Gene Sloan USA TODAY Published 11:02 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is bringing his new restaurant concept to the high seas. Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy tells USA TODAY the NBA Hall of Famer has signed a deal with the line to open one of his Big Chicken eateries on the Carnival Radiance in 2020. O'Neal already is the face of Carnival in new advertising where he's billed as the cruise giant's chief fun officer. "When we started talking with Shaq, he told me that he was doing this Big Chicken restaurant concept that he always had wanted to do, and that he had all these great fried chicken recipes," Duffy says. "We said, 'we don't have a fried chicken place on our ships. We think this is something fun that our guests would really like.'" O'Neal's first Big Chicken restaurant just opened in Las Vegas in late October and he plans more locations in Los Angeles and Atlanta. O'Neal recently documented the process of … [Read more...] about Shaquille O’Neal Big Chicken eatery to debut on Carnival cruise ship
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The incident took place on Sunday, a few hours after the Carnival Sunshine vessel departed from Florida's Port Canaveral to its intended destination in the Dominican Republic. Footage shared on social media shows passengers trying to get their bearings as staff members work to get a handle on the situation. Kyla Williams, a passenger aboard the vessel, told CBS New York that that tilt was so severe that her husband had to hold her so she wouldn't fall. Another passenger, David Crews, told Florida's News 6 station that he'd never experienced such an incident on his prior cruise travels. "I didn't think anything of it, since it's not uncommon for ships to rock back and forth. But it didn't rock back. It kept leaning," Crews told the station. "Plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter." … [Read more...] about Passengers Panic as Carnival Cruise Ship Tilts Wildly at Sea (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Gene Sloan USA TODAY Published 8:17 AM EDT Oct 16, 2018 Another Carnival cruise ship designed in the 1990s is about to be reborn. The 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory in 2020 will undergo a makeover so big the line plans to rechristen the vessel with a new name: Carnival Radiance. To be announced on Tuesday, the overhaul will take place over 38 days at a dry dock in Cadiz, Spain and cost $200 million – one of the priciest cruise ship makeovers on record. Ordered in 1997 and completed in 2000, Victory cost $410 million to build (about $601 million in today's dollars). "It takes it to a whole new level," Carnival president Christine Duffy told USA TODAY in advance of the announcement. "It's really a soup-to-nuts refurbishment." The makeover will include the addition of more than 100 cabins, the revamping of existing cabins and the addition of nearly a dozen food and drink outlets. Also in the plans is the addition of … [Read more...] about Carnival cruise ship Victory to be renamed Radiance after makeover
The Carnival Cruise ship dubbed the AIDAnova is the fifth largest ship in the world and the Carnival's largest in history.Costing a staggering £630 million to build, the ship can hold up to 6,600 passengers at one time, as well as 1,500 crew members, measuring 1,106 long.It also boasts 17 restaurants, 23 bars and even a water park on board.Passengers wanting to try it for themselves can book a trip in December as it travels the Canary Islands on its maiden voyage.It will run on liquefied natural gas instead of diesel in a bid to be more environmentally friendly.Carnival has previously said it plans to remove all single-use plastic onboard by 2022.The ship launched on Friday at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, with 25,000 spectators.David Guetta led the open air concert in celebration of the new ship launch.Two more AIDA ships are to be built in the next five years. There are currently 11 AIDA ships in the fleet, with the famous bright red lips and eyes painted on the … [Read more...] about Carnival Cruise launches largest ship with room for 6,600 passengers and even a water park
On a recent four-night cruise to the Bahamas on the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory, a lively crowd was downing neon drinks at an equally fluorescent bar in the ship’s multi-story atrium. The casino was packed and smoky. This was old-school cruising, and everyone was loving it.Most ships have an official lifespan of 30 years, the amount of time it takes for the asset to depreciate to 15 percent of its original book value. By that measure, the 18-year-old Carnival Victory has passed the theoretical prime of her life.She’s still quite the moneymaker. By focusing on short, three- and four-night sailings from Miami to the Bahamas and back, the aesthetically outdated ship carries twice as many passengers per year as many similarly sized vessels. In fact, the Carnival Victory is just one of the many middle-aged and elderly ships that were built during a cruise boom in the 1990s but now make up a multibillion-dollar portion of the cruise … [Read more...] about Where Do Old Cruise Ships Go to Die?