MIAMI (October 29, 2012) - Yesterday, New Orleans' largest year-round cruise ship, Carnival Conquest, returned from a two-week, multi-million dollar dry dock in The Bahamas loaded with new dining, bar and entertainment options. The refurbished ship now features a number of elements of Carnival's $500 million "Fun Ship 2.0" fleetwide enhancement program, including 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 mark the occasion and refurbishment of one of its local vessels, Carnival Cruise Lines made a substantial donation to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. The contribution will specifically be used to help the people in affected parishes in rebuilding after Hurricane Isaac in August, through local organizations including Committee for Plaquemines Recovery and St. Bernard Project.
"United Way of Southeast Louisiana commends Carnival Cruise Lines for making a donation to help the people of St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes rebuild their lives and communities," said Gary Ostroske, President and CEO United Way of Southeast Louisiana. "Because of Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, August 29th is indelibly etched in our minds as a day of heartache and heroes. We thank Carnival for being a corporate hero. With Carnival's support, United Way can help more people in more ways than any single charity."
As New Orleans' largest cruise operator, Carnival Cruise Lines has a long-standing relationship with city. In 2011, the line brought its capacity back to pre-Katrina levels with two year-round ships from the port. The newly refurbished Carnival Conquest operates seven-day Caribbean cruises and Carnival Elation offers four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans to Mexico.
"We are thrilled to welcome Carnival Conquest home to New Orleans with a wide variety of new Fun Ship 2.0 bar and dining venues and onboard entertainment options for our guests to enjoy," said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines. "We continue to invest in our New Orleans-based cruise program and recognize the major economic driver the cruise industry is for the region. As a long-time part of the community, we also are proud to provide support for local families along the coast through United Way of Southeast Louisiana."
Carnival Conquest Dining, Beverage and Entertainment Fun Ship 2.0 Enhancements
Consumers can view a series of fun videos documenting Carnival Conquest's refurbishment process on Carnival.com and across Carnival's social channels.
Next year, Carnival Destiny will get a $155 million makeover - Carnival's most ambitious ship transformation ever. It will get all of the exciting Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment offerings and another 182 new cabins. The redesign will be so extensive that the ship will be renamed Carnival Sunshine following a 49-day dry dock. It will be based out of New Orleans starting next November.
For additional information and reservations on Carnival's "Fun Ship" cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
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About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is building lives and communities. We support health and human service programs of nonprofit agencies, that with United Way, work to strengthen children and youth, the elderly, families and individuals from all walks of life in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information, please visit http://www.unitedwaysela.org/ or call (504) 822-5540. You can find us at www.facebook.com/UnitedWayNola or follow us on twitter: @UnitedWaySELA.
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.