The official launch of the one-of-a-kind Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicked off last week with sold-out performances by world-renowned rock band Styx. Fans packed the show lounges on Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination for an intimate, captivating live performance that brought audiences to their feet. A video recapping the debut of Carnival LIVE featuring Styx can be viewed here.

The Carnival LIVE Concert Series offers guests sailing on select Carnival Cruise Lines ships the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive onboard performance by a diverse roster of popular music artists while ships are docked at a port of call. Carnival has booked 49 performance dates for the 2014 concert series with the following artists:
·         38 Special
·         Chicago
·         Daughtry
·         Foreigner
·         Gavin DeGraw
·         Jennifer Hudson
·         Jewel
·         Kansas
·         Lady Antebellum
·         LeAnn Rimes
·         Martina McBride
·         Olivia Newton-John
·         REO Speedwagon
·         STYX
·         Trace Adkins

Commented Tommy Shaw, guitarist for Styx, “All I know is our boats were rockin’. We had a great time and it looked like our fans loved it, too. Can’t wait to do it again in the fall in Nassau and then in Catalina Island and Cozumel.”

Added Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, “Carnival strives to provide an unforgettable vacation experience for our guests and this unique opportunity to enjoy a favorite band up close and personal in such an exciting and intimate setting is truly awesome.  What an amazing way to relive memories through music and even better to create new ones with family and friends.”

Performances are scheduled on board eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

Tickets cost $20-40 each and a limited number of VIP tickets are also available for each show for $100-$150 each. The VIP experience includes an artist meet and greet, complimentary photo with the band, seating in the first three rows and a commemorative laminated concert pass. All tickets can be purchased through Carnival’s online shore excursion system prior to sailing, or on board participating ships at the shore excursion desk based on availability.

Click here to watch Carnival LIVE’s kickoff performance with Styx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPFBgE6SWI

For additional information, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

Carnival can also be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/carnival

Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR.

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