Carnival Cruise Line has parted ways with George Lopez. The contract between the cruise line and the comedian, which was introduced in 2011, was for five years. When it expired earlier this year, Carnival chose not to renew it, said Jennifer De La Cruz, vice president of corporate communications. Instead Carnival is reinvesting the money into other areas of the onboard experience. All Punchliner Comedy Clubs will lose the “Presented by George Lopez” suffix.
Beginning with its June 6 sailing, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Triumph will be the next ship to receive the line’s HUB app as part of a fleetwide rollout. The cell phone app, which first launched on Carnival Breeze about a year ago, offers passengers free access to daily schedules, onboard account balances, dining info and deck plans. The app is available for download on iPhone and Android devices.
Two 14-night Crystal cruises in November and December 2016 will each offer two themed programs onboard, a first for the line. Crystal Serenity’s November 22 roundtrip New Orleans cruise will focus on jazz and micro-brews, while its December 6 New Orleans-to-Miami sailing will be themed around golf and mind/body/spirit. Guest lecturers and musicians will join these fall Caribbean sailings to entertain and educate passengers.