The appeal of longer sailings on Carnival Cruise Line might be set to increase thanks to a number of unique activities and dining experiences set to feature on selected longer voyages including one-way Trans-Pacific cruises, all part of the new ‘Carnival Journeys’ passenger program which debuted on Carnival Legend this week as it set sail from Sydney for its repositioning back to Honolulu.
Already in place in the US, the program has been expanded to Carnival Legend for its twice-annual journey across the Pacific between the US and Australia at the beginning and end of its local season. Carnival Journeys aims to offer more in-depth destination experiences to further boost the onboard entertainment offerings during the longer stretches spent at sea.
Under the label ‘Academy of Fun’, guests will be able to engage in cultural music and dance lessons in line with a destination soon to be visited by the ship. Examples include South Pacific, Polynesian and Hawaiian music and dance, where guests could learn the hula among other regionally themed movements. In addition to music, passengers will be able to attend informative classes on photography, astronomy, art, food and social media along with opportunities to put their skills into practice with star-gazing in the middle of the ocean.
Guests will be able to get to know their crew members on a more personal level with new ‘Cruise Connection’ events where Q&A sessions will be held with different members of the ship’s crew including the Executive Chef, Housekeepers, Entertainers and Head Officers. Activities such as behind-the-scenes galley tours, meet & greet events and even a talent show will be held especially for crew to showcase their own personal skills.
One particular entertainment highlight sure to be popular are the “Throwback Sea Days” where Carnival Legend will time-travel back to 1987 to give passengers a glimpse into what cruising was like nearly 30 years ago. Crew members will be dressed in the uniform of the era, while old music, pool and deck games will take place including quoits and shuffleboard.
At night, the retro party will start with an eighties dinner menu complete with the classic cruise favourite Baked Alaska, before moving to the nightclub for an old-school disco and concluding with a midnight buffet. Throwback Sea Days will take place at different points throughout the voyage.
There are currently at least three good opportunities to experience the Carnival Journeys program. Carnival Legend will head back to Australia from Hawaii on 23 September 2016 for its next 17-night Trans-Pacific cruise. Alternatively, its 19-night east-bound voyage next year to Hawaii is scheduled for 01 April 2017, returning once again on 22 September 2017.