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Carnival Cruise Line To Celebrate 50 years of Midnight Buffets, Jello Shots and Belly Flops

President Christine Duffy says "you only turn 50 once so we had to go big".

Kicking off its year-long 50th birthday festivities, Carnival Cruise Line today has announced its Sailabrations cruises that will begin later this week and run through March 10, 2022.

The commemorative birthday sailings will feature at-sea ship meetups, as well as special entertainment and programming, the company said.

“We only turn 50 once, so we had to go big, and what’s bigger than a year-long birthday celebration that begins with our special Sailabrations cruises,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “From the minute our guests walk into our terminals, they’ll know they are at the biggest and best birthday party ever.”

Before stepping on board, guests will be welcomed into Carnival’s cruise terminals-turned-birthday parties with fun music, signage and décor. Upon embarkation, the celebration begins as each ship will host a 50th Birthday Bash Sailaway Party where guests are invited to wear their favorite Carnival gear, vintage or modern, as Playlist Productions cast members join the ships' Cruise Director, Fun Squad and DJs to rock to festive tunes.

Other unique entertainment that will debut on the Sailabrations will include Carnival-themed puzzles; 1972 fun-fact trivia with commemorative 50th Birthday medallions; a Build-A-Bear Birthday Party featuring the debut of a special-edition cuddly bear; and a Rollin’ In Riches casino event. The sailings will also include the debut of new, exclusive collections of specially-designed and collectable retail offerings.

Ships throughout the Carnival fleet will meet to host the biggest birthday parties at sea. The meetups include:

  • March 5: Carnival Radiance and Carnival Miracle (Baja, Mexico, outside Ensenada)

  • March 7: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Glory, Mardi Gras, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Vista (Western Caribbean, between Cozumel and Costa Maya)

  • March 9: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Sunshine (The Bahamas, between Eleuthera and Nassau)

  • March 11: Carnival Miracle and Carnival Panorama (Baja, Mexico, outside Ensenada)

What would be the grandest birthday party if not for the biggest Ship-Tok at sea? Taught and led by the ships’ Cruise Director and Fun Squad, the choregraphed dance is inspired by Carnival’s 50th birthday and will be posted on TikTok. Guests are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their Carnival spirit.

Guests will also have the opportunity to indulge in a specially commemorative dining menu for one night that features some of the most popular Carnival dishes from the past 50 years.

A selection of all-new birthday-themed beverages will debut on these sailings, including a Birthday Bellini at Seaday Brunch, a special Carnival Birthday Beer from Carnival’s own brewmasters that will be both canned and on tap, and Carnival’s 50th Birthday Tini.

And where there’s dining on Carnival, there’s entertainment, so guests can also expect to witness Carnival’s original main dining room show set to Bob Marley’s classic “Could You Be Loved,” as well as a Baked Alaska Farewell Parade* on the final evening reminiscent of the line’s earlier days.

The Carnival Miracle will be the first Sailabration cruise to set sail when it leaves Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 20 on a Carnival Journeys cruise to Hawaii. Most other Sailabrations will depart the week of March 5.

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