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Jennifer de la Cruz
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New Orleans-Based Carnival Conquest Departs For Multi-Million-Dollar Refurbishment in the Bahamas
To Celebrate Ship's New Innovations, Carnival Is Hosting an Online Contest Awarding Free Seven-Day Caribbean Cruise for Two
MIAMI (October 15, 2012) - The rollout of Carnival's $500 million "Fun Ship 2.0" fleetwide enhancement program continues with New Orleans' largest year-round cruise ship, Carnival Conquest, departing for a two-week dry dock in Freeport, The Bahamas.
The ship, which left New Orleans yesterday, will undergo a major multi-million-dollar refurbishment to receive dramatic upgrades in dining, bar and entertainment. Among the many highlights are Guy's Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, an EA SPORTS Bar, and the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.
To celebrate, Carnival is hosting a sweepstakes via its Web site awarding one lucky winner a free Carnival Conquest cruise for two to the Caribbean. Entering the contest is easy - participants simply complete an on-line registration form at http://www.carnival.com/ between Oct. 15-28, 2012, and they are automatically entered into a random drawing for the seven-day cruise. Consumers can also view a series of fun videos documenting Carnival Conquest's refurbishment progress on the web site throughout the two-week period.
When Carnival Conquest returns to service at the Port of New Orleans October 28, 2012, the ship will feature a host of enhancements, including:
New Entertainment Offerings
By early December, Carnival Conquest will also feature Hasbro, The Game Show and Playlist Productions. Hasbro, The Game Show makes guests the stars of the show through larger-than-life adaptations of the company's iconic board games, while Playlist Productions is a dramatic retooling of Carnival's legendary revues that combines captivating live performances with high-tech LED staging and special effects that set a new standard in seagoing productions.
"The refurbishment of Carnival Conquest is the latest example of our continued investment in our New Orleans-based cruise program," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO. "Carnival is New Orleans' largest cruise operator with two year-round ships carrying nearly 340,000 passengers a year."
In addition to Carnival Conquest, which operates seven-day Caribbean cruises, Carnival Elation offers four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans to Mexico.
For additional information and reservations on Carnival's "Fun Ship" cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating a wide array of voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska and a variety of international destinations. Carnival is New Orleans' number one cruise line and has two ships based in New Orleans year-round, the Carnival Elation which offers four and five-day Mexico cruises, and the Carnival Conquest which offers seven-day Caribbean voyages.