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Carnival Ecstasy Live Blog - Day 1 - Embarkation Day

Hello from Carnival Ecstasy! We’re on our way to Cozumel right now, where we should arrive on Saturday. We had a busy day today getting to the port, settling into our cabin and exploring the ship.

I am sailing this weekend with my sister, Angie.

Around 11:30 a.m. today, Angie and I started our drive from Florida to Mobile, which took us just under 2 hours. As we drove into downtown Mobile, we could see the famous Carnival tail in the distance.

Carnival Ecstasy Live Blog Preview

I’m excited to announce Cruise Blog will be hitting the high seas!

This week, I’ll be sailing on Carnival Ecstasy from Mobile, Alabama for a 4-night cruise to Mexico and back. We leave on Thursday and return on Monday morning.

Throughout the cruise, I plan to live blogging each day of the voyage to share our experiences both onshore and onboard the ship.

Our itinerary is short and sweet with two days at sea and a stop in Cozumel, Mexico. This cruise seemed like the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway.

Carnival Cruise executive think cruise lines are "recession-resilient"

With second quarter performance showing a surge of bookings and increased occupancy for sailings, Carnival Corporation is hopeful about the cruise line’s future.

Even with the threat of an impending recession, Carnival Cruise executives and analysts think the cruise line is well positioned to handle any economic downturn. 

While certainly not recession-proof, Carnival's executive team expressed confidence in the company’s long-term outlook. This is, in part, because of pent-up cruising demand from the pandemic. 

Carnival reports higher revenue and bookings as cruise line looks to profitability

Carnival Corp. released its second quarter financial update on Friday, June 24 with overall positive news for the cruise line. The company reported its revenue has increased 50% and bookings have doubled since the first quarter. 

Although Carnival Corp. reported a net loss of $1.9 billion for the quarter, the cruise line reports that cash turned positive in April 2022 thanks to continued sequential improvements of bookings. The company ended the second quarter with positive cash flow although revenue came up short of the cruise line’s expectations. 

Carnival Cruise Line Cancellation Policy

Life is busy and things pop up, and sadly sometimes we need to cancel a cruise. Not a fun prospect, but something we should be prepared for.

Before you book a cruise, it is a good idea to understand cancellation policies, especially as it relates to any promotional pricing and packages. Details regarding how much money you will get back, timeframes and processes are all things to know ahead of time.

Carnival provides its customers with some options to get their money back, or credit, when cancelling a cruise.  

Carnival Cruise Line announces return to New York City homeport

Carnival Cruise Line has officially returned to New York, meaning that the cruise line has retuned to service in all 14 of their U.S. home ports.

Yesterday, June 16, marked the first day since March 2020 that a Carnival Cruise Line ship had returned to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Carnival Cruise Line’s ship the Carnival Magic docked in New York to celebrate the occasion.

Carnival Cruise Line implements new program for individuals with diet and food restrictions

Carnival Cruise line is introducing a new program by the name of ‘Menu Mate food ingredient’ in order to better accommodate guests who sail with the line who have special diet and food requests, such as guests with food allergies.

Fire aboard Carnival cruise ship docked at Grand Turk

This morning, May 26th, Carnival Cruise Line’s ship Carnival Freedom experienced a fire onboard while docked at the Grand Turk port in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Guide to Amber Cove

Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove is Carnival Cruise Line’s private port destination.

Carnival Cruise Line begins construction on new cruise port destination in The Bahamas

Carnival Cruise Line announced today, May 12, 2022 that construction has begun on their newest cruise port destination on Grand Bahama Island.

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