Exciting New Adventures For Carnival Cruisers Announced This Week!

As a Cruise & Travel Consultant, I am so excited to offer my cruise clients the opportunity to enjoy these new and improved Carnival Cruise vacation experiences.

If you have already heard about this and have been anticipating booking your cruise on Carnival Radiance or Carnival Sunrise, the wait is over! TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises can start booking you RIGHT NOW for the 2020 cruise season.  We encourge plan ahead, book early, payment plan budgeting and select the best cabin location reservation process.

Here is what we know directly from our travel partners at Carnival Cruise Line;

Carnival Radiance

Following a $200 million dry dock, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020, with a 10-day Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona visiting Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. After a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York scheduled for June 11-24, 2020, Carnival Radiance will offer TLC Travels’ clients a series of four and six-day Bermuda cruises as well as eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises from the Big Apple.

Carnival Radiance will be the first ship to offer nine-day cruises to Cuba with an overnight in Havana from New York. The newly renovated Carnival Radiance will also offer four five-to seven-day cruises from Norfolk in October and November 2020, including the first Cuba cruises from that port.

And get ready Port Canaveral! Carnival Radiance will reposition to this port, and will begin cruising to the Caribbean and Cuba beginning November 8, 2020.

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Carnival Sunrise

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises clients looking to depart from New York onboard Carnival Sunrise will enjoy four-day “long weekend” getaways to Bermuda as well as nine-day Caribbean and Cuba cruises from the Big Apple beginning May 21, 2020.

Carnival Sunrise will also offer eight-day voyages visiting beautiful ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas from New York, ending the season with a 12-day Carnival Journeys partial Panama Canal transit from New York to Fort Lauderdale Oct. 19-31, 2020.

Both ships will add a variety of new food and beverage choices, new WaterWorks aqua park, SportSquare with ropes course, and all staterooms will be renovated.

WhooHoo! We are so impressed with all of what is happening at Carnival recently! Also announced just a few short days ago:

The big news that Carnival Victory will undergo a dry dock in 2020 to receive a makeover so big that it will require a new name, Carnival Radiance just got better. This massive transformation will add new and exciting food and beverage options on board including the very first “Big Chicken” restaurant. This will be the seagoing version of the one opened last October in Las Vegas by Carnival’s very own Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.


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Big Chicken will be located on the Lido Deck, and the menu will feature a mouth-watering variety of fried chicken sandwiches, platters and sides, all developed and taste-tested by Shaq himself.

TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises’ clients will be able to place their order at the counter and pick up their items right away – no waiting and best of all, it’s all FREE!

Ready to book your next or first Carnival Cruise vacation? Contact us ASAP at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for more information and reservations assistance on any Carnival Cruise sailing. As a Travel Agency partner with Carnival, we will offer to book your cruise at Carnival’s lowest available, advertised rate including special offers for your stateroom category of choice.

Side Note: Also available for booking NOW at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises:

  • 7-day sailings on Carnival Panorama from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera, with itineraries visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Now open for sailing dates from January 2021-April 2021 at TLC Travels’.

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A Rebirthed Sunrise Will Emerge After Carnival Triump’s Transformation in 2019!

Carnival Sunrise will begin sailing as such after the complete refurbishing, remodeling and transformation of the Carnival Triump Cruise ship April 2019.

New ship additions and extensive upgrades are in the works with the hopes of enhancing Carnival Cruise guests’ experiences while onboard the formerly known as Carnival Triump ship:

The Carnival Sunrise Transformation is scheduled to be completed 4/28/19 and will include;

  • 115 new guest suites and staterooms
  • Liquid Lounge
  • Java Blue Café
  • Limelight Lounge
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse
  • RedFrog Pub
  • Piano Bar 88
  • Chef’s Table dining room
  • Bonsai Sushi Express
  • Carnival WaterWorks
  • Cucina del Capitano
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse
  • SportSquare (SkyCourse, basketball and jogging track)
  • Serenity
  • Cloud 9 Spa and Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms

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Carnival Sunrise’s inaugural schedule from Norfolk, Va kicks off with a 7-day cruise departing the Half Moone Cruise Center visiting Grand Turk, the private island of Half Moon Cay and Freeport departing April 29, 2019.   Two 5-day voyages departs May 12 and 17, 2019 calling at Nassau and Freeport and three 6-day cruises departing May 6, and Oct. 14 and 20, 2019, visiting Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport.

CCL-Sunrise_Norfolk-042919The ship will then reposition to New York for a series of 4-to-14-day voyages beginning May 23, 2019. These includes 4-to-8-day Bermuda cruises, including long weekend sailings to the island departing Thursdays and returning Mondays, along with 7-day fall foliage cruises to New England and the Canadian Maritimes, and two different eight-day Caribbean itineraries with stops at the region’s top destinations.  Several longer voyages will also be offered, including a 10-day exotic eastern Caribbean itinerary and a 14-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise highlighted by local dining and entertainment experiences and unique shipboard enrichment activities.

Carnival Sunrise will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for 4- and 5-day cruises beginning Oct. 28, 2019.  4-day long weekend cruises will call at tropical ports like Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Grand Turk and Nassau, while 5-day cruises will visit Cuba, as well as seaside destinations in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Grand Turk.

Carnival Sunrise’s departures from Norfolk, New York and Fort Lauderdale are currently open for reservations and available for booking now at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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Mid-East Coast Cruisers have easier access to Carnival’s Fun ships thanks to Norfolk, Va.

I had the pleasure of attending one of Carnival Cruise Line’s luncheon and ship inspection gatherings held for Travel Professional’s a couple of weeks ago in Norfolk, Virgina. Here are a few highlights:

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Saturday, May 16, 2015: Carnival Splendor cruise ship, just recently docked, awaited our arrival as she was being prepped to return to sea at 5pm on a short, 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere”.  Our Carnival Cruise Line sales team had a set agenda and itinerary for us to follow with an anticipated start at 11am with cabin inspections, followed by lunch at 1pm and conclude by 3:30pm.  Well as things happen in life, the schedule got blown off track early on during our embarkation as something went awry with the returning cruiser guests’ debarkation process.  We could not get on the ship until everyone from the prior sailing got off the ship and that didn’t happen until about 12:30pm, which is unusually very late.

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The goal was for us to inspect cabins before the guests occupying those cabins arrived for check-in.  I was able to set foot in a Grand Suite with its full bathroom amenities and extended balcony-(very, very nice), and an Ocean Suite as well as a Balcony stateroom.  I missed out on viewing the Premium Wrap around Balcony Stateroom and the Spa Suite as the guests had arrived and were already in their cabins when we got to the door. We felt a little rushed at this point, not able to take good pictures as there were too many travel agents roaming in and out throughout each cabin as we were all trying to hurry to the next one before the guests arrived to lock us out. 😦  I was a little disappointed about that but, oh well.  Like I said earlier, things happen.

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Lunch was great and the Travel Professionals group had about 45 minutes after lunch to explore the rest of the ship on our own before the 3:30pm deadline to exit the ship.  I decided a few weeks earlier that my family (Hubby & 2 teens) and I would try the 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere” since we were in Norfolk for the Carnival lunch/inspection so I didn’t feel slighted by the time crunch. I knew I would be meeting up with my family when the lunch was over and staying onboard to explore the rest of the ship over the weekend.

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The drive from my corner of Central North Carolina to the Half Moone Cruise Port and Celebration Center in Norfolk, VA took approximately 3.5 hrs.  My adult daughter came from the Charlotte area early-early that morning to take the drive with us in another car with her BFF.  We are in the midst of her Destination Cruise Wedding plans for next year so they came along to see if the Norfolk cruise port is a doable option and it is.  Both vehicles left together at about 5:45am to arrive in downtown Norfolk at about 10am.  This includes a 30 minute breakfast stop when we reached the Portsmouth area right outside of town.

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Here is what we can look forward to for sailing from the Half Moone Cruise Port in Norfolk for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 cruising season from Carnival Cruises: **UPDATE as of June 12, 2015**

Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship: 2015

  • May 16, 2015: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere  
  • May 11, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • May 18, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • October 12, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise – (sailing from NYC on 10/11/15)
  • October 17, 2015: 6-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • October 23, 2015: 7-Day BERMUDA Cruise – (heads to Miami for a 7-day Caribbean sailing on Nov 1st.)

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ship: 2016

  • June 10, 2016: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere Itinerary changed to: 5:Day Bahamas:-> On 6/11/2015 Carnival announced the cancellation of all 2-day sailings as well as the following 6/12/16 sailing. Read “Say Farewell to Cruises-to-Nowhere” here: (Sunshine will sail from Charleston S.C. on 6/9/16 after completing a 10-Day Eastern Caribbean “Carnival Journeys” special itinerary cruise.
  • June 12, 2016 Due to the 2-day cruise cancellation/itinerary change, the Sunshine will now sail on June 15, 2016: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise – (heads to NYC for a 5-day Canada/New England 6/20/16 itinerary)
  • October 23, 2016: 5-Day BERMUDA Cruise – (sailing from NYC on 10/22/16)
  • October 28, 2016: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere NEW:-> 8-Day Eastern Caribbean – Find out more about why these itineraries have been cancelled: “Say Farewell to Cruises-To-Nowhere”
  • October 30, 2016: 6-Day Bahamas Cruise(heads back to Charleston for a Bahamas sailing on 11/6/16)

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