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Jennifer Hudson launches new Carnival Cruise Lines LIVE Concert Series
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Jennifer Hudson launches new Carnival Cruise Lines LIVE Concert Series
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Olivia Newton John
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Lady Antebellum
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For a first in the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled a LIVE Concert Series for Carnival cruise guests.

Carnival announced that it has booked 49 performance dates for a 2014 concert series while ships are docked at select ports of call. Among the featured performers is award-winning Jennifer Hudson.

“Performing live is one of my favorite things,” Hudson said at an exclusive launch event for Carnival LIVE in New York City on Jan. 22. “I’m excited to be part of this unique concert series that will allow me to interact with my fans in such an intimate and memorable setting.”

Beginning April 2014, Carnival LIVE concerts will take place onboard eight Carnival ships that call in the following ports: Cozumel, Mexico; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Catalina Island, California. Artists will join the ship while in port, perform in the main show lounge that evening, and debark following their show.

“Onboard entertainment is an important part of the overall guest experience when cruising,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “With the Carnival LIVE Concert Series, our guests will enjoy an exclusive performance with one of their favorite artists for an extraordinary value."

Along with Hudson, other artists who have been booked are 38 Special, Chicago, Daughtry, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Kansas, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, REO Speedwagon, STYX and Trace Adkins.

Tickets cost $20-40 each for cruise passengers 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, photo opportunity, 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.

In addition to the Carnival LIVE Concert Series, Carnival is also enhancing its popular shipboard house bands. The bands will feature both male and female lead singers, a more choreographed, themed and diverse set list, and increased interaction with guests. Nine Carnival ships currently feature the new bands, with implementation across the full fleet over the course of this year.

“Combined with our enhanced house bands fleet wide, this is just another example of the many ways we are constantly looking to create even more fun and memorable moments for our guests,” Tamis said.

Beginning today, consumers can visit to view the full list of 2014 Carnival LIVE concert dates.

To get Carnival LIVE tickets, first choose a desired sailing date and book a cruise as usual. Then, go to to purchase concert tickets online. Note that concertgoers must already have a cruise booked to purchase tickets. 

For additional information: Call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit