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Cruise News / Carnival donates $2 million
« Last post by texaspepper on August 31, 2017, 10:42:51 AM »

Carnival Cruise Line, and its parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation are pledging a minimum of $2 million to relief and rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004.

Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation, are each donating $500,000 to Harvey disaster relief efforts, for a total donation of $1 million from the company. Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine are matching the corporation’s commitment with a $1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation.

To help generate additional relief funds, cruise guests sailing on certain Carnival Cruise Line cruises will have the option to make a donation when they check in for their cruise, while the corporation’s brands and employees will be participating as well.

“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, and all of us throughout the Carnival Corporation family feel a responsibility to do our part in supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in a region that we call home and where so many of our guests and business partners live and work,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are very committed to the Gulf Coast as a vibrant and special part of the North American cruise industry, and our commitment will remain as strong as ever during the region’s recovery process. We know this storm is still active, so we will continue to hold positive thoughts for everyone in the region while exploring ways to support affected communities as they recover and rebuild.”

Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Corporation are working together with emergency response authorities, community leaders, and key relief and recovery organizations to identify the most urgent needs and immediate allocations for the donated funds. The donation will be used to maximize positive impacts on recovery efforts and support on-the-ground teams that are distributing emergency supplies and aiding rebuilding efforts targeting the most affected families in the region.
Cruise Tips / Re: Hey Tex, I have an idea
« Last post by texaspepper on February 27, 2016, 05:59:40 PM »
Are you still cruising???
My stay at Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort was 7 nights 8 days May 28 -  June 3, 2013.  Flight from DFW to Cancun was on Spirit Airways and that is all I will say about Spirit.
Arrived about 5:15 to the lobby and was greeted by Jesus the Bellman and was taken direct to the check in desk where a cool drink was waiting and smiling faces welcoming me to the CAT and was given the key to my Superior Deluxe Room in building 6, room 6146. Special thanks to CAT GM Silvia Ortega and Heather at the Concierge for the 5 Star service and special help and concern before and during my stay. 

OK now for the core review Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort.
When I waked into my room it was like walking into a Sheraton Hotel Room.  No kidding.  King size bed with ultra-comfortable mattress, big pillows, comforter, huge flat screen TV, beautiful lighting throughout the room, room safe, clock radio, WiFi, coffee maker, stocked frig, bath robe, slippers, large balcony with table and 2 chairs.  Well you get the picture in fact check out my photos of the room.
Every foot of the property and building was ultra-clean and well-manicured from the lawns, flowers, walk ways, pool area, bars, and of course the restaurants. Ah, the six restaurants.  Never went without good food and good choices.  Breakfast Buffet with loads of fresh fruit, fresh baked bread, trays of sides, bacon, sausage, potatoes, beans, muffins, and kind and courteous, polite, respectful, and considerate in manner from the cook cooking your omelet, fried eggs or waiters serving you. Each morning for those who want a Bloody Mary, there is a small table at the juice bar with all the ingredients to make your own Bloody Mary. Special kudos to Hector at the La Brisa Restaurant for his kindness and conversations at breakfast. There is a very wide variety of specialty dinning venues available from Italian, Tapas, La Carte crepes and ice-cream for children, Mexican, Steak Grill at night and my favorite, Mikado Japanese Restaurant offering you a wide variety of Asian food. Highlights include the sushi and 4 entertaining Japanese teppanyaki tables. The show stealer is the food being cooked, live, right before your eyes. 

The bars and drinks a located in each restaurant area as well at the Tequila Swim Up Bar in the pool area and the Lobby Bar located just outside the theater entrance.  You will not go thirsty at the CAT where each drink in poured special for the guest.  Not required, but if you wish for a “stronger” pour by adding a shot or two more, a tip to the bartender is thoughtful.   
OK I just have to comment on folks that go to the CAT or other AIs and they say they did not like the food nor could find food they liked. Huh?  Forgive me, but if you could not find something at the CAT to please your appetite, well what can I say. . . you must crave McDonald's.  SMILE
Don't miss the shows nightly.  Hey the Entertainment Team works so hard to entertain the guest nightly and also around the pool daily.  Oh, there is one special guy who does the pool area daily and dresses up crazy and his name slips my mind but he, Carmen and the others at the pool work hard at activities, dance, exercise at the pool area.  Oh ya, on Sunday nights in the El Abuelo Lobby Bar where Meheil (?) is bartender they have live Karaoke at 9:30 PM.  It's a hoot as they say in Texas.  The team got me up on stage and I sang "New York, New York" (I never met a microphone I did not like) in the final I was chosen the winner.  T-shirt and some goodies.   
The beach is smaller than other resorts I have stayed in on the Riviera Maya Coast, but that not to say it is by any means a negative. A lagoon, a beach wall with a walkway and a nice beach just to the south about 50 yards.  Beach towels are in your room or you pick them up at the beach hut and never had a problem with finding a beach chair.  Of course, I was a party of 1 person so a party of 4+ it might be different. 

The Puerto Aventuras Marina is about a 15 minute walk on the road or you can get the use of a free bike at the CAT.  Also, Golf Carts are available for rent at about $24US for four hours.  A couple of restaurants, pharmacy, souvenir shops and Swim With The Dolphins.

And no my camera is not a time machine.  It is a new camera and I forgot to set the year to 2013.  Should have turned off the time date stamp.
Would I return to Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort?  Is the Pope Catholic? Would return in a heartbeat!
Respectfully submitted by David Barnard, Fort Worth, TX AKA; Texaspepper

View Video Of CRM.  Click the link below.
Wow, you have been traveling.  My last trip in Nov 2009 was flying to Barcelona, Spain for 3 days and then joining RCCL Voyager of the Seas for a 16 day Trans Atlantic crossing to Galveston, TX.  I hear very good things about the resort I am going to from Seabass and others on Loco Gringo Board as well as Trip Advisor.  I'll post a report and photo video upon my return.  Again good to hear from you and don't be a stranger here on the board.  TP
Catalonia Riviera Maya - All Inclusive / Re: Catalonia Riviera Maya for 05/28/13
« Last post by Rickster on April 25, 2013, 12:18:22 PM »
I have fallen in love with europe for the last few years. have some buddies in Ireland, Germany, Austria, Russia, Wales, Scotland, England so have been spending time over there. Looking into a Mexico trip I hope in the fall or spring and would like to go back to Riviera maya. Last time we spent a few day trips in Akumal and loved it so the Beach Resort in looking good. Also love Aventuras so a review from there would be nice. Have a great time.

Hey Rickster. . .great to hear from you.  I'll check the bar out.  It should be about a 10 min walk from the Catalonia Riviera Maya.  Hows thing with the Rickster?  Vacationing anywhere this year?
Catalonia Riviera Maya - All Inclusive / Re: Catalonia Riviera Maya for 05/28/13
« Last post by Rickster on April 25, 2013, 09:32:14 AM »
Hey Tex. Hows it going. Yes it's me. The Rickster. Was just looking through some old bookmarks and here we are. Brings back a lot of laughs and smiles. Please let me know about this place. I did spend sometime in Aventuras at a bar by the Dolphin pool. Loved the whole area. The guy that ran the bar was named Dave. A real piece of work. Hammered all day but the nicest host around. Doubt he is still alive or if he is, he will be my new hero. Have fun there and talk soon.

Catalonia Riviera Maya - All Inclusive / Catalonia Riviera Maya for 05/28/13
« Last post by texaspepper on March 03, 2013, 07:42:46 PM »
It was a toss up between returning to Akumal Beach Resort or booking a new booking at Catalonia Riviera Maya.  CRM won based on cost and amenities.  Seabass from this board told me he knows the GM at CRM and would try to get me a room upgrade.  Back to Mexico.  Ya.

Remembering Club Mavea Tulum / Re: CMT Memories #1
« Last post by texaspepper on January 04, 2013, 08:04:46 AM »
Most welcome.  Feel free to use me as a reference should you decide to stay at Akumal Beach Resort.  I know the GM and his close staff.
David Barnard
AKA Texaspepper
Remembering Club Mavea Tulum / Re: CMT Memories #1
« Last post by leanright on January 03, 2013, 08:14:06 PM »
Excellent, thank you kindly sir. 
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