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Carnival Spirit's Sale starts today for its 2012 & 2013 departures! It's one of the best & most affordable opportunities to experience the ship, as well as receiving up to $400 on board spending money PLUS only paying 50% of the usual deposit to book a cabin. Whether you want to play nine holes of mini golf at 21 knots, take the ultimate plunge at Carnival Waterworks or dine in one of the many restaurants, there is something for everyone! The sale ends Tuesday 17th July so get in quick with savings & bonuses like this cabins won't last long. Our experienced consultants are available 7 days a week on 1800 121 187!

As mentioned in previous newsletters we currently have our Cruise Master Martine Hero escorting a Grand France River Cruise Tour. Martine emailed us an update this week letting us know that everyone is having a fabulous time, tasting regional food & enjoying plenty of sightseeing. With Bastille Day celebrations this Saturday & Cadel Evans still in Tour De France contention Martine & her group are in for an exciting weekend.

 
Highlights from this edition...
 

Something for Everyone!

Wanting a family holiday, a bet at the track or just a relaxing trip away with a loved one? We have a cruise for you. P&O have a great Melbourne Cup package from Sydney including transfers & race entrance aboard Pacific Jewel for this year. Cruise the Sth Pacific on Pacific Pearl with up to $100 on board spending money or relax & unwind in NZ aboard the Sun Princess from Brisbane from only $121/day. Cabins selling fast!
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Last Minute Savings + MORE!

Carnival Spirit is due to arrive in Australia very soon & to celebrate Clean Cruising are offering up to $400 on board spending money & half price deposits on its departures from Sydney. Relax in the Serenity adults only area this spring, cruising the South Pacific, experience the Green Thunder & Waterworks Park or plan a spectacular New Year's Eve in Fiji! On sale for only 7 days - Dont delay - Call 1800 121 187
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School Holidays & Early Birds

What better opportunity to layby your future cruise holiday! With great South Pacific itineraries for the Easter School Holidays or early bird sailings to NZ & the Pacific from both Melbourne & Sydney. Take advantage of our half price deposits this week as well as up to $400 spending money & pay off your 2013 itineraries from only $28 p/w. If you need a getaway or want to know more about our layby options call us 1800 121 187
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Something for everyone with P&O & Princess
16 DEC 2012
ex Brisbane
14
NIGHTS
New Zealand Cruise
Sun Princess
from $1,698
($121/day)
Up to $75 OBC
Selling Fast!
Cruse Details
3 NOV 2012
ex Sydney
6
NIGHTS
Melbourne Cup Cruise
Pacific Jewel
from $1,344
($224/day)
Transfers/Entrance to
Flemington included
Cruse Details
17 OCT 2012
ex Sydney
10
NIGHTS
Pacific Sensation
Pacific Pearl
from $1,207
($121/day)
Up to $100 OBC
All Kids Spaces
Cruse Details
24 NOV 2012
ex Brisbane
14
NIGHTS
White Cloud Wonders
Pacific Dawn
from $2,007
($143/day)
Up to $100 OBC
All Kids Spaces
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Last Minute Savings - Up to $400obc & 50% Deposit
 
20 OCT 2012
ex Sydney
8
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $990
($124/day)
Up to $150 OBC
50% Deposit
Cruse Details
27 NOV 2012
ex Sydney
9
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,160
($129/day)
Up to $300 OBC

Cruse Details
28 OCT 2012
ex Sydney
11
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,290
($117/day)
Up to $400 OBC
50% Deposit
Cruse Details
27 DEC 2012
ex Sydney
12
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands & Fiji Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $2,329
($194/day)
Up to $400 OBC
50% Deposit
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
School Holidays & Early Bird departures - Layby Now
 
21 APR 2013
ex Sydney
8
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,169
($146/day)
Up to $150 OBC
50% Deposit
Layby from $28p/w
Cruse Details
9 MAY 2013
ex Sydney
10
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,349
($135/day)
Up to $400 OBC
50% Deposit
Layby from $31p/w
Cruse Details
21 MAR 2013
ex Sydney
12
NIGHTS
Pacific Islands & Fiji Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,569
($131/day)
Up to $400 OBC
50% Deposit
Layby from $49p/w
Cruse Details
1 MAR 2013
ex Melbourne
13
NIGHTS
New Zealand
Cruise
Carnival Spirit
From $1,490
($115/day)
Up to $400 OBC
50% Deposit
Layby from $52p/w
Cruse Details
*Prices are in AUD per adult twin share & subject to availability. Other conditions may apply
Carnival Cruise's Colourful History
 

The History of Carnival Cruises
Carnival today is a vastly different company than the one started from humble beginnings more than three decades ago. Carnival was launched with a converted transatlantic ocean liner and a dream of entrepreneur Ted Arison, a pioneer in the modern-day cruise industry who set out to realize his vision of making a vacation experience once reserved for the very rich accessible to the average person.

Ted Arison, was an Israeli-American businessman who co-founded Norwegian Cruise Lines in 1966 & founded Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972.

Determined to make it in the cruise industry, Ted approached a wealthy old school friend, Meshulam Riklis, who agreed to support him & in January 1972, they took a small team including his vital lieutenant Meshulam Zonis to England with the intention of buying "Saxonia" and "Ivernia" laid-up by Cunard. They found, however that the ships were in a very bad condition and would take many months to restore to operational service. They also inspected "Empress of Canada", which was also in bad shape, but was at least operational. The decision was taken to proceed. Riklis who owned American International Travel Services (AITS) of Boston, formed a new subsidiary, Carnival Cruise Lines, with a capital of $6.5 million and Ted Arison was appointed manager. It will be noticed that this was the same amount as the missing NCL deposits. The new company bought "Empress of Canada" from Canadian Pacific for $6.5 million, but a large part of the purchase was financed by bank loans, leaving a margin for working capital. The ship was renamed "Mardi Gras" and after carrying out basic maintenance work, she sailed from Tilbury for Miami on 25 February 1972.

Arison arranged an inaugural cruise for US travel agents & as the ship left Miami the pilot ran her onto a mud bank. Luckily she came off on the next tide & the US travel agents were amused by the incident but distinctly unimpressed with Mardi Gras. The Canadian Pacific two class layout, the large number of small cabins that were without private facilities and the poor general standard of outfit, all compared very unfavourably with Kloster's smaller modern ships. Arison vowed to change all of these faults, but he could not afford to take the ship out of service for a major refit. A team of workers lived on board and began a rolling programme of modernisation. This activity did not help passenger bookings however and the load factor was only about 60%. At this load level losses began to mount and the company faced severe cash flow difficulties.

Early in 1973, AITS bought the Riviera resort hotel in Las Vegas and the Nevada Gaming Commission asked AITS to dispose of its interests in Carnival. In 1974, Arison agreed to buy the near bankrupt Carnival Cruise Lines for $1 and to take over responsibility for $5 million debts. The investment was taken in the name of a newly formed Panamanian company – Carnival Corporation.

Ted Arison approached several cruise operators to form partnerships, but without success. He and the Zonis management team redoubled their efforts to rescue the business. Every cent of expenditure was examined for savings. The rebuilding of "Mardi Gras" with acceptable accommodation was almost complete and most importantly for the American market, a casino had been added. The marketing and sales team launched an aggressively advertised campaign to attract a younger clientele (25-40 year olds) to their "Fun Ship". Most importantly, Ted's young, college drop out son Micky Arison took to the road and visited dozens of important travel agents to convince them that the ship was greatly improved and to persuade them to offer Carnival's product to their clients.

Their combined efforts were successful and the load factor began to climb so that by the end of 1975, "Mardi Gras" was operating at 100% capacity. Carnival was saved from bankruptcy, the next step was to turn the company into a money making proposition. It is however very difficult to operate a profitable single ship cruise company, but Carnival had one great advantage over its sleek European rivals. It only operated in the US cruise business. The other companies had largely been established by European shipowners who had made spectacular profits from the early 1970s tanker boom. When the boom turned into an OPEC instigated bust, cruise profits were used to support their main businesses and cruise investment ceased. The other companies had virtually ceased to expand their cruise activities. By contrast every cent that Carnival could squeeze out if its operations was used to grow its business.

During 1975 Carnival spotted an opportunity following the bankruptcy of Greek Line that was very anxious to sell the two passenger ships it had acquired. A Carnival team quickly established that although Olympia, which had been refitted just prior the bankruptcy, was in the best condition and cleaner, Queen Anna Maria (ex Empress of Britain) had much more potential. All of her passenger cabins had been re-fitted with private facilities and full air conditioning installed.

In the autumn of 1977, the SAFMARINE/ Union Castle liner S A Vaal came on the market. She was a most unlikely candidate for cruise duties. Although she was 32,697 tons, she was designed to carry vast amounts of cargo and only 728 passengers, many in extremely small cabins. What impressed Zonis however was the space available. In addition both the Union Castle crew and office staff knew of the great work done by Carnival on their two CP ships, and they wanted S A Vaal to go to a good home. Zonis telephoned Ted Arison and urged him to act quickly to buy the ship. Without seeing her, he bought S A Vaal for a bargain $3 million. S A Vaal was renamed Festivale and sent to Kawasaki for a complete rebuild. It re-entered service on 31 August 1978 & was now able to accommodate 1,432 passengers and had a wide range of new public rooms. She was the largest and fastest cruise ship operating in the Caribbean and was an instant success.

In 1979, with all three of Carnival's ships making excellent profits and the dispute with NCL settled out of court, Ted Arison appointed his son Micky as President and he became Chairman. The Arisons also decided that it was time to build their first new ship. Ted went on to build more ships enlarged & improved versions of Tropicale & these new ships doubled Carnival's capacity.

Carnival is now one of eleven cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & PLC. Carnival has the largest fleet in the group, with 23 vessels currently in operation that account for 21.1% of the worldwide market share. Executive control of the company is provided by the North American division of Carnival Corporation, headquartered in Doral, Florida.

With such an interesting & colourful history Carnival Cruise Lines has really lived up to its original concept of "Fun". With day & night entertainment, musical performances, casinos, water parks, the world's steepest & fastest waterslide at sea & more. If you would like to learn more about the entertaining history of the cruise-ship empires a must read, which is compulsory here at Clean Cruising is "Devils on the Deep Blue Sea: The Dreams, Schemes and Showdowns that Built America's Cruise-ship Empires" or to experience the "FUN" of a Carnival Cruise call us on 1800 121 187.
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