Chipwrecked on the Carnival Dream!

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | 0 comments
Carnival Cruises is branching out into the movie industry, with the Carnival Dream taking a starring role in the latest Alvin and the Chipmunks movie- 'Chipwrecked.'

The ship, based in Port Carnaveral, served as a setting for portions of the movie- mainly it's open decks and recreation areas, where the chipmunks get up to all sorts of mischeif. Some ports on the ship's itinerary also featured in the movie. The movie is a great bit of advertising for Carnival- allowing it to showcase it's newest ship and market a cruise holiday to a family demographic through this ever-popular movie franchise.

Author: Ryan Posa+

Farewell To A Long-Serving Sun

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 | 0 comments
Carnival Australia has sold the Pacific Sun, of P&O Australia's fleet, to an undisclosed Chinese company. The Sun has been with the fleet for 7 years.

Recent minor technical issues with the Sun have left P&O wanting to modernise its fleet and retain a reputation of hitch-free cruises, leading to the decision to say goodbye to the 1900-passenger ship.

Her final P&O voyage will be in July, and passengers booked past this date will be offered equivalent or near-equivalent cruises on other ships, or refunded if there are no sailings that suit them. There are still a few cabins available to sail on the Sun before she goes, so get in quick if you want to farewell her! She has faithfully introduced many people to cruising in the Pacific area, and will be missed by many cruisers.

Pacific Sun
by Phillip Capper Flickr Creative Commons

Author: Ryan Posa+

A New Dawn

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | 0 comments
P&O's Pacific Dawn is scheduled for a refurbishment in April 2012, when she will receive features to bring her more in line with her sister ships and made more family-friendly.

Pacific Dawn
by Richard Taylor Flickr Creative Commons

Upgrades will include the addition of a giant LED screen, a feature which has proved popular on the Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl. The Bengal bar will become an Orient Pub, with sporting memorabilia and a blokey selection of beers and ciders, and the Baccus Bar will transform into the Mix Cocktail Bar for the ladies. The Show Lounge will have a general spruce-up, as will the buffet.

To aid families in cruising together, a range of cabins will be interconnected so parents and children are within easy reach. The 50 suites and mini-suites onboard will be freshened up and be given artwork by Sydney photographer Tony Rae.

These features are hits on the other P&O ships, and parent company Carnival Australia hopes that the refurbishment will make for an even more enjoyable cruising experience on the Pacific Dawn.

Author: Ryan Posa+