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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 6 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 6 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

2016 Mardi Grad…

Feb 6 - 9, 2016
Mardi Gras - 2016 Parade Schedule Sat,… more

Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 6 - 27, 2016
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Backyard Grooves

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Double Dose

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Mama's Music

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Mardi Gras Balcony…

Feb 6 - 9, 2016
MARDI GRAS BOURBON STREET BALCONY TICKETS 6 HOURS OPEN BAR, LOUISIANA BUFFET… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 6 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 6 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 6 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The House of Groove

Feb 06, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Photography of…

Feb 6 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 6 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Bacchus Bash

Feb 7 - 7, 2016
Bacchus Bash, the annual Mardi Gras extravaganza, returns Sunday, February 7.… more

Ultimate Louisiana…

Feb 7 - 9, 2016
This is a three-day festival from Feb 7th-9th, 2016. The Human Circuit plays… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 08, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Krewe of Orpheus -…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Experience a side of Mardi Gras seldom seen by New Orleanians or visitors, and… more

Krewe of Orpheus…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join us for the Orpheus Parade. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its… more

Lundi Gras at the…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join our Lundi Gras Celebration– kid style! Decorate your own king cake.… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 6 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

Carnival Conquest Returns to New Orleans with Multi-million Dollar Enhancements

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

  • RedFrog Rum Bar, an open-air Caribbean-themed watering hole offering refreshing rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival's private label draft brew, ThirstyFrog Red, all enjoyed in a laid-back island-infused atmosphere.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a friendly rival just across the deck from the RedFrog Rum Bar, this Mexican-themed poolside bar specializes in frozen cocktails and Mexican beers.
  • Alchemy Bar, a vintage-themed cocktail "pharmacy" featuring interesting drink flavors, and ingredients, with expert mixologists who "prescribe" concoctions from different fun categories. Guests can also try their hand at creating their own custom cocktails.

  • EA SPORTS Bar, the ultimate hangout for sports fanatics where patrons can view live sporting events on large-screen televisions, play popular EA SPORTS video games and keep up with the latest scores on a 24/7 sports ticker.

  • Guy's Burger Joint, created in partnership with Food Network personality and chef Guy Fieri, this complimentary poolside venue serves the best burgers at sea and hand-cut fries with innovative toppings and condiments.
  • BlueIguana Cantina, a free-of-charge Mexican cantina offering a variety of fresh tacos and burritos that can be personalized by diners at an extensive salsa and toppings bar.

  • The Punchliner Comedy Club & The Punchliner Comedy Brunch presented by George Lopez brings even more laughs with a lineup of comedic talent, curated by the popular comedian and TV personality, along with a humorous twist on brunch.
  • Cherry on Top celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun-and-fanciful gifts, just-because novelties, colorful custom apparel and more.
  • Hasbro, The Game Show and Playlist Productions will also be added to Carnival Conquest by early December. 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.

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.

Carnival can also be found on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise 

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival 

Flickr:  www.flickr.com/photos/carnivalcruiselines/ 

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/carnivalcruise/

Journalists also can visit Carnival's media site, http://www.carnivalpressroom.com/ or follow the line's PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR 

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. 

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