more than 2,400 consumers evaluate major cruise lines and select on-line travel agency Web sites on a wide range… [Continue Reading]

Carnival Magic ‘Floated Out’ at Fincantieri Shipyard; On Schedule for May 1, 2011, Debut


With less than seven months until its maiden voyage, the new Carnival Magic reached another construction milestone when it was “floated out” earlier this week from her outfitting quay at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
The initial stages of a cruise ship’s construction take place in a dry dock facility. Once exterior outfitting is… [Continue Reading]