Hey Carnival lovers. This press release just in from Carnival.
CARNIVAL'S 'RUSTY WALLACE CRUISE' SERIES TO CONTINUE IN 2004
Carnival Conquest to Host Sixth Edition of the Popular Racing-Themed Cruise
Dec. 5, 2004
MIAMI (March 11, 2004) - Carnival Cruise Lines will continue its
popular "Rusty Wallace Cruise" series in 2004 with a seven-day western
Caribbean voyage aboard the 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest departing New
Orleans Dec. 5.
The week-long voyage will include numerous opportunities to interact
with the NASCAR legend, as well as a variety of racing-themed contests and
giveaways. Ports of call include Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
"We're delighted that Rusty and his fans will join us for the sixth
'Rusty Wallace Cruise,' which offers racing fans a unique opportunity to get
'up close and personal' with one of NASCAR's most popular drivers," said Bob
Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
Commented Rusty Wallace, "With the race season being so long, it is
hard to meet my fans at every race event. The Carnival cruise experience
allows me to interact with my fans in a fun, relaxing environment."
Each "Rusty Wallace Cruise" participant will enjoy a number of
exclusive, invitation-only activities, including question and answer and
autograph sessions, a private cocktail reception, and photo opportunities
with Wallace featuring a racing-themed backdrop. Various other activities,
including raffles and giveaways, trivia contests, and a scavenger hunt, will
be featured, as well.
Prizes will also be awarded, including complimentary pit and garage
passes, autographed racing memorabilia, and an opportunity to be an honorary
member of Wallace's pit crew. Participants can also win a chance to dine
with Wallace one night during the cruise.
Additionally, the first 100 bookings to make reservations on their "Rusty
Wallace Cruise" will receive a goody bag during the cruise, filled with an
assortment of racing-themed logo items and merchandise.
In addition to the wide variety of "Rusty Wallace Cruise" events and
activities, participants can enjoy Carnival Conquest's numerous resort-style
features and facilities.
These include a 14,500-square-foot health club, four swimming pools,
a 214-foot-long corkscrew water slide, an Internet café, a full gambling
casino, and expansive children's play room, part of the complimentary "Camp
Carnival children's program. A teen club, including a video game room,
dance club and soda/coffee bar, is also featured.
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest, which entered service in
November 2002, also houses four restaurants, including twin two-level main
dining rooms, a two-deck-high poolside eatery and an upscale
"steakhouse-style" supper club.
Prices for the 2004 "Rusty Wallace Cruise" begin at $529 per person
based on double occupancy. Round-trip air supplements and special rates for
third and fourth guests sailing in the same stateroom are also available.
Reservations for the "Rusty Wallace Cruise" can be made through any
travel agent or by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL.
Participants must reference fare code CPRW when making a reservation to be
eligible for the invitation-only events taking place on this voyage.
Information on the Carnival Conquest and other "Fun Ships" within the
Carnival fleet is available at carnival.com.
Carnival Cruise Lines is a proud member of the exclusive World's Leading
Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The
Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a
commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets. Together, we offer exciting and enriching cruise
vacations to the world's most desirable destinations
I am going. I went last year as well. I had a blast-I am a travel agent and my company sent me and my husband for free-all I had to do was work it (keep the passengers happy). We already have booked our cruise for this year as well-got a agent discount!
Any other Rusty fans?
My husband is a huge Rusty fan. I'm thinking about booking this one as a suprise for his birthday, anniversary, Christmas. I understand there were extra perks if you booked early, but gotta see if I can get more time off work. I'm leaving in July on my second Glory cruise. Is this something that will sell out early?
We went on a Rusty cruise on the Sensation in Dec. of 2001. While Rusty isn't "my" driver I had a great time.
We were some of the early bookers when we went and besides the bag of Rusty stuff we got a bag of Carnival stuff (tote bag, t-shirt, key chain, ect) as our early booker gift. On our sailing over half the ship was part of the Rusty group. So I don't know if they cap the number of people that can be part of the group. For some of the more person on person activities (pictures, autographs, ect) they broke the large group into 3 smaller groups to keep the crowd size down.