Carnival KNOWS Fun: Rock The Deck This Summer! #CarnivalConcert

 

If you live in Atlanta, Washington D.C, Houston, or Dallas–you’re in luck because Carnival Cruise in now an Official Concert Series Sponsor at the four Live Nation amphitheater concert venues listed below!

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta
Jiffy Lube Live in Washington D.C.
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston
Superpages.com Center in Dallas

What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that Carnival Facebook Fans will be able to get VIP status through Carnival Cruise Lines and Live Nations Rock The Deck Summer Mystery Tour Sweepstakes! This is a series of Facebook sweepstakes providing five winners and up to three friends with a fun-tastic trip and once-in-a-lifetime VIP music experience at some of the summer’s best concerts. Winners will travel in style and be VIP guests at a top rock, pop or country music performance with the mystery artist unveiled when the winner is announced.  

Look for the following perks to be available through “Rock the Deck”: VIP priority seating, in-venue visibility, fan interaction, exclusive artist access, pre-show entertainment gatherings, “Carnival Sailgate Parties,” Carnival-reserved VIP seating areas for fans, and photos capturing concertgoers enjoying the pre-show festivities that will be made available on Carnival’s Facebook page after the events. 

Concert goers attending select Rock The Deck Concert Series shows throughout the season at Carnival-sponsored amphitheatres in the cities above will also have the chance to enjoy Carnival Sailgate parties. These pre-concert parties bring all the fun Carnival has to offer with great tunes and dancing, a live DJ and fun activities with the chance to win VIP ticket upgrades for that evening’s show, more tickets for upcoming concerts and other great Carnival prizes.

 

Photo Credit: Stacie Connerty

 

As part of the Carnival Cruise Ambassador program, I was given complimentary tickets to the local Rascall Flatt concert here in Atlanta. I was going to attend with several Atlanta blogger friends, but there was a family emergency and sadly, I wasn’t able to attend. However, my good friend Stacie from The Divine Miss Mommy was able to attend with her sister and friends. They had a blast at the concert and were given AMAZING seats in the Carnival section.

 

Photo Credit: Stacie Connerty

 

Thank you to Carnival for the tickets and the VIP “Rock the Deck” experience for my friends! Make sure to check out the Rock The Deck Summer Mystery Tour Sweepstakes for your chance to win VIP concert experiences at Live Nation venues in major U.S. cities! 

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship: They Don’t Call It a “Fun Ship” For Nothin’…

So, we are officially back from our 7-day Carnival cruise vacation and we are all going through some major “fun ship” withdrawals. Seriously, when Carnival dubbed their ships “fun ships”…they meant it. There was so much to do aboard the Carnival Fantasy that we didn’t even come close to doing it all.

Every night, you receive a copy of the “Fun Times”, which outlines everything that is going on the next day. Every night, after dinner–we would always head back to our stateroom to browse the “Fun Times” and to check out the new towel animal that would be left on Lucas bed. It was one of the highlights of our day!

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The Fantasy offers something for everyone. There are the obvious things like the Pool

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The Waterworks area

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The Casino

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Ping pong tables, mini golf, and, even life size board games!

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Shopping galore…

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The many bars and lounges. From piano bars to comedy clubs to dance clubs…the Fantasy had it all! Believe it or not, there’s even an art gallery and art auctions with complimentary champagne.

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The Universe Lounge is where all the evening shows happen and this was one of our favorite things to do! We never missed a show…even Lucas went with us and he loved them too. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws I couldn’t take any pictures, but the shows were wonderful. They had everything from Broadway style shows to juggling comedians to an amazing Beatles tribute show called Ticket to Ride.

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Of course, there is dinner, which is an event in itself. The menu changes every night and the wait staff is exceptional.

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Plus, they are so. much. fun. Every night, they put on a little show…from singing to dancing. Check them out!

And, on our 7-day cruise we had two elegant nights. It was a lot of fun to get dressed up and see everyone else on the ship dressed to the nines!

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What I listed above is only a small portion of all the fun activities aboard the Fantasy! There are triviathons, bingo, karaoke, dance classes, tea parties, laser tag, game show contests, round the clock live music, and so much more.

However, if you just want to relax and unwind…you can do that too. There are many places on the Fantasy to just chill out like the adults-only Serenity deck and several lounge areas to name a couple!

There’s even a quiet library area with books and board games that can be checked out.

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Plus, there are a ton of things for the kids to do sans parents…from Camp Carnival to dance clubs just for tweens and teens to arcades and more. More on kids’ activities coming soon in a separate post.

Stay tuned for more posts from our Carnival Cruise vacation and for cruising tips and advice! In the meantime, make sure to follow Carnival on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on their ships and booking, visit them at Carnival.com!

Thank you to Carnival for providing the complimentary 7-day cruise as part of their Mom-bassador Program. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.

Carnival Cruise Shore Excursion #3: Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

Our third and final stop on our Carnival cruise was Grand Turk and honestly…it was our least favorite port. Partly because we were exhausted from two back to back beach days and both Mike and I were sun burned {ouch!}. Partly because we had been seriously spoiled from the absolute beauty of both Blue Lagoon Island and Half Moon Cay. Don’t get me wrong…Grand Turk is very pretty. The water is clear and there are beautiful coconut trees lining the beach…

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but…our other two stops were SO MAGNIFICENTLY BEAUTIFUL. Maybe if we’d stopped at Grand Turk first then our experience would have been different? Either way…don’t let me discourage you from Grand Turk. Like I said it is a beautiful place and getting to the beach area is super quick and easy so that is a huge plus. The ship docks right there and all you have to do is walk down a short pier to reach the beach. Easy peasy!

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For those of you who like to shop…there is shopping aplenty in Grand Turk! Diamonds, gemstones, jewelry, handcrafted souvenirs, apparel, duty-free shopping, and much…much more. I think I read that the Grand Turk shopping center is like 45,000 square feet!

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For the thrill seekers, you have to check out the FlowRider! It is basically a surfing ride that creates an artificial wave utilizing a pair of high-pressure water jets that produce a thin, two- to three-inch layer of water moving over a pre-formed and cushioned surface at high speed.

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Or, you can lounge by the pool at the famous Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville! You can use their pool free of charge and they of course serve food, drinks, cocktails and more so this is a great place to just kick back and relax the day away.

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I think that if we’d rented one of Margaritaville’s Poolside Cabanas, we would have had a much better day in Grand Turk! Check it out:

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– Air-conditioned, private poolside cabana
– Up to four people
– Outdoor shower
– Private deck with loungers
– Waiter service from Margaritaville Restaurant
– $129 per day.  You rent these through the Shore Excursions desk on the Carnival cruise ship.

Stay tuned for more posts from our Carnival Cruise vacation and for cruising tips and advice! In the meantime, make sure to follow Carnival on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on their ships and booking, visit them at Carnival.com!

Thank you to Carnival for providing the complimentary 7-day cruise as part of their Mom-bassador Program. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.