Wednesday, March 02, 2005

JUST HOW MUCH FUN CAN SCHOOL BE?: Employers and others seeking to enhance their communication skills, and motivate their worker-bees with teamwork and creativity can now tap into the mindset of one of the world’s most successful companies – Carnival Cruise Lines. The new “Carnival Corporate University” offers professional enrichment seminars shedding light on proven management principles that have made Carnival the ruler of all things Fun at sea. “Carnival has earned its leadership position through an unmatched combination of superior products and top-notch service delivered by a highly motivated workforce. With the new ‘Carnival Corporate University,’ we are pleased to share our expertise ... all at a cost that is lower than most land-based training sessions,” says Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO, widely known as one of the industry's savviest marketers. The program, available with any Carnival cruise, encompasses a full schedule of custom- management training sessions created by Carnival’s crack corporate training department, which handles in-house training for the company’s 30,000 shipboard and shoreside employes. Sample programming includes “Win Win,” an interactive exercise on building and maintaining trust; “Charting the Course,” emphasizing effective strategies, and much more. Participants, when not in Carnival Corporate University sessions, are free to enjoy life aboard the Fun Ships. That means formal and casual dining, dancing, entertainment and live music, including Vegas-style production shows, spa luxury, gaming, duty-free shopping, swimming pools and cascading water slides. Carnival ships also have private conference centers and public rooms available for awards receptions and other corporate functions. Prices for “Carnival Corporate University” vary according to group size and number of sessions purchased. Carnival's 20 “Fun Ships” operate voyages of three to 16 days to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe. Two SuperLiners – Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom – are coming on line by February 2007. For details, call (800)-CARNIVAL. While you’re at it, check out Metroguide.com’s cruise port guide at www.portofcallguide.com

Monday, February 28, 2005

PIRATE PLAY ON LABADEE: A new attraction is changing Labadee (Royal Caribbean's exclusive Caribbean port of call)from a private paradise to a privateer's paradise. A pirate-themed water playground, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, features a "sunken" pirate ship and a new mascot, Labadee Luc, appearing on signage. "The new Splash Bash is the perfect addition for guests who want to become pirates of the Caribbean for the day," said Dan Hanrahan, the line’s senior v.p., marketing and sales. Labadee Luc's Splash Bash drips, drizzles and drenches with ground geysers, toppling water buckets, and water archways. Would-be pirates can stage mock battles with four water cannons mounted on the climb-aboard ship and connected wharf, or follow the splash pad's painted-on treasure map trail. The Splash Bash also features a special play area for kids ages 3 to 5 with a central pipe that sends water into three separate play areas. Admission is $5 per guest for a two-hour period. After getting soaked at Splash Bash, guests can dry off near two new volleyball courts with shaded spectator bleachers. Plenty of beach chairs are available. Labadee also offers an Aqua Park with inflatable, floating challenges, including rock-climbing walls, balance logs and trampolines; snorkeling amid marine life; kayak and WaveRunner(r) tours; banana boat rides; and parasailing. Located on the mountainous north coast of Hispaniola, Labadee is a 260-acre wooded peninsula with five spectacular beaches, nature trails, open-air dining areas, beachside bars, native entertainment and a marketplace. For details, call 800-327-6700. While you’re at it, check out Metroguide.com’s cruise port guide at www.portofcallguide.com